How to Change the Language on Samsung Phones

Add as many languages as you want and switch between them

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > General management > Language > Add Language > Select a language.
  • Open the app in which you want to type. Tap and hold the space bar and select a language.
  • To change your region in the Play Store app, tap the menu icon > Account > Select the country > follow the on-screen instructions.

How to Change the Language on Your Samsung Phone

Changing the language on a Samsung Galaxy phone takes just a few steps.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Tap General management.

  3. Tap Language.

  4. Tap Add language.

  5. Select a language from the list.

  6. Select Keep current or Set as default.

  7. To change the default language at any time, repeat these steps > select the language > Apply.

How to Switch Languages on a Samsung Phone

Anytime you use your Samsung keyboard, you can switch between languages on the fly. Open the app you want to type in, such as Messages.

The spacebar displays the language abbreviations for each one you’ve installed. Tap and hold the spacebar to select another language.

You can also tap the globe icon next to the spacebar to toggle between languages. 

How to Change the Language Back to English on a Samsung Phone

To switch back to English, tap and hold the spacebar and select English. Go into Settings > General management > Language and input > Language and tap English to change the default language. A checkmark will appear next to it.

How to Change the Region on a Samsung Phone

If you move to a different country, you can change your region once you’re there. First, you need to delete your Samsung account. Then you need to create a Samsung account in the new location. Finally, you need to change your region in the Google Play store to access apps.

Delete Your Samsung Account

Follow these instructions to delete your Samsung account.

  1. Go to Samsung’s website and click the profile icon on the top right.

    The Samsung home page with the Profile icon highlighted
  2. Select Sign in/Create Account.

    The Samsung website with the 'Sign In/Create Account' option highlighted
  3. Input your username and password and click Sign in.

    The login page for a Samsung Account with the 'Sign in' button highlighted
  4. Click your profile image. Select My Account.

    The Samsung website with the 'My Account' option highlighted
  5. Click My Account Info.

    The Samsung website with the 'My Account Info' option highlighted
  6. Click Manage Samsung Account.

    A Samsung account page. 'Manage Samsung Account' is highlighted.
  7. Click Delete Account. Tick the box to indicate you’re aware of the conditions. Click Delete.

    A Samsung account page with the 'Delete' button highlighted.
  8. Then you can create a new Samsung account.

Update Your Play Store Region 

Follow these instructions to change your Google Play Store region. Open the Play Store app.

  1. Tap the menu icon (three vertical lines).

  2. Select Account.

  3. Tap the country you’re in under Country and profiles. (If you don't see this option, you can't change it.)

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to add payment methods.

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    First, you need to locate your phone's IMEI number. Open the keypad and type *#06#. Write the IMEI down. Then, you can either contact your carrier and ask it to unlock the phone (if it qualifies), you can take it to a repair shop, or you can use a third-party carrier unlock service like UnlockRiver. Check out Lifewire's guide to unlocking your Samsung phone for more information.

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