How to Change the Interface Language of Yahoo Mail

Change folder names and menu items to your chosen language

What to Know

  • Select your Profile icon > Add or Manage Accounts > Account info > Preferences > Language.
  • If the language change doesn't take effect immediately, log out of your Yahoo Mail account, and then log back in.
  • Changing the default language will affect the names of folders and menus, navigation options, advertisements, and other Yahoo pages.

This article explains how to change the language in Yahoo Mail in any web browser.

How to Change Languages in Yahoo Mail

To change the language used for your Yahoo Mail account interface:

  1. Log in to your Yahoo account, then select your name or profile image in Yahoo Mail.

    The profile image in Yahoo Mail
  2. Select Add or Manage Accounts.

    The "Add or Manage Accounts" option in Yahoo Mail
  3. In the Manage accounts window, select Account info.

    The Account Info option
  4. In the Personal Info window, select Preferences.

    Preferences in Yahoo Mail Personal Info
  5. In the Preferences window, select the Language drop-down arrow, and then choose the language you want to use for your Yahoo Mail interface.

    The language menu in Yahoo Mail

    Yahoo Mail also supports variants of a language (i.e. U.S. English vs. Australian English).

  6. Close the tab and return to your inbox.

The language change takes effect immediately. If it doesn't, log out of your Yahoo Mail account, and then log back in.

You can also change the spell checker language in Yahoo Mail on the fly if you compose messages in multiple languages.

What Do the Yahoo Mail Language Settings Do?

When you open a Yahoo Mail account, the language used for the interface is determined by your location. For example, if you live in the United States, the default language is English. As a result, the buttons, menu options, and other Yahoo Mail interface elements are in English.

English is not the only option available, though. Yahoo Mail supports more than 80 languages and variations of languages to select as alternatives. Changing your default language will affect the following:

  • The names of folders and menus
  • Navigation options
  • The contents of some advertisements
  • Other Yahoo pages you visit while logged into your account

None of the emails that were sent to you in the original language nor those in your Sent Messages folder will be translated. The language change applies only to the Yahoo Mail interface.

Illustration of a person changing language settings on Yahoo Mail
Lifewire / Chelsea Damraksa
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