Google surprised everyone by releasing the latest version of its Android operating system ahead of the new lineup of its hardware devices, and Android 13 is now available ahead of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. In the past, I’ve toyed with the idea of changing the system language on the phone to better facilitate my immersive language learning efforts.
However, since I’m new to learning Japanese, it just wasn’t viable to keep the entire operating system converted to that language. It was too difficult to get the full context of my calendar, latest news etc., and I ended up reverting to English. Unfortunately, there was no middle ground and my fun little experiment came to an end.
With the release of Android 13 however, something interesting happened. Google has created a way for users to switch between their native language per app instead of system wide! Today I’m going to show you how to enable and use per-app languages so you too can benefit from smaller, more controlled doses of language immersion. For some of you who are bilingual, this feature may be more necessary than interesting, as you may feel more comfortable reading specific apps in your native language as opposed to the language you are used to. talk and interact for business or otherwise.
To get started, simply open the Settings app on your Android phone and navigate to the “System” section. From there, tap on “Languages & Input” and finally “App Languages”. If you want, you can just open settings on your phone and use the search bar at the top to type in “App languages” to get there much faster. You can see an example of this process below!
In the list of app languages, you will see all the apps that support this feature. What you will realize though, is that not all of your apps are capable of language switching, and each developer will need to make this possible on a case-by-case basis.
Luckily, many of your native Google apps can be toggled back and forth as you please, and it’s a wonderful way to feel more comfortable and comfortable with your device or use it as real-time learning resource. If you change something like Calendar to Japanese, for example, just keep in mind that the UI will convert, but the events won’t since they were created using text created by the user.
I just want the steps!
1. Open “Settings” on your Android 13 device
2. Go to “System”
3. Tap on “Languages and inputs”
4. Open “Application languages”
5. Select an app you want to convert
6. Choose a new language from the list of those available
seven. Open this app from your phone’s app launcher and see the results!