Why Is My Facebook Now in Spanish?

By Julius Vandersteen

When you sign up for an account on Facebook, you have a user name and a password, which you use to log in and set your preferences, including the language that displays on your Facebook page. If you open your Facebook page and see that it now is in Spanish, and Spanish is not your preferred language, it means that someone has changed your account settings.

About Facebook

Facebook is a free social networking site that anyone at least 13 years old can join. More than 750 million members connect online to share information and rekindle old relationships. You use Facebook to coordinate activities in your real life, as well as keep up to date with your friends, family and colleagues when you can't get together in person.

Facebook Translations

Facebook is available in more than 70 translated versions, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Afrikaans. If you are a computer programmer, you might prefer to have your Facebook page translated into "Leet Speak," where phrases such as "Your Email" appear as "ur 3m4!1."

Change the Language

Launch your Web browser and navigate to the Facebook website. If you see your Facebook page with the language in Spanish, it means you are still logged in, but the language setting has been changed. Click the "Espanol" link at the bottom of the page. A dialog box appears. Click the link for the language you prefer to use, such as "English (US)." The dialog box closes, and your Facebook page now displays text in your preferred language.

Considerations

If you are sure that you didn't accidentally change your Facebook page from your preferred language to Spanish, it is possible that there was simply a glitch in the system. However, it is also possible that someone else has had access to your Facebook account. If you work on a computer that you share with other people, log out of your Facebook account whenever you step away to prevent an unauthorized person from accessing your account and making changes or violating your privacy.