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How to change the language and ‘region’ on your Mac, for multilingual users and those living abroad


When you first buy a brand new Mac computer, the language and region is already set to the country you bought it in – in the US, this is going to be US English.

If you’re moving to a new country, or would just like to change or add a language to your Mac for any number of reasons, you can do so through your computer’s settings.

Note, however, that apps within macOS will not support every language.

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How to change or add a language on Mac

1. First, open System Preferences and navigate to Language & Region – the icon displaying a blue flag with a globe inside.

Language1Find &quotLanguage & Region” in System Preferences.Meira Gebel/Business Insider

2. On the menu on the left side, find the “+” button.

Language2To add a language, click the “+” button.Meira Gebel/Business Insider

3. Scroll through the list to find the language you wish to add to your Mac.

4. After you’ve selected a language to add, a drop-down menu will ask if you’d like to make it the primary language on your Mac. If so, click it.

Language3Click on the name of the language you just added to make it the primary.Meira Gebel/Business Insider

5. Next, a pop-up will ask if you’d like the add the language’s “Input source” – the keyboard. If so, click “Add Input Source” or “Not Now.”

Language4To add the keyboard for the language you selected, click &quotAdd input source.”Meira Gebel/Business Insider

6. To add another language, just click the “+” again and follow the above steps.

How to change the region on your Mac

If you bought your Mac in the United States, but plan to move abroad, you can change the region using System Preferences.

1. Go to System Preferences > Languages & Region.

2. In the right menu, find “Region” and click the two blue arrows.

Language5Under &quotRegion” select the continent, then country.Meira Gebel/Business Insider

3. In the drop-down menu, select the continent, then country.

4. This will change the time zone, calendar, and temperature format of your Mac.