Change language or location settings

You can select your preferred language and location on YouTube using your computer or on mobile web. When using the YouTube mobile app, you can select your location. Language settings change the text that appears during videos.* The location you choose impacts the videos that surface for:

  • Recommendations
  • Trending
  • News

YouTube provides language and content preferences for all countries/regions and languages where YouTube is available. We're constantly expanding the ability for the product to reach more users. If you cannot find your language or country/region, select an option that is most appropriate for your needs and interests.

If YouTube can’t find your country/region, the default location is the United States.

*Note that in India, language settings change the videos that are shown on Home and Trending.

YouTube on smart TVs, streaming devices, & game consoles

By default, the YouTube app on smart TVs, streaming devices, and game consoles will follow the language and location settings of your device. You can change these settings for YouTube at any time. To change these settings:
  1. Open the YouTube app on your device.
  2. Select Settings ""
  3. Select Language to choose a different language.
  4. Select Location to choose a different location.

Change the search language for your keyboard

You can also change the search language setting for the search keyboard:

  1. Open the YouTube app on your smart TV, streaming device, or game console.
  2. Select Search, then Choose a language.

The search keyboard supports the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese Simplified 
  • Chinese Traditional (Hong Kong)
  • Chinese Traditional (Taiwan)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • French (Canada)
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Spanish (US)
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
Note: If your app language is not supported, the search keyboard will default to English.
  1. Click your profile picture "".
  2. Click Language or Location.
  3. Click the language or location you’d like to use.

YouTube language settings apply to the entire site, but videos remain in their original language. The language settings are saved in the browser. If you ever clear your cache and cookies, you’ll need to reset your language settings again.

How to change the language and location on YouTube from your computer

Change language for email notifications

Your emails from YouTube are delivered in the default language for your country. If you've changed your YouTube language settings, you can change your email settings to match:

  1. Go to your email settings.
  2. Scroll to "Language" to update your email notification language.
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