The Easiest Way to Change Chrome's Default Languages

Add more languages to Google Chrome

Many websites are offered in more than one language, and modifying the default language in which they display can sometimes be achieved with a simple browser setting.

In Google Chrome, you're given the ability to specify these languages in order of preference. Before a web page is rendered, Chrome will check to see if it supports your preferred languages in the order in which you list them. If it turns out that the page is available in one of these languages, it will be displayed as such.

Change Chrome's Default Languages

Modifying this internal language list can be done in just a couple minutes:

  1. Choose Chrome's main menu button from the top right corner of the program. It's the one represented by three stacked dots.

  2. Pick Settings from the menu.

    Settings menu item in Chrome screenshot

    You can always jump straight to Settings by entering the chrome://settings/ URL in the navigation box.

  3. Scroll down and choose Advanced at the very bottom of that page to open some more settings below it.

    Advanced settings link in Chrome screenshot
  4. Find the Languages section and then select Language to pull down a new menu. 

    Language button in Chrome settings screenshot

    You should see at least one language but possibly more, such as English (United States) and English, listed in preference order. One will be chosen as the default language with a message that says Google Chrome is displayed in this language.

  5. To choose another language, select Add languages.

    Add languages button in Google Chrome screenshot
  6. Search or scroll through the list to find the new languages you want to add to Chrome. Put a check in the box next to one or more, and then hit ADD.

    Add language button in Google Chrome screenshot
  7. With the new languages now at the bottom of the list, use the menu button to the right of them to adjust their position in the list.

    Move to the top menu item in Google Chrome language settings screenshot

    You can also use that menu button to delete languages, to display Google Chrome in that particular language, or to have Chrome automatically offer to translate pages to that language.

  8. Language settings are saved automatically as you make changes to them, so you can now exit Chrome's settings or shut down the browser.

Be sure to update Google Chrome if these steps don't make sense; you might have an outdated version of the browser.

The mobile Chrome app can translate pages, too, but there isn't fine control over the language selection like you have with the desktop program. From the mobile app, open the settings from the menu button and then go to Content Settings > Google Translate to enable the option for Chrome to auto-translate pages written in other languages.