Change the language of your uploaded video

It’s not possible to change the language of a video that you didn’t upload. Learn how to check for available captions when watching videos in different languages.

The video language setting tells YouTube the primary language spoken in your video. It’s used to help YouTube and contributors understand the original language of your video when creating translations. It’s also used to help viewers find videos in their language.

How to set the default language of a video you upload to YouTube

Change video language

If it's been incorrectly set, you can change a video's original language.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Click a video’s title or thumbnail.
  4. Open the More options tab.
  5. Choose the video's language from the Video language section and Save.
Note: If you change the setting for the original language of your video, all future translated subtitles will use the new language as the source for translations. Your published and draft subtitles and closed captions won't be affected.
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