Changing languages on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Here are the simple step-by-step instructions for changing the language displayed on your Samsung Galaxy S4 and its keyboard.

Whether you’re trying to get Spanish, French, Korean, or any other language on the Samsung Galaxy S4, here’s how to do it. Making this change will affect all of the default apps, user interface elements, Google apps (including Google Now), and any other third party apps with the appropriate language support. Keep in mind you’ll have to change keyboard settings separately, but we’ll show you how to do that too.

How to change language on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Changing languages on the Samsung Galaxy S4

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access the notification tray.
  2. Tap the settings gear icon in the top-right.
  3. Tap the My Device tab at the top.
  4. Tap Language and input under the Input and control subheading near the bottom.
  5. Tap Language at the very top.
  6. Tap the language you’d like to switch to.

How to change language on the Samsung Galaxy S4 keyboard

Changing keyboard language on the Samsung Galaxy S4

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to access the notification tray.
  2. Tap the settings gear icon in the top-right.
  3. Tap the My Device tab at the top.
  4. Tap Language and input under the Input and control subheading near the bottom.
  5. Under Keyboards and input methods, tap the gear icon next to the keyboard that you use.
  6. When using the Samsung keyboard, tap Select input languages to add additional language support. Remember, your keyboard can provide prediction and characters for multiple languages at once.

What if I can’t find my language?

Examples of other languages on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

If your language isn’t in the list, things get a little complicated. Manufacturers can’t jam every language into the Android OS that they load onto their devices, and usually include only ones that are popular to keep lists simplified. You can, however, designated country and language codes and download language packs with the right app. This requires root access to the device, which is another challenge altogether.

  1. Root your Samsung Galaxy S4 by following these instructions
  2. Download and install MoreLocale 2
  3. Run MoreLocale 2 and tap custom locale, near the top.
  4. Tap the ISO639 and ISO3166 buttons to pick your country and language from the list, and tap Set.

That’s it! Sure, things get bumpy if your language isn’t listed, but as always, we’re here to lend a hand. Drop a comment if you have any problems switching languages on your Samsung Galaxy S4!

 
There are 6 comments

Zooks64 says:

Keep up the how to articles for the S4! I'm loving them.

Zooks64 says:

Also, is there some reason why these posts don't show up in the Android Central app? I wanted to comment on it so I went to the App but this and all the S4 How To articles are not showing up in the app.

teomor says:

No, really, what's with all the S4 articles? Is this turning into Samsung Central?

Simon Sage says:

Short answer is it's a popular phone and we want to make sure that we have dedicated stories posted to address the major questions and complaints from new owners. For the most part, these are basic tasks, which is why we keep them off the front page. They're still helpful for folks coming in from Google, though. 

I've enabled developer options, enabled USB debug mode and installed MoreLocale 2 and set my desired language from the list. Now it says 'Connect to your PC (which I've already done and pressed OK) and type below command. Do I type the command into the address bar on my PC?

When I go to the 'MoreLocale 2' download page, it says that I have no devices. How do I add my S4. It seemed to download as indicated by my last message to you.