How to Change the Display Language in Windows Phone 8

What if you bought your Windows Phone from another country and you want to switch the default display language to your own native language? Can you do that? Yes you can, unless you are using a more exotic language for which Windows Phone does not provide support. Let’s assume that this is not the case though, and see how the usual process works. As you will see from this tutorial, it’s not that complicated.

How to Change the Operating System Language in Windows Phone 8

Go to your phone’s Settings. There, scroll down a bit and then tap language+region.

Windows Phone 8 - Display Language

The first entry is named Phone language. It displays the active language for your Windows Phone. Tap on it.

Windows Phone 8 - Display Language

Now you can select a new language, from a list of predefined languages. This list varies from phone to phone, depending on the region where it is sold and the telecom company selling it. For example, in North America, most phones will let you choose between languages existing on the American continent.

Windows Phone 8 - Display Language

Phones sold in Europe will display a much larger list of languages to choose from, since Europe is much more diverse from this perspective.

Windows Phone 8 - Display Language

Tap the language you want to switch to. Depending on your phone, the operating system may notify you that it needs to download some language features, for the language you just selected. If that’s that case for you, tap yes. If not, go to the next step.

Windows Phone 8 - Display Language

Scroll to the bottom of the language+region window. There you will find a notification saying restart required. Tap the restart phone button.

Windows Phone 8 - Display Language

Your Windows Phone will shut down and start again, using the language you just selected.

Conclusion

Fortunately, Windows Phone 8 offers support for a wider variety of languages, when compared to earlier versions. And, as you can see from this tutorial, it is easier than ever to switch between different operating system languages.