Learn How to Properly Change Your Facebook Language

There are more than 100 different languages 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.

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.

How Do I Change the Language on My Facebook?

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

  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.
  3. Choose the Language tab on the left.
  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.
  6. Click or tap the blue Save Changes button to apply the new language to Facebook.

Here's another way to change the language on Facebook:

  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, Dutch and Portuguese. Click one and confirm it with the Change Language button that appears.
  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 like this:

  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.

How to Change the Facebook Language Back to English

It might be hard to know how to change your language back to English when all the menus are in a different language that you might not be able to read.

Here's what to do:

  1. Click this link to open the language settings.
  2. Choose the first Edit link at the top right of that page.
  3. Open the drop-down menu at the top of that page and pick the English option you want.
  4. Click the blue button below that menu to save the changes so that Facebook will translate back to English.