Troubleshooting Guide: Mac is in the Wrong Language

Is your Mac displaying the wrong language? Don't worry; you can try troubleshooting this issue yourself with the help of this comprehensive guide. Our experts have compiled a set of solutions to help you resolve language-related issues on your Mac. Follow these troubleshooting steps, and if you need further assistance, feel free to contact us using the information provided below.


Table of Contents

  • Change Language Settings
  • Reset System Preferences
  • Reinstall macOS


Change Language Settings

If your Mac is in the wrong language, you can manually change the language settings. Follow these steps to change the language on your Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select "System Preferences."
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on "Language & Region."
  3. Select the language you want to use from the list on the left side of the window.
  4. Drag the selected language to the top of the list to set it as the primary language.
  5. Close the Language & Region window, and your Mac will apply the new language settings.

By changing the language settings, you can ensure that your Mac displays the correct language.


Reset System Preferences

If changing the language settings didn't resolve the issue, you can reset the System Preferences on your Mac. Follow these steps to reset the System Preferences:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select "System Preferences."
  1. In the System Preferences window, right-click (or Control-click) on an empty space in the sidebar.
  1. Choose "Reset to Default" from the context menu.
  1. A confirmation dialog will appear. Click on "Reset" to proceed.
  1. Your Mac will reset the System Preferences to their default settings.

Restart your Mac and check if the language issue has been resolved.


Reinstall macOS

If the language issue persists, you can consider reinstalling macOS on your Mac. Reinstalling macOS can help resolve system-level issues that may be causing the wrong language to display. Before proceeding, make sure to back up your important data. Follow these steps to reinstall macOS:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  1. Turn on your computer and immediately press and hold the Command (⌘) + R keys simultaneously.
  1. Keep holding the keys until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe.
  1. Release the keys when you see the macOS Utilities window.
  1. Select "Reinstall macOS" and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation process.

Reinstalling macOS will overwrite your system files, so make sure to back up your important data beforehand.