How to Change Your Language in WeChat

WeChat, a Chinese social network app, is becoming a hit all over the world. In China, everybody’s using it as their number one social network. That said, knowing how to change the WeChat interface language can’t hurt.

How to Change Your Language in WeChat

Additionally, since the millions upon millions of Chinese use it, you might need to translate your messages every now and then, or on the other side, write in Chinese on your Android or iOS device. Read on to see how to change the language on WeChat.

Changing the Language

If the app is in Chinese, it might be a bit harder to change the language, but if you know which menus to open, it becomes drastically easier.

  1. Open the WeChat app and go to the “Me” tab. It’s located in the bottom-right corner of the screen. It reads “我” in Chinese.
  2. Go to the Settings. Look for “设置.”
  3. Select “General” or “通用.”
  4. Tap on “Language.” It is labeled “多语言” in Chinese.
  5. Find English on the list. Don’t forget to tap the “Done” button right after that to save the changes. It’s the green button in the top-right corner.

Translating Messages

Being a multicultural app it is, WeChat also lets you translate messages to your language.

  1. Open the WeChat app and go to the “Chats” tab.
  2. Tap on the chat you want to translate.
  3. To translate a message, tap on it and hold until a menu pops up.
  4. Choosing the “Translate” option will translate the message to your phone’s selected language.

Typing in Chinese on an iOS Device

iPhone and iPad have a Chinese (Pinyin) keyboard built-in. This lets you type in Chinese on WeChat.

  1. Go to your iOS device’s Settings app.
  2. Choose “General.”
  3. Enter the “Keyboard” menu.
  4. Open the first option, “Keyboards.”
  5. Tap on the “Add New Keyboard…” button.
  6. Scroll down until you find the Chinese keyboards. There will be two, Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional). It is recommended to go with the former since the majority of Chinese citizens use the modern, simplified version of the Hanzi script.
  7. Having chosen the preferred keyboard, choose the keyboard layout. You can choose between QUERTY, AZERTY, and 10 Key. Tap the one you wish to use.
  8. After selecting it, tap on the “Done” button in the top-right corner.
  9. Press the “Home” button to exit the Settings, going back to the Home screen.
  10. Open the WeChat app.
  11. Going to the “Chat,” tab in the bottom-left corner, and then open the desired thread.
  12. Tap on the message box to reveal the keyboard.
  13. Tap and hold down the globe button at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard. This will open a list of available keyboards.
  14. Choose the Chinese keyboard. Use the same method to revert to English.

Typing in Chinese on an Android Device

Android may not have a built-in Chinese keyboard, but you can easily download one from Google Play.

  1. Enter the Google Play app.
  2. Tap on the search bar near the top of the screen to look up an app.
  3. Type “pinyin” in the search bar and tap on the magnifying glass button in the bottom-right corner.
  4. Open “Google Pinyin Input.” It should be the first app on the list.
  5. Tap on the “Install” button to download it.
  6. When the app finishes installing, open the WeChat app and go to the “Chat” tab in the bottom-left corner.
  7. Tap on a chat you want to open.
  8. Tap on the message box to reveal the keyboard.
  9. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Notifications bar.
  10. Tap on the one that lets you choose the keyboard, usually labeled “Change keyboard.”
  11. Select “Chinese Pinyin.”

Having Connections Worldwide

In China, WeChat is more than just a social network. People use it for so much more than socializing. So, if you have a Chinese friend, you can now surprise them with a message in their tongue.

What do you think about WeChat? Do you think other countries should have similar all-in-one apps? Let us know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “How to Change Your Language in WeChat”

Avatar Marta Laskowska says:
few days ago, the app language changed into Chinese and changing it into English doesn’t do the trick. Everything stays in Chinese. What to do?
Avatar Sutirtho Patranobis says:
I am facing exactly the same problem after an update on Jan 1. Unable to find a solution.
Avatar Danny says:
sometimes my keyboard switches spontaneaously from Azerty to Qwerty

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