How to Change Your Facebook Language Settings

More than 100 different languages are available

With over 100 languages to choose from, Facebook probably supports a language you can read. You can switch languages in 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 your account settings or directly from the News Feed. You can also change it in a mobile browser and in the Android app.

These instructions cover all devices on all platforms; exceptions are noted throughout the article.

You can't change your Facebook language through the iOS mobile app. However, you can change the default language by going to Settings > General > Language & Region > iPhone Language.

Illustration of a person in France looking at a Facebook screen that says "Se connecter a Facebook"
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Picking a Different Language to Use on Facebook

It's easy to change the language in which Facebook displays text from your account settings.

  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.

    Changing Facebook language.
  3. Choose the Language tab on the left.

    Changing Facebook language.
  4. Click or tap Edit next to Facebook language.

    Changing Facebook language.
  5. Click or tap the down arrow underneath Show Facebook in this language, and choose another one from the drop-down menu.

    Changing Facebook language.
  6. Click or tap the blue Save Changes button to apply the new language to Facebook.

    Changing Facebook language.

Change Facebook Language via News Feed

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

  1. Go to your profile's News Feed page. Look for the language menu on the right side (it might be underneath ad units). Choose a language from the list.

    Changing language on Facebook.
  2. Click Change Language.

    Changing the language to Brazilian Portuguese in Facebook.
  3. You can change the language back again by clicking on it in that same box.

    Changing the Facebook language back to English.
  4. Click Change Language.

    The button text will be in the language you are switching from, but otherwise it looks the same.

    Changing the Facebook language back to English.
  5. Another option is to click the plus (+) sign to see all of the supported languages. 

    Expanding the language options in Facebook.
  6. Select a language from that screen to immediately apply it to your Facebook.

    Language selector in Facebook.
  7. Click Translate Facebook.

    Translate Facebook button.

Change Facebook Language on a Mobile Browser

If you're using Facebook on a mobile browser (Android or iPhone), you can change the language from the menu button:

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

  2. Scroll down the the Help & Settings section and tap Language.

    Changing the language to Brazilian Portuguese on Facebook mobile.
  3. Pick a language from the list to immediately change Facebook to that language. Use the same steps to change it back.

    Changing the Facebook language back to English on mobile.

Change Facebook Language Using Android App

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.

These instructions do not apply to Facebook Lite.

  1. Tap the menu icon on the top right.

  2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy > Language.

    Facebook language settings in Android.
  3. Pick a language from the list; the language will change automatically.

  4. Follow the same steps to change the language back.

    Facebook language settings in Android.

How to Undo a Facebook Language Change

Did you change Facebook to a language you don't understand? Don't worry, you can translate Facebook back into your native tongue 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 work so great, plus it's not permanent.

Whatever the language, Facebook will have the same format, so you can navigate if you know where the right buttons and menus are. Below is an example where Facebook is in Brazilian Portuguese.

  1. Go straight to your language settings.

    Changing the language on Facebook.
  2. Click Edit on the top right (it will be in the current language that you set).

    Changing the language on Facebook.
  3. Open the drop-down menu and find your language. Click the blue button below the menu to save the change.

    Changing the language on Facebook.