How to Change the Language in Zoom Conferencing
Zoom is one of the most streamlined and easy-to-use meeting apps available. It works across different platforms and allows for more than a few customizations. Naturally, one of the first things you’d want to do is change the language to fit your business.
This can be done in only a few clicks, and Zoom also allows you to switch between different languages. If there is a catch – you can’t change the language on the Zoom mobile app from the app itself. But don’t worry, this article shows you how to work around this limitation.
Before You Start
Let’s assume that you’ve already installed the app and signed in for the service. If not, you can change the language as soon as you activate your profile via the Zoom confirmation email.
You get the app on your smartphone or desktop, provide your credentials, and follow the link within the email to your profile. Once on the profile page, scroll or swipe down to Language, click “Edit”, and select your preferred language.
This is also the most general way to change the language on Zoom. And if you prefer to use Zoom via the desktop app, make sure to update your system before you install the app.
Changing the Language on the Desktop App
For the purposes of this article, Alphr tested the steps on a macOS, but similar steps apply to Windows and other operating systems. Therefore, you won’t struggle to change the language using this guide.
Navigate to the Zoom app icon on your computer, and right-click on the app to reveal a pop-up window.
Now, hover over “Switch Languages” and select one from the list that appears next to the pop-up window.
When you click on the language you’d like to use, you get another pop-up to confirm your choice. Select “Switch to + (the language name)” and the app restarts to update the settings with the given language.
Note: Currently, Zoom supports the following languages:
- Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)
Changing the Zoom Language via a Browser
The browser method is simple and doesn’t require more actions than the previous one. Plus, this is a handy trick to overcome the fact that you can’t change the language via the mobile app. Here’s what you need to do:
If you’ve signed in via a browser, click on “My Account” in the upper right corner of the screen. Otherwise, select “Sign In” when you search for zoom.us, provide your credentials, then navigate to your profile.
On a side note, Zoom allows you to quickly make a profile and sign in via Google or Facebook. This method doesn’t involve activation through a confirmation email.
Once inside your profile, scroll down a bit and click on “Edit” on the far right of the Language option. This is also where you can preview your current language.
Choose the preferred language from the drop-down list and confirm your choice.
Note: The changes should automatically sync across all your devices. If not, restart the app or sign out and sign back in. This is helpful if you haven’t updated the system prior to installing Zoom.
How to Change Zoom Language on a Mobile App
The Zoom app picks up on the language of your smartphone and uses it as default. To change the app language without accessing your Zoom profile, you need to change the smartphone’s language.
Launch Settings, swipe down to General and tap on it for more options. Select “Language & Region”, tap “Add Language” and choose one from the list.
You’ll need to set that language as the top preferred on the “Preferred Language Order” list. Now, restart the Zoom app and make sure the changes took effect.
Access Settings, choose System and tap the globe icon for “Language & input”. Thereon, select “Languages” and hit “Add Language”.
While you’re at it, also select the Region and hold the two horizontal lines to move the selected language to the top. Depending on the Android device you’re using, the verbiage and menu location might be different.
But language settings are the same, so you shouldn’t struggle to make the switch with this guide. If the drawback is that your entire system is now in a different language.
Zoom Language Interpretation
The really cool thing is that Zoom allows you to bring in an interpreter to help during your meetings and webinars. The option is available on these Zoom plans:
- Webinar add-on
To enable interpretation, you need to log into Zoom via the web portal and take the given path:
Settings > Language Interpretation (under In Meeting Advanced) > Meetings > Schedule a New Meeting
Now, you select “Generate Automatically” and click on the box in front of “Enable Language Interpretation”. Provide the credentials of your interpreter and click “Save” when done.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Zoom offer a language translation feature?
Although there isn’t a function that will translate speech for you, Zoom makes it quite easy to have an interpreter join the call. The meeting creator can designate one or more attendees as interpreters. This will give those individuals the option to speak on one line, providing a direct and uninterrupted line of communication to those who need the translation.
If you’re using this feature, you won’t be able to record the audio of the interpreter and you can’t use a personal meeting ID. To invite an interpreter you’ll need to use the option to generate a meeting ID.
I accidentally switched the language on Zoom, how do I undo it?
If you’ve ever accidentally switched an app’s language to Mandarin when you only speak English, it may seem too overwhelming to fix. Fortunately, you can reverse follow the steps above to recover your native language and keep going by following the location of where each Setting is.
But, the fastest, easiest way to recover your native language is to simply uninstall the app and reinstall it. Doing this will give you the option to select the language you’d like on the first page. Problem fixed.
Aside from the given options, Zoom supports a lot of languages for international dial-in numbers. When you access meetings like this, the other user gets Zoom support in the language native to the country you’re calling.
What are the things you’d like to improve with Zoom? Have you used any other similar app before? Share your insights in the comments section below.