How to Change the Interface Language of Yahoo Mail

Change folder names and menu items to your chosen language

Illustration of a person changing language settings on Yahoo Mail

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Initially, your location when you open the account determines the language Yahoo Mail uses for your account interface. For example, if you live in the United States, the default language is English. As a result, all 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.

Yahoo Mail also supports variants of a language — e.g., U.S. English vs. Australian English.

Yahoo: Change Language of the Interface

To change the language used for your Yahoo Mail account interface, log in to your Yahoo account. Then:

  1. Select your name or profile image in the upper-right corner of the inbox page.

    Screenshot of profile image
  2. Select Add or Manage Accounts at the bottom of the Account Info box that appears. The Manage Accounts window will open.

  3. Select Account Info to the right of your name. A new tab will open with your personal info.

    Screenshot of Manage Accounts
  4. Select Preferences at the bottom of the list in the left pane. The Preferences page will open.

    Screenshot of Personal Info page
  5. Select the drop-down arrow next to Language in the center of the page.

    Screenshot of Language drop-down list
  6. Choose the language you want to use for your Yahoo Mail interface. Close the tab and return to your inbox.

The language change should take effect immediately. If it does not, log out of your Yahoo Mail account and then log back in. The following text should appear in the new language you selected.

  • All the menus change to the language you chose.

  • In your inbox, the names of folders and menus will be in the selected language

  • The names of your folders, as well as navigation options, will appear in the newly applied language.

  • The contents of some advertisements change to the newly chosen language.

  • If you visit other Yahoo pages while logged into this account, the content will be in the language you selected, as well.

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