Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers The Easiest Way to Change Chrome's Default Languages Add more languages to Google Chrome By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated March 10, 2020 Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email 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. You can also change the default language in Firefox, the default language in Internet Explorer, and the language in Opera. Change Chrome's Default Languages Modifying this internal language list can be done in just a couple minutes: Choose Chrome's main menu button from the top right corner of the program. It's the one represented by three stacked dots. Pick Settings from the menu. Lifewire You can always jump straight to Settings by entering the chrome://settings/ URL in the navigation box. Scroll down and choose Advanced at the very bottom of that page to open some more settings below it. Lifewire Find the Languages section and then select Language to pull down a new menu. Lifewire 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. To choose another language, select Add languages. Lifewire 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. Lifewire 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. Lifewire 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. 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.