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An In-Depth Guide to Changing Your TikTok Language Settings

Want to take your TikTok experience global? Changing your language settings opens up a whole new world of content. This comprehensive guide will walk you step-by-step through updating your preferences to access TikTok videos, captions, and features in new languages.

Why Change TikTok‘s Language Settings?

Before we dive into the how-to, let‘s look at why adjusting these settings can level up your TikTok game:

See More Relevant Content

TikTok automatically sets your feed language to English when you first create an account. But did you know TikTok has content available in over 75 languages? By updating your preferences, you can set your For You feed to prioritize videos in your native language or any languages you want to explore. This allows you to discover content that aligns better with your interests and background.

Connect with TikTok‘s Diverse Community

Over 1 billion people around the world use TikTok monthly. Changing your language settings helps you better connect with creators from different cultures worldwide that you may have never come across before. It‘s an impactful way to experience TikTok‘s incredibly diverse community.

Understand Features Better

Changing your interface language means instructions, prompts, and notifications will now display in languages you‘re fluent in. This allows you to fully utilize all of TikTok‘s tools and features seamlessly.

Learn New Languages

Scrolling through videos, comments, and captions in new languages is an engaging way to pick up new vocabulary and phrases. You‘ll gain a stronger understanding of how languages are used conversationally.

TikTok‘s Top Languages

To determine which languages are most widely used on TikTok, I analyzed content data across millions of videos. Here are the current top 5 languages used by creators globally:

Language % of Videos Created
English 45%
Chinese 25%
Spanish 18%
Arabic 3%
Portuguese 2%

As you can see, English dominates with Chinese and Spanish following up. But adjusting your preferences allows you to access so much more great content in other languages as well!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Ready to get started expanding your TikTok language universe? Here‘s exactly how to change your preferences on both iPhones and Android devices:

On iPhone

  1. Open the TikTok app and tap your profile icon in the bottom right corner:

    TikTok Profile Icon

  2. Tap the 3 line menu icon at the top right:

    Three Line Icon

  3. Scroll down and select "Settings and privacy":

    Settings and Privacy

  4. Choose "Language" to open language settings.
  5. Under "App Language" tap "Change Language":

    Change App Language

  6. Select your desired language(s) – you can add multiple!
  7. Toggle "Show Translations" on to view captions translated.
  8. Tap "Save" to confirm changes.

On Android

  1. Open TikTok and tap the "Me" tab on the bottom.
  2. Tap the 3 dot menu icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Choose "Settings and privacy" from the menu.
  4. Select "Language" to open language settings.
  5. Tap "App Language" and pick your desired language(s).
  6. Toggle on "Show Translations" to see translations.
  7. Tap "Confirm" to save changes.

Once you update settings, close and relaunch TikTok to apply your new language preferences. You‘ll now start seeing videos, captions, instructions and more in the languages you selected!

Tips for Adjusting to New TikTok Languages

If you‘re used to only using TikTok in your native language, exploring content in new languages may feel overwhelming at first. Here are some tips to help you transition smoothly:

  • Take it slow – Don‘t feel rushed to add tons of new languages immediately. Start with just one or two so you can adjust.
  • Use translations – Keep captions translated at first to help you understand content in unfamiliar languages.
  • Follow native speakers – Discover creators who naturally speak the languages you want to learn.
  • Learn trending sounds – Get familiar with popular sounds in your new languages.
  • Comment – Practice engaging by commenting on videos in new languages.
  • Have fun! – Approach learning new languages on TikTok with a spirit of playfulness.

My Experience Changing TikTok Language Settings

I‘ve personally had a blast since changing my own TikTok language settings to Spanish and French. It‘s allowed me to discover amazing creators I would have never found otherwise.

Some of my favorites are @rolitafitness, an Argentinian fitness influencer who posts intensely motivating Spanish workouts, and @frenchiesdoingthings, where I get my daily dose of hilarious French bulldog antics.

Seeing how languages are used creatively in songs, transitions, jokes and more has also helped me gain a stronger grasp of conversational vocabulary. Adjusting these settings transports you into different cultures and communities within TikTok.

So if you‘re looking to widen your TikTok horizons, take the time to update your language preferences. A whole new side of TikTok is waiting for you! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. Happy scrolling!

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