Learn How to Properly Change Your Facebook Language

More than 100 different languages are available

HELLO in eight different languages
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With over 100 languages to choose from, Facebook probably supports your own language so that you can read everything in what's comfortable to you. If you've already changed your Facebook language, you can also read Facebook in English (or any language) again in just a few easy steps.

There are two primary ways to choose a different language for Facebook. If you're on a computer, you can do so from the Language area of your account settings or from the News Feed page. However, if you're using the mobile app, the steps are entirely different between Android and iOS.

One of the fun language options on Facebook is Pirate English. Menus and your labels on various pages will change to the pirate lingo, like "sea dogs" and "wenches" in place of "friends." It will definitely look funny to you but you can rest assured that nobody else can see it unless they, too, change their own language settings.

There are even lots of languages you can choose from that most websites don't support, like Zaza, Malti, Brezhoneg, Hausa, Af-Soomaali, Galego, Basa Jawa, Cymraeg, and upside-down English.

Picking a Different Language to Use on Facebook

It's easy to change the language in which Facebook displays text. Either access the Language Settings page through this link and then skip down to Step 4 or follow these steps in order:

  1. Click or tap the arrow on the far right side of the Facebook menu bar, to the right of the Quick Help question mark.

  2. Select Settings at the bottom of that menu.

    Settings button on Facebook main page
  3. Choose the Language tab on the left.

    Language tab on left panel of Facebook Language Settings page
  4. On the very first line, the one that reads "What language do you want to use Facebook in?", select Edit off to the right.

  5. Choose a language from the drop-down menu.

    Language drop down menu in Language Settings on Facebook page
  6. Click or tap the blue Save Changes button to apply the new language to Facebook.

    Save Changes button in Facebook Language Settings page

Another way to change the language you see on Facebook is via the News Feed:

  1. Go to your profile's News Feed page, or click here.

  2. Scroll down enough that the menu on the right, between the feed and the chat box, shows a language section. There are popular languages there that you can choose from, like English, Spanish, German, and Portuguese. 

    Language preferences on Facebook main page

    Click one and confirm it with the Change Language button that appears.

    Change Language confirmation button on Facebook main page
  3. Another option is to click the plus (+) sign to see all of the supported languages. Select a language from that screen to immediately apply it to your Facebook.

If you're using Facebook on a mobile browser, you can change the language from the menu button:

  1. Tap the menu button at the very top right corner.

  2. Scroll all the way down until you reach the very last section of the settings, and then tap Language (the first option that uses two letters as the icon).

  3. Pick a language from the list to immediately change Facebook to that language.

    Facebook mobile web site screens, showing menu, Language, and Español buttons

Another place you can change the language for Facebook is if you're using the Android app. Just open the settings and select any language from the list.

  1. Tap the menu button at the very top right corner of the app.

  2. Scroll down toward the bottom of the menu and choose Settings & Privacy

  3. Tap Language in the smaller menu that shows up.

    Facebook for Android screens, showing Settings & Privacy, Language, and language radio buttons
  4. Pick a language from the list.

If you're on an iPhone, you cannot change the language of Facebook through the mobile app. Instead, Facebook uses whatever language your phone is set up to use, so to change it you have to pick a different language for your entire phone. Do this through the Settings app via General > Language & Region > iPhone Language.

How to Change the Facebook Language Back to English

Did you change Facebook to a language you don't understand? Don't worry, you can translate Facebook back into English pretty quickly even if you don't understand any of the menus or settings.

One option is to run Facebook through a translator service so that the entire site translates to English on the fly, with the intention of making things a lot easier to read. However, that doesn't always works so great, plus it's not permanent.

The other way to change Facebook to English is to poke around the settings using language-independent directions:

Here's what to do (from a computer):

  1. Open this link to jump right to the language settings.

  2. Open the drop-down menu at the top of that page and pick the English option you want.

  3. Click the blue button below that menu to save the changes so that Facebook will translate back to English.