How to Change the Interface Language of Yahoo Mail

Change folder names and menu items to your chosen language

It's helpful to know how to change the language in Yahoo Mail. That way, if everything is suddenly in the wrong language on Yahoo (e.g. you see ads appearing in German), you'll know how to change it back to English.

Instructions in this article apply to the standard web version of Yahoo Mail. The steps are the same regardless of which browser you use.

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

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.

    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, then choose the language you want to use for your Yahoo Mail interface.

    Preferences window in Yahoo Mail with the language drop-down highlighted

    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.