Changing the language used in apps

Many apps in the Windows Store support more than one language. How you change the language that's used depends on the app – some apps include a language setting, some apps use your language preferences for Windows and some built-in apps require you to change the Windows display language for your PC.

Before you try changing the language in an app, first make sure that the app supports the language you want to use. This information is shown in the Details section of the app's description page in the Windows Store.

Here's how to check the languages supported by an app:

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.

  2. Using the search box in the top-right corner of the Store, search for the app.

  3. Tap or click the app in the list of results.

  4. Scroll to the right and look at the Details section to see the list of supported languages.

Checking for a language setting in the app

Some apps, like the built-in Sport and News apps, include a setting that controls the language that's used in the app.

To see if an app includes a language setting:

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click the app to open it

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  3. Check to see if a language option is available. For example, in the Sport app or News app, tap or click Options, then select the language you want to use.

Note

  • If the app includes language options under the Settings charm but you can't see the supported language you want, complete the steps in the following section to set language preferences and install app updates, then check the language setting again.

Setting language preferences and installing app updates

If the app doesn't have a language setting, try changing your list of language preferences in Windows, then installing app updates from the Store. The list of languages you choose for Windows determines which language is used by some apps. The primary language is the first language in the list and is used whenever possible. If the primary language isn't available in the app or on your PC, the next language in the list is used.

To change your primary language, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Time and language, and then tap or click Region and language.

  3. Tap or click the language that you want to use, then tap or click Set as primary. The language you choose will appear at the top of the Languages list.

    Note

    • If you can't see the language you want to use, tap or click Add a language, then tap or click a language to add it to the language preference list.

After you've set your language preferences for Windows, install any available app updates from the Windows Store. Some app publishers keep the language packs for their apps separate from the rest of the app to reduce the amount of memory the app uses on your PC.

To install app updates, follow these steps:

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click App updates, then tap or click Check for updates.

  4. Choose the updates you want to install, then tap or click Install.

Change your Windows display language

Some built-in apps, like the Photos and Camera apps, use your Windows display language to determine the language used in the app. For more information about downloading and installing language packs and changing your Windows display language, see Adding a language or keyboard.

Notes

  • Changing your Windows display language will change the language you see in Windows.

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