How to Change the Language Settings in Gmail

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Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

Gmail is the most popular e-mail service worldwide. Consequently, Google offers many different options for language settings. Even though the default settings are chosen by region, users can change the language that appears on their screen, the keyboard input language, and the language recognized by a stylus. To proceed, select a link from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to change the language displayed in Gmail

To change the language you see on all Gmail menus, follow the steps below.

  1. Open your Gmail account and sign in, if prompted.
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, click on theGmail settings iconicon.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.

Settings selector in Gmail.

  1. In the Settings window, under the General tab, click the down arrow next to the Gmail display language box.

Language select menu arrow

  1. Select your preferred language from the menu.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click the Save changes button button.

How to add a typing language, keyboard, or writing tool

The steps below will help you change the language in which your keyboard types, as well as add new virtual keyboards and stylus interpreters to a quick-select list.

  1. Open your Gmail account and sign in, if prompted.
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, click on theGmail settings iconicon.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.

Settings selector in Gmail.

  1. In the Settings window, under the General tab, check the box (if not already checked) next to Enable input tools.

Enable input tools box in Gmail

  1. Next to the Enable input tools line, click the Edit tools link.
  2. Select a typing language Add language in Gmail, virtual keyboard languageAdd keyboard in Gmail, or stylus interpreter Add stylus interpreter in Gmailfrom the menu on the left (A). Then, click the Add arrow Gmail arrow to add the tool to the list on the right (B). When you’re done making your additions, click the OK button on Gmail button at the bottom (C).

Adding a language, keyboard, or stylus input in Gmail.

How to select a typing language, keyboard, or writing tool you’ve added

After you’ve performed the steps in the previous section, you can quickly access the options you’ve added by following the steps below.

  1. Open your Gmail account and sign in if prompted.
  2. In the top-right corner of the screen, click on the small down arrow in between the KeyboardKeyboard iconand SettingsSettings iconicons.

Language options triangle

  1. Select an option from the list. Repeat to change others as needed.

Input select menu

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