How to change the language on your Apple Watch

By , May 4, 2015

Apple Watch Language Settings

If you’d like to change the language set on you Apple Watch to another language, you can do so fairly easily. Although a language change isn’t possible directly from the Apple Watch itself, it is possible via the Apple Watch companion app found on the paired iPhone. Have a look at this guide to see how.

How to change Apple Watch language settings

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch companion app on the paired iPhone

Step 2: Tap the My Watch tab

Step 3: Tap General

Step 4: Tap Language & Region

Step 5: Tap the System Language section and select your desired language

Step 6: Tap Done

Once you change your language, you’ll see a prompt that says “Setting Language” in the language that you selected. This takes a while, and it’s almost as if the device is rebooting. Once it completes, you will see the watch face with the new language displayed.

Apple Watch language

If you don’t see your particular language, then that may be because there aren’t as many languages available at launch on the Apple Watch as there currently are on the iPhone. If you go into Settings → General → Language & Region on the iPhone, you’ll notice that there are many more languages found in the iPhone Language tab than there are on the watch.

Apple is no doubt working as hard as it can to bring more languages to the Apple Watch. In total, there are 14 languages available on the Apple Watch, though some of those are just variants of an existing language.

Here are the languages that you will find on Watch OS 1.0:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • French (Canadian)
  • Chinese, Simplified
  • Chinese, Traditional
  • Chinese, Traditional (Hong Kong)
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Korean
  • English (U.K.)
  • English (Australia)

It’s a nice start, but when compared to the iPhone, it’s obvious that a lot of prominent languages are not yet available.

If you’ve yet to do so, be sure to take a gander at our full Apple Watch tutorial series. There, you’ll find basic guides and advanced guides that show you how to get more out of our Apple Watch.

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