Add New Languages on MacSource: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore

Apple makes it possible to add new languages on your Mac with macOS Monterey. After doing so, you can change the system-wide language or make adjustments to specific apps. Here are the steps to add new languages on all the best Macs.

How to add new languages to Mac

Before you can use new languages on your Mac, you must download them into macOS by following the directions below.

  1. Choose System Preferences on your Mac Dock.
  2. Select Languages & Regions.
  3. Click the + at the bottom left under Preferred Languages.

    To add new languages to Mac, choose System Preferences on the Mac Dock, then select Languages & Regions. Next, click on the + at the bottom left of the screen.Source: iMore

  4. Highlight the language to add.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Choose the new language as your primary system language in the pop-up box — if you want. Otherwise, select the current primary language.

    To add new languages to Mac, highlight the language to add. Click Add, choose the new language as your primary system language or keep the existing one by selecting it on the pop-up box. Source: iMore

That's it! You've added a new language to Mac. You can repeat Steps 3 through 6 to add more languages.

Apple divides the list between languages that fully support macOS and those that do not. The latter languages, when selected, might only show on app menus and messages.

As Apple explains, "If macOS or an app supports the primary language, menus and messages are shown in that language. If it doesn't, it uses the next unselected language in the list, and so on. The language may also be used on websites that support the language."

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How to change system language

If you didn't change the system language using the steps above, you can do so at any time by following these directions:

  1. Choose System Preferences on your Mac Dock.
  2. Select Languages & Regions.
  3. Highlight the language as your primary system language.

    To change the system language, choose System Preferences on the Mac Dock, then select Languages & Regions. Highlight the language you want to use.Source: iMore

  4. Move the language you want to the top of the list.
  5. Restart your Mac.
  6. Repeat Steps 4 and Step 5 to change to the original system language, as necessary.

    To change system language, move the language you want to the top of the list. Reboot your computer. Source: iMore

The system language has changed.

How to change app language

You can also change the languages used in specific apps. To do so, the language must already be installed on your system. Once the language has been installed using the directions above:

  1. Choose System Preferences on your Mac Dock.
  2. Select Languages & Regions.
  3. Choose the Apps tab at the top of the box.
  4. Click the + at the bottom left.

    To change app language, choose System Preferences on the Mac Dock, then select Languages & Regions. , then choose the Apps tab. Source: iMore

  5. Choose the app in the pull-down menu.
  6. Select the language to use in the pull-down menu. Uninstalled languages are grayed out.

    To change the language of an app, choose the app in the pull-down menu, then select a language in the pull down menu. Source: iMore

  7. Click Add.
  8. Repeat Steps 5 and Steps 6 to change the language for other apps.

    To change the language of an app, click Add. Repeat steps as necessarySource: iMore

Your app language has been changed. You can change them back or select another language at any time by following the same steps.

Questions?

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