How to Change Default Languages in Google Chrome?

The Google Chrome web browser offers you a choice of languages to view web pages in. It is just one of the many ways in which Chrome makes your life easy through its features or options. In this post, let’s see how to change language in Google Chrome.

A lot of websites come in more than one language, but, you need to undergo some simple steps in Chrome to utilise the luxury of viewing them in a language other than the default one.

How does this work?

Chrome does one of two things – it either chooses your preferred language to display the web pages that are present in various languages or translates them. To do this, it goes through the list of preferred languages, as decided by you, before rendering a web page and checks if it supports any of them. However, you cannot change the default language on your iPhone or Android Chrome app as it uses your phone’s language settings.

Steps to Change Default Languages

You can alter the list of your preferred languages in just a few simple steps:

  1. Click on Chrome’s main Menu button, present on the top right corner of the browser window
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Now, choose Advanced Settings
  4. Locate the Languages section and click Language to enlarge it to a new menu With this, you’ll be able to view a menu showing one or more languages, listed in order of preference. A message saying – Google Chrome is displayed in this language will be showing up against one of the languages in Windows. (Note: Macbook users may get only the languages in the order of preference)
  5. To choose a different language, go to Add languages
  6. You can search or scroll through the list to get new languages up on the list. Tick the checkbox against the ones you want to add
  7. Now, use the Menu button, present to the right of the languages that you’ve added to alter their position in the preference list
  8. Just shut the browser or exit Chrome’s settings to end the process. Your changes will be saved automatically

And with this, you’ll have the ease of viewing web pages in the languages that you wish to read them in!


Nowadays, with Google Translate embedded with Chrome, you get a prompt message at the top of the webpage you surf,  to translate pages from any language to the language you prefer reading. However, even the translate option will show you the language based on your preference.


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