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How to change language on WhatsApp

In this short how to guide we will explore how quickly and easily you can change the language in the WhatsApp Messenger application.

How to Change WhatsApp Language on iPhone and Android Phone

Hello, I’m Frankie, your official WhatsApp guide on MessagingAppLab.com.

Since WhatsApp is meant to be a global brand, it is becoming an increasingly common question we are receiving. Unfortunately, you will find that WhatsApp has no app specific language settings, but rather corresponds to the primary language you have selected for your mobile device.

Yes, WhatsApp has no language settings to choose from whatsoever. It has been specifically designed to operate on the language you’ve chosen to operate your phone with from its general settings.

In order to change the language that you are seeing through WhatsApp, you will have to change this setting from your phone’s primary options. While this is often not a complicated procedure, getting to this information is likely to vary from one another based on brands and models.

How to change WhatsApp language on iPhone

To change the language in WhatsApp, you need to change the language settings on your iPhone. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go to your iPhone Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “General.”
  3. From the General settings, select “Language & Region.”
  4. In the Language & Region menu, tap on “iPhone Language.”
  5. A list of available languages will appear. Choose the language you want to use for WhatsApp.
  6. Once you’ve selected the language, tap on “Change to [selected language].”

By following these steps, you can change the language of your iPhone, which will automatically reflect in WhatsApp as well.

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Frankie’s Take:

To change the language in WhatsApp, simply adjust the language settings on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Language & Region > iPhone Language. Select your preferred language, and it will be reflected in WhatsApp.

How to change WhatsApp language on Android

To change the language in WhatsApp on Android, follow these steps:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select “System.”
  3. From the System settings, tap on “Languages & input.”
  4. In the Languages & input menu, select “Languages.”
  5. Here, you’ll see a list of languages installed on your device. Tap and hold a language and drag it to the top to make it the primary language for your phone and WhatsApp.
  6. If your desired language is not listed, tap on “Add a language” to add it to the list.

By following these steps, you can change the language settings on your Android device, which will be reflected in WhatsApp accordingly.

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Frankie’s Take:

To change the language in WhatsApp on Android, navigate to your phone’s Settings > System > Languages & input > Languages. From there, you can rearrange the languages or add a new one to set your preferred language for both your device and WhatsApp.

How to change WhatsApp language on KaiOS

To change the language in WhatsApp on KaiOS, follow these steps:

  1. Press “Settings” on the apps menu.
  2. Scroll to the side to select “Personalization.”
  3. Scroll down and press “Language.”
  4. Press “Language” again.
  5. Select the language you want to use from the list.
  6. Press “OK” or “SELECT” to confirm your language selection.

By following these steps, you can change the language settings on your KaiOS device, which will affect the language used in WhatsApp.

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Frankie’s Take:

To change the language in WhatsApp on KaiOS, access the Settings from the apps menu, go to Personalization > Language, select your preferred language, and confirm the change by pressing OK or SELECT.

FAQS

1. Can I change the language in WhatsApp without changing the language on my device?
No, the language in WhatsApp is directly linked to the language settings on your device. To change the language in WhatsApp, you need to adjust the language settings on your phone.

2. Will changing the language in WhatsApp affect my chats or media?
Changing the language in WhatsApp will only affect the interface and system texts. Your chats and media will remain unchanged.

3. Can I switch back to my original language in WhatsApp after changing it?
Yes, you can switch back to your original language in WhatsApp by following the same steps to adjust the language settings on your device.

4. How can I add a language that is not available in the language options?
In both iOS and Android, you can download additional language packs or keyboard layouts from the respective app stores to add languages that are not pre-installed on your device.

5. Will changing the language in WhatsApp affect the language of my contacts’ messages?
No, changing the language in WhatsApp only affects the language used in the app’s interface. The language of your contacts’ messages will remain the same.

Remember, if you encounter any specific issues or have further questions about changing the language in WhatsApp, it’s best to consult the official WhatsApp support documentation or reach out to their support channels for accurate and up-to-date information.

Conclusions

To summarize, changing the language in WhatsApp requires adjusting the language settings on your device.

  • For iPhone users, go to Settings > General > Language & Region > iPhone Language.
  • Android users should navigate to Settings > System > Languages & input > Languages.
  • As for KaiOS users, access Settings > Personalization > Language. Follow the prompts to select your preferred language and confirm the changes.

By following these steps, you can easily customize the language settings in WhatsApp for a more personalized experience.

For quick translations, you should be aware that Android devices are capable of using Google Translator. No other make or model offers this as a viable option for you through. If you are an Android user, just download Translator from the Google Play Store and WhatsApp will do the rest.

I remind you that changing language is just one of many WhatsApp tricks. Check it out: WhatsApp revealed: 39 secret tricks and tips you should know.

If you get lost following these instructions, or have questions or comments about this guide, feel free to drop a line via the comment box below and our experts will get back in touch with you quickly.

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11 thoughts on “How to change language on WhatsApp”

  1. I have an iphone xr. I discovered that by adding a another language (in my case Portuguese) to the phone under general/language & region then I could easily use this other language in whatsapp. Having added Portuguese as a language I could press the globe button when I brough up the keyboard and this changed the keyboard to Portuguese and back to English if I pressed it again. Once Portuguese was selected on the keyboard the predictive text function also worked in Portuguese. I imagine this will work similarly on other iphone versions?

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    • Your comment was the answer I was looking for !
      I added welsh to my languages and have since has to message english contacts without predictive text.
      I can now swap between languages easily
      You’d think this information would be easier to find !
      Thank you

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  2. I have iPhone X, set my language for English, country UK. But WhatsApp still spells humour as humor and underlines it as faulty.

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  3. please I mistakenly changed my Gbwhatsapp language form English now I can’t even read anything there again. please how I do change it back to English. thanks

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  4. 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 🙁

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  5. 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?

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  6. 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.

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      • 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

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