How to Switch Language on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Switching language on your Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to change the default language settings to suit your preferences. Whether you want to switch to a different language for system menus, apps, or even your keyboard layout, Mac provides a user-friendly interface for making these adjustments.

Step 1: Open System Preferences
To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the Spotlight search by pressing Command + Spacebar and typing “System Preferences.”

Step 2: Language & Region
In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Language & Region” icon. This will open a new window with various language-related settings.

Step 3: Preferred Languages
In the Language & Region window, you’ll find a list of languages on the left side. Drag and drop your preferred language to the top of the list. Mac will prioritize this language for system menus and applications.

Note: You can add additional languages by clicking on the “+” button below the list. This allows you to switch between multiple languages easily.

Step 4: App Language
If you want specific apps to use a different language than your system language, click on the “Apps” tab at the top of the Language & Region window. Here, you can choose different languages for individual apps by clicking on the “+” button below the app list.

Step 5: Keyboard Input Sources
To switch your keyboard layout along with your language preference, go to the “Input Sources” tab in Language & Region. Click on the “+” button below the list of input sources and select your desired keyboard layout from the available options.

Additional Tips:

  • If you frequently switch between languages or input sources, you can enable the language menu in the menu bar. To do this, go to the “Input Sources” tab and check the box next to “Show Input menu in menu bar.”

    This will display a language icon in your menu bar, allowing you to easily switch between languages.

  • If you have multiple users on your Mac, each user can have their own language preferences. To set individual language settings per user, click on the “Login Options” button at the bottom left of the Language & Region window. Then, click on the “Edit..” button next to “Network Account Server” and select a user from the list.


Switching language on your Mac is a simple process that can enhance your user experience by allowing you to interact with your system and apps in your preferred language. By following these steps and utilizing the Language & Region settings, you can effortlessly customize your Mac’s language settings to suit your needs.

Remember that changing the system language may require downloading additional language packs or updates. Some apps may also need to be restarted for changes to take effect.

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