How to Change the Interface Language of Yahoo Mail

Change folder names and menu items to your chosen language

Initially, your location when you open a Yahoo 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, 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.

Illustration of a person changing language settings on Yahoo Mail
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Yahoo Mail also supports variants of a language, for example, 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.

    Yahoo inbox with the Account icon highlighted
  2. Select Add or Manage Accounts.

    Yahoo Mail inbox with the Add or Manage accounts heading highlighted
  3. In the Manage accounts window, select Account info.

    Manage accounts screen in Yahoo Mail with the Account Info button highlighted
  4. In the Personal Info window, select Preferences.

    Personal Info page in Yahoo Mail with the Preferences heading highlighted
  5. In the Preferences window, select the Language drop-down arrow.

    Preferences window in Yahoo Mail with the language drop-down highlighted
  6. Choose the language you want to use for your Yahoo Mail interface.

  7. 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. The following text should appear in the new language you selected:

  • The names of folders and menus will be in the selected language.
  • Navigation options 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.

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.