3 Ways to Change Language On YouTube

YouTube is the easiest way to share videos online with an unlimited number of people. With YouTube, the possibilities are endless. We can share, teach, learn, and earn. Yes, earn, all at the same time, and for free.

Recently YouTube introduced YouTube Shorts to share exciting moments in our lives with others. Now that’s pretty exciting.

What’s in it for viewers in other parts of the world? Are they missing out? The simple answer is NO, many thanks to YouTube’s language settings.

Is translating your videos worth it? From all angles, YES, it is. This article will teach you how to change the language on YouTube.

One of the first things anyone thinking of building an—international—audience, expanding, or scaling up in their business should consider is how their content will be available to users in other countries. Indeed, translating videos is a necessity.

According to, “two-thirds of watch time comes from viewers who are living in places other than the creator’s home area.” In a nutshell, translating your YouTube videos is one of the most critical steps in growing an international audience.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits YouTube has to offer:

  • Uploading, watching, and sharing videos on YouTube is free.
  • A simple and easy way of sharing content across various social media. You can also embed YouTube videos in blog posts.
  • You can build an audience and earn money through your videos.

I bet you don’t want to miss out on any of these eye-catching features. You need to know how to change your language and translate audio into videos.

How to Change your Language on YouTube

This article will guide you on how to change the language in which YouTube displays site text.

Step 1: Open YouTube in your web browser or computer.

Step 2: Sign in with your email and password.

The Sign-in icon is at the top right corner of the homepage.

Step 3: Select your Profile icon at the top right corner of the homepage.

Step 4: Navigate through the menu select Settings.

If it’s classic YouTube, Settings is displayed as a gear-shaped icon.

Step 5: Select your preferred language from the list of available languages.

This action refreshes your YouTube page, and all text will display in your selected language.

NOTE: It’s impossible to change your language settings on the mobile app, and it’s also impossible to change user-entered text such as comments or video descriptions.

Adding subtitles is also as important as translating your videos because it accommodates hearing disabilities. This singular act also makes you compliant with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Knowing how to translate audio is a plus for people who are in a noisy environment or in a place where they can’t hear the audio well. Ultimately, you’re generating more views and growing your number of subscribers. 

How to Translate YouTube Captions and Subtitles in your Videos

Closed captions (CC) are the written translations of a video, what you would refer to as a subtitle. You can decide to write your captions and subtitles by yourself or use YouTube’s auto-generated version (only available in some countries).

Either you create your captions or hire someone to create your YouTube captions—and upload them. Whichever one you prefer, keep in mind that they must follow YouTube’s accepted formats for captions.

Follow the outlined steps below to add subtitles to your video:

  1. Go to your YouTube Studio
  2. Select Creator Studio Classic
  3. Tap on the Classic Creator Studio and upload your subtitle file.

Here’s how to upload your file:

  1. Navigate to your Video Manager.
  2. Click on Edit. Right next to the video you want to translate is the Edit button.
  3. Next, select Subtitles and CC.
  4. Tap on the Upload a File button.
  5. Finally, you will be required to select your secondary language, choose the one you prefer.

Voilà, you’ve successfully added a translation (subtitles and captions) to your video.

How to translate Youtube Captions in a video to English

What if you stumbled on a video that’s ONLY available in an unfamiliar language? What do you do?

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on Subtitles/CC
  • Select Auto Translate. Available languages will show up on the screen; choose English.

The subtitles will get translated into English.

The translation is not 100% correct, but it allows you to follow along and grasp the whole idea. 

NOTE: If you clear your cache and cookies at some point, you’ll need to repeat the changes you made to your language settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change the language of Captions?

You need to navigate your way if it doesn’t look like you could change your language settings. There’s a chance that you might be viewing a foreign video, select Settings, then Select Captions/CC after. Set the captions to your desired language.

How to remove the Chinese characters on my YouTube account?

  1. Change your language. If it persists, refresh your internet.
  2. Reset your YouTube app.
  3. Power reset your TV.
  4. Perform a factory reset.

What do I do when my language keeps changing?

Here’s how to stop your language from changing all the time:

  1. Select your Profile.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Language. Choose your preferred language.

How do I block other languages on YouTube?

  1. Select Account.
  2. Select preferred language.
  3. Select preferred location.
  4. Turn on Restricted Mode.

I changed my language, and it redirected me to a blank page. What happened?

It may be any of the following reasons:

  • A minor glitch or network issues.
  • There might be a virus.

What you should do:

  • Refresh the page.
  • Install anti-virus software.
  • Close the page/tab, and Sign in again.

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