How to change the default language of an Internet browser

Updated: 07/31/2022 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

By default, the Internet browser language is regional; wherever you are in the world, your browser displays the language that is predominantly spoken there. However, some individuals speak languages in addition to their native tongue and prefer one over the other. To change the default language displayed in an Internet browser, make a selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

Google Chrome

Chrome logo
  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the window, click the Menu icon in Google Chrome. icon.
  3. Select Settings in the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. On the Settings window, in the left navigation menu, click the Advanced option.
  5. Click Languages in the Advanced sub-menu.
  6. On the right side of the Settings window, click the Language option.

Language option in Google Chrome settings.

  1. In the expanded Languages section that appears, click the Link to add a language in Chrome. link.
  2. In the Add languages pop-up window, click the checkbox next to one or more languages (A), and then click the Add button (B). You can also search for languages using the search field in the upper-right corner.

Menu where users may add new languages to Chrome.

  1. Your newly selected languages should appear in the Language section. To choose one, click the Menu icon in Chrome. icon to the right of the language and check the box next to Display Google Chrome in this language.

Checkbox to select a language in Chrome.

  1. Click the Relaunch button, or close and reopen your Chrome browser to display the new language.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox logo
  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click the Firefox menu icon. icon in the upper-left corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. Scroll down the Settings page to the Language sub-section under the Languages and Appearance section, and click the Choose button in Firefox. button.

Section where the Choose button is located.

  1. In the Webpage Language Settings pop-up window, click the Select a language to add drop-down menu (A), select a language in the list, and then click the Button to add a new language in Firefox. button (B).

Menu that lets you change the language in Firefox.

  1. Select the newly added language (A) and click the OK button (B).

Menu that enables the user to change the language in Firefox.

  1. Restart your browser to display the new language.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge
  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click the Settings and more icon Microsoft Edge More menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, near the bottom, select Settings.

Settings selector in Edge.

  1. On the left side of the screen, under Settings, click the Languages selector.

Languages selector

  1. Under the Languages section, click the Add languages button.

Add languages button in Edge.

  1. In the prompt that appears, choose the language(s) you want the browser to display, and then click the Add button.

Add languages in Edge.

  1. Back in the Languages section, click the More icon icon to the right of your preferred language, and select the Display Microsoft Edge in this language option.

Display language option in Microsoft Edge

  1. Click the Restart button button or close and reopen the browser.

Microsoft Edge Legacy

Microsoft Edge Legacy logo
Note

As Microsoft Edge Legacy is integrated into Windows 10, changing its default language affects some Windows programs as well.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Regional & language settings, and press Enter.
  2. In the window that appears, click the Icon to add a feature in Microsoft Edge. icon.

Section where you may add a language to Edge.

  1. Type a language to add or select one from the list.

Window showing how to find a language in Windows.

  1. After you select a language, you are asked to pick a region.
  2. You should now see the new language in the Languages section.
  3. Click the new language and select the Options button in Edge. button.
  4. In the window that opens, under Language options, click the Download button in Edge. button.
  5. Once the new language is downloaded, return to the previous screen.
  6. Click the new language again, and then click the Set as default button.

Button to set a default language in Edge.

  1. Log out and back in to Windows or restart your computer to display the new language.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer
  1. Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the Tools icon in Internet Explorer. icon.
  3. Select Internet options from the drop-down menu that appears.

Internet options

  1. In the window that opens, under the General tab, click the Languages button in Internet Explorer. button.
  2. In the Language Preference window, click the Button used to set language preferences in Internet Explorer. button.
  3. In the Language window that appears, near the middle, click Add a language.

Add a language link in Internet Explorer.

  1. Select a new language from the Add languages window, then click the Add button in Internet Explorer. button.
  2. When you're taken back to the Languages window, click your new language. When it turns blue, click Options on the right side.

Link to the Options menu in Internet Explorer.

  1. Select Download and install language pack.

Download a language in Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Options again and then select Make this the primary language.

Set the primary language in Internet Explorer.

  1. Log out and back into Windows or restart your computer to display the new language in Internet Explorer.

Safari

Safari logo

Safari is integrated into macOS. Consequently, you need to go to the Mac language settings to change the language displayed in Safari.

  1. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click the Apple icon to open the Apple menu and select System Preferences.

System Preferences selector in macOS.

  1. Click the Language and region icon in the System Preferences window.

Language and region icon.

  1. In the Language & Region window, under Preferred languages, click the + sign at the bottom-left corner.

Add languages to macOS.

  1. In the drop-down menu, select a language, and then click the Add button.

Adding a language in macOS.

  1. You should be prompted to switch to the new language. If not, click-and-drag the new language to the top of the menu on the previous screen (shown in step 3).

Use Spanish

  1. Click the Restart Now button for the new language settings to take full effect.

Restart now

Opera

Opera browser logo
  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click the Menu button in Opera. button.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the Settings window that opens, on the left side, click the Advanced option, and then select Browser in the expanded menu.

Browser option in the Opera Settings menu.

  1. On the right side of the Settings window, scroll down to the Languages section and click the Language option.

Language option in Opera settings.

  1. In the expanded Languages section that appears, click the Link to add a language in Opera. link.
  2. In the Add languages pop-up window, click the checkbox next to one or more languages (A), and then click the Add button (B). You can also search for languages using the search field in the upper-right corner.

Menu where users may add new languages to Opera.

  1. Your newly selected languages should appear in the Language section. To choose one, click the Menu icon in Chrome. icon to the right of the language and check the box next to Display Google Chrome in this language.

Checkbox to select a language in Opera.

  1. Click the Relaunch button, or close and reopen your Opera browser to display the new language.