Ever found yourself staring at your Facebook feed, but everything’s in a language you can’t understand? You’re not alone. Whether it’s because you accidentally changed the setting or someone played a prank on you, getting back to English is crucial for navigating comfortably.

Why is my Facebook language different?

Have you ever logged into Facebook and found yourself staring at a screen filled with characters and words you don’t recognize? It’s disorienting and frustrating, especially when it’s not clear why the change occurred. There are a few reasons why my Facebook language might be different from the one I’m used to.

First and foremost, accidental changes in settings are often the culprit. It’s easy to unknowingly alter your language preference, especially when browsing on mobile devices where taps and swipes can change settings without a clear confirmation. This happens more frequently than you’d think, with slips on the touchscreen shifting your Facebook interface to a language I don’t understand.

Another factor can be the location services on my device. Facebook might automatically change the language setting based on the geographical location it detects. If I’m traveling abroad or using a VPN that routes my connection through a server in another country, Facebook might interpret this as a preference for the local language. Sometimes it’s not a glitch but rather a friend or family member who has used my device and switched the language for their convenience, forgetting to change it back. This is a common scenario when sharing devices among users who prefer different languages.

Finally, a potential reason could be a Facebook algorithm update or bug. Social media platforms often update their systems to enhance user experience or fix security issues. During such updates, my settings could be reset, including the selected language. In all these situations, the key to regaining control over my Facebook experience is knowing how to navigate and revert the language settings to English. It’s essential to familiarize myself with the steps involved so that the process becomes quick and seamless whenever needed.

It’s clear that understanding the ‘why’ behind the language changes on Facebook is pivotal. Armed with that knowledge, adjusting the settings back should be a matter of a few clicks or taps.

Finding the language settings

Once you’ve pinpointed the source of the unexpected language shift on Facebook, you’ll want to navigate your way to the language settings. The process is straightforward, but it can be a touch more challenging if the text is in a language I’m not fluent in. Here’s the route I take:

First, on my computer, I access Facebook through my preferred web browser. I look for the small downward arrow in the top right corner of the Facebook homepage – that’s the gateway to the settings menu. Clicking on this arrow will open a drop-down menu with various options. Among them, the one I need to find is labeled “Settings & Privacy,” which leads to a further sub-menu. Next, in that sub-menu, I’ll click on “Settings” to access the full settings panel. It’s crucial to be thorough as the settings panel includes a plethora of options. While it can seem overwhelming at first, I just need to focus on finding the “Language and Region” tab. This section is where Facebook allows me to control not only the language settings but also date formats, units of measurement, and more.

Navigating on a mobile device works similarly. I’ll open the Facebook app and tap on the three horizontal lines (often referred to as the “hamburger” menu), which is found in either the top or bottom right corner depending on the device. Scrolling down, I’ll find the “Settings & Privacy” option once again, and tap it to reveal the “Settings” option. From there, I proceed to the “Language and Region” tab, just like on the desktop version.

Once I’ve hit the “Language” option, I’ll see a list of available languages. Facebook supports many, so it might take a bit of scrolling to find English. The changes aren’t always immediate, so I may need to refresh the page or restart the app for the changes to take full effect.

For those who find themselves stuck or where UI elements aren’t recognizable, visual cues such as icons and the layout of the settings menu can be very helpful. It’s all about recognizing the patterns and the general location of settings within the app or website structure.

Steps to change Facebook language back to English

When you find yourself facing an unfamiliar language on Facebook, navigating back to English can seem daunting. Rest assured, changing the language settings back to English is a straightforward process, whether you’re on a desktop or using the mobile app.

On a computer, the first thing you’ll want to do is click the downward-facing arrow in the top right corner of the screen. This will open a drop-down menu where you’ll see a range of options. Look for ‘Settings & Privacy’ and click on it. Within this menu, select ‘Settings’ to proceed.

Next, on the left-hand side, you’ll see a list of categories. Click the ‘Language and Region’ tab. Here, Facebook displays a variety of language-related settings. The first setting you’ll come across is the Facebook language option. It’s here where you can select ‘Edit’ to reveal a list of languages.

In the Edit menu, you’ll find a search bar. Type in ‘English’ or scroll through the list until you find it. Choose your preferred version of English – for example, US English or UK English. Once selected, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to apply your preference. The interface should refresh, and you’ll immediately see Facebook in English.

The process on mobile devices is equally user-friendly. Tap the three horizontal lines, sometimes known as the ‘hamburger’ icon, which you’ll typically find at the bottom right of the screen (iOS) or top right (Android). Scroll through the menu until you find ‘Settings & Privacy’ and tap to expand it. Select ‘Settings’ followed by ‘Language’ under the ‘Preferences’ section.

Select English from the list of languages offered on the next screen. Confirm your choice, and the app will update to display Facebook in English.

