How to Change Your Google Homepage Language

By David Koenig

The Google search engine produces results in over 40 world languages, from Afrikaans to Vietnamese. You can also change the interface so that user instructions, for example, appear in your preferred language on the Google homepage. Your browser automatically saves these settings for return visits. If you have a Google account, your language of choice will remain the same wherever you sign in to Google services such as search, Gmail and Google Maps.

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to google.com.

Step 2

Click the "Options" icon in the upper-right corner of the program window. The Options icon looks like a gray gear. Select "Search Settings" from the drop-down menu that appears. The Google Preferences screen appears.

Step 3

Click the drop-down menu next to "Interface Language," then select a language from the list.

Step 4

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save Preferences."

Tips & Warnings

  • Change your preferred language for results only by selecting one or more languages from the "Search Language" section on the Google Preferences page. The interface, including commands and instructions, for example, is not affected.