iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – How to Change Device Language Settings

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus allow you to easily change the device language and region settings to suit your needs. Whether you are traveling abroad, purchased an iPhone in a different country, or simply want to learn a new language, changing these settings is straightforward. This guide will walk you through the step-by-step process.


Before changing the language settings, ensure:

  • You have an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus running the latest iOS version
  • The iPhone is unlocked and you can access the Settings app
  • You know which language you want to change to

Access Language & Region Settings

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Scroll down and tap on General
  3. Tap on Language & Region

Language & Region Settings

This will open the Language & Region settings where you can view and modify the configuration.

Change iPhone Language

To set a new language for the iPhone user interface:

  1. Under Preferred Language Order, tap Add Language
  2. Select the desired language from the list
  3. The selected language will now show under your language list
  4. To change it to the primary iPhone language, tap Edit
  5. Drag the newly added language to the top of the list
  6. Tap Done to apply the changes

Change iPhone Language

Once complete, your iPhone will switch to the new language. Give it a few seconds to take effect across the user interface.

Add Additional Languages

You can add multiple languages and easily switch between them:

  1. Follow the steps above to add a new language
  2. Ensure the primary language is on top under Preferred Language Order
  3. To switch languages, tap and hold the Reorder button next to the language and drag it to the top of the list
  4. Tap Done to apply the changes

Adding additional languages is useful for learning new languages or when traveling abroad.

Change Region Settings

The Region settings control date, time and number formats:

  1. Under Region, tap on Region Format
  2. Select the desired region
  3. This will automatically change the Calendar, Temperature and Measurement System formats

Ensure the correct region is set, especially if you have changed the iPhone language.

Tips When Changing Language

Here are some useful tips:

  • Changing the language downloads additional language packs, which take up storage space
  • Some apps may not fully support all languages
  • You can use Siri to change languages by voice commands
  • Adding keyboards for different languages can be useful for switching languages when typing
  • If you cannot understand the iPhone interface in an unfamiliar language, look for the U.S. flag icon to change it back to English easily

Reset Settings If Required

If you are stuck in an unfamiliar language, you can reset the iPhone which reverts back to original factory settings:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset
  2. Tap on Reset All Settings
  3. Enter your passcode if prompted
  4. All settings including language will reset to default

This should reset the device back to your original language. You can then change to your preferred language.

Changing the language and region on iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is simple and fast. With the ability to add multiple languages, it gives you great flexibility when traveling or learning something new.


  • Access Settings > General > Language & Region to modify configurations
  • Add, remove or reorder languages under Preferred Language Order
  • Set region to control date, time and number formats
  • Reset iPhone if you get stuck in unfamiliar language

Correctly setting language and region is important for the best iPhone experience. Follow the steps in this guide to customize based on your requirements.