WhatsApp language settings: How to change them


Are you looking for a way to select another language on WhatsApp? Here is a guide to change WhatsApp language settings on your phone.

How to change WhatsApp languageAmong the many questions we received daily, one is moving up the charts quickly: How to change WhatsApp language settings. As you’ve probably noticed, the language corresponds to that of your device, and unfortunately to change it you should work on the general phone settings.

In fact, the instant messages application doesn’t provide in itself the chance to select another language, and, once you install it, simply complies with the one already set up on your phone.

Therefore, to make WhatsApp read in German, Italian, French, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu or whatever, it is necessary to change the language in the settings of the phone. The procedure to do it varies based on the model.

How to change WhatsApp language on iPhone

  1. Go to Settings > General > Language & Region.
  2. Tap on iPhone Language.
  3. Choose the desired language.
  4. Tap on Done in the upper right corner.

At the end of the language selection process, for a few seconds, the device will display the black screen with the white Apple. Then the phone restarts with the new selected language and consequently WhatsApp will also be “updated”.

How to change WhatsApp language on Android

In the same way Android lets you choose a different language from the one initially set up.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Language & input.
  3. Select the Language option.
  4. Select the language you want to set up.

After selecting the desired language, the screen will return to the Language & input section, where you will see the language you just set up.

How to change WhatsApp language on Windows phone

  1. First, go to your phone’s Settings.
  2. Next, tap on the Language button.
  3. Press the Add languages option.
  4. Search for the language you want to set up, check the box next to it and tap Done.

To make the upgrade active, tap on the Restart button at the top of the screen.

N.B. On Android and Windows, the procedures may vary depending on the models.

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  • Does anyone know why WhatsApp won’t recognize Canadian English? That’s the main language I have on my iPhone, but any time I write Canadian spellings they get corrected to American (favour -> favor, favourite -> favorite, etc.) or to something completely different (humour -> hum out ?!), and when I correct them they have a squiggly red line underneath. I added British English to my phone languages but it’s not making any difference.

    • Yeh unfortunately developers haven’t solved it yet! Hope they’ll do it soon

      • vijay bhide

        In fact menu language of WhatsApp can be changed irrespective of phone language from WhatsApp settings. Go to WhatsApp settings click on chat. Click on app language and choose language you want to set and menu language will change to that language

  • Frankie

    it depends on your phone

  • James Griffin

    I communicate in three languages, and having to go through all these steps just to match the language to the recipient’s is a bummer. Goodle translate recognizes – usually! – the language in which you are writing. Why can’t WhatsApp do the same?

  • codaholic

    I use the desktop app on my Mac. The computer is set to UK English, WhatsApp uses US English. My iPhone WhatsApp uses UK English 🙁