How to Change Language on Netflix? [All You Need To Know]

Keelan Balderson
Keelan Balderson

Updated · Sep 10, 2022

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Wondering how to change the language on Netflix? The streaming service has multiple options for adjusting language settings across your account, including both the display language and the subtitles/audio. 

Today let’s explore how you can configure the full range of language settings on all your common devices.

How Do I Change the Language on Netflix?

If you’ve ever asked, ‘why has my Netflix changed the language’ or you want to change it from its default setting, here’s what to do. 

Note: This refers to the display language of your account and all its menus. Other settings can be found in the next steps.

PC or Mac

To perform a Netflix language change via the PC or Mac app, follow these steps:

  • select your profile 
  • click the three-dots icon in the top right corner; this will open your settings page

settings page open

  • click ‘Account Details’ and a browser window will open listing all your profiles
  • choose the one you want and scroll down to ‘Language
  • under ‘Display Language’ check the one you want

Display Language bar open

This option is very handy if the language was changed accidentally. Follow the above steps to quickly get Netflix to change the language back to English or your native language. 

Chromebook

The process is much the same on Chromebook:

  • go to the top right corner and click your profile icon; the dropdown menu will appear 
  • select ‘Account’ or ‘Account Details’ depending on your version 
  • scroll down to ‘Language
  • under ‘Display Language’ tick the option you want

Browser

If you’re using Netflix on your desktop browser, it’s an even faster