Remember, if you’re ever uncertain about the options, visual cues and familiar iconography can guide your interactions. Facebook icons, like the cog for settings or the globe for languages, are universally identifiable and can lead you to the right place even if the text is in another language.

Confirming the changes and navigating the settings

Once I’ve set the language preferences to English, it’s vital to ensure that the changes take effect immediately. On a desktop, the page usually refreshes automatically to apply the new language settings. But, if the page doesn’t refresh, I can manually do so by clicking on the refresh button in my web browser. Mobile devices often require a bit more patience. I might need to close the Facebook app and reopen it for the language change to take place. Navigating the settings after the language update should feel more intuitive now that everything’s back in English. Still, it’s worth knowing where to go for future adjustments or just to double-check that the settings are correct. Here’s where I can find a few essential settings:

  • Privacy Settings: I can manage who sees my content and personal information here.
  • Account Security: This is where I update my password and enable additional security features like two-factor authentication.
  • Notification Settings: If I want to modify how often and through what channels Facebook notifies me, I’ll adjust settings here.

These options are found under the “Settings & Privacy” menu on both desktop and mobile versions of Facebook. Navigating to these just got easier with English back as the default language.

Occasionally, slight delays might occur, and the language switch might not manifest instantly. Persistent issues usually aren’t common but they can happen. If problems persist, checking my network connection or trying a different device can assist in troubleshooting the issue. Sometimes, simply signing out of Facebook and signing back in solves the situation.

Remembering the positions of the menus and icons is beneficial. Even when the text isn’t legible, the familiarity with the interface layout can guide me through the necessary steps without too much hassle. Facebook’s interface is designed to be user-friendly and consistent across various devices.

Additional tips for managing language settings

Navigating to the language settings is just one piece of the puzzle; ensuring that your language preferences stick and understanding how to handle related settings is equally important. Facebook’s multilingual support means that you might encounter a need to switch languages more frequently—whether it’s to communicate with friends across the globe or to practice a new language.

When you’ve successfully changed your Facebook language to English, it’s important to review other language-based features. For instance, Facebook’s automatic translation features can be adjusted to your preference, allowing you to see posts in multiple languages or to turn off translations entirely. You can find these settings in the same Language section where you changed your interface language.

Remember, there’s also the News Feed translation options. While scrolling through your feed, you might come across posts in other languages. Facebook typically offers a ‘See Translation’ option on such posts, which can come in handy when you’re trying to connect with friends who post in different languages.

Let’s not forget about keyboard settings—especially on mobile devices. Ensure that your keyboard is set to your desired language as this affects your typing and autocorrect features. If you’re using a third-party keyboard app, you might need to manage these settings within the app itself and not through Facebook.

Finally, always keep in mind that Facebook reflects the primary language of the region you’re in, especially when you’re traveling. Occasionally, you may see Facebook suggest a language based on your location. If this happens, you can simply revert back to English using the steps previously outlined.

By taking control of these aspects, you can create a Facebook experience that’s tailored to your language preferences and enhances your overall experience on the platform. Keep these additional tips in mind as you navigate your multilingual social media landscape, and remember that managing language settings effectively ensures clearer communication and a more personalized browsing experience.


I’ve walked you through the steps to reset your Facebook language to English, whether you’re on a computer or a mobile device. Remember, even if you find yourself navigating Facebook in a language you don’t understand, icons and layout familiarity are your allies. Beyond just switching languages, I’ve shared how to tailor your Facebook experience with translation settings and keyboard adjustments. It’s all about making your social media interactions as smooth and understandable as possible. Here’s to clear communication and enjoying your time on Facebook, your way!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my Facebook language settings back to English on a computer?

To change your Facebook language settings back to English on a computer, click the small down arrow on the top right of Facebook, select ‘Settings & Privacy’ > ‘Language’, then choose English from the dropdown menu and save your changes.

What steps should I follow to change the Facebook language on a mobile device?

On a mobile device, tap the three horizontal lines (menu) > scroll down and tap ‘Settings & Privacy’ > ‘Language’, and then select English or your preferred language from the options provided.

Can I navigate Facebook in another language using visual cues?

Yes, you can use visual cues and familiar iconography to navigate Facebook settings in a different language. Look for recognizable symbols and layout to locate language settings.

How can I manage automatic translation features on Facebook?

Manage automatic translation features by going to the post with the translation, clicking on the settings icon at the top right of the post, and adjusting your translation preferences for posts and comments.

What should I do if Facebook suggests a language based on my location?

If Facebook suggests a language based on your location and it’s not your preference, you can change it by going to your settings menu and selecting your preferred language from the language settings.

Is it possible to adjust News Feed translation options on Facebook?

Yes, you can adjust News Feed translation options by clicking the translation settings on any translated post on your feed and customizing your translation preferences for that language.