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 helps YouTube and contributors understand the original language of your video when adding subtitles and captions. 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

You can change the language of your uploaded video if it's been incorrectly set.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click a video’s thumbnail.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click SHOW MORE.
  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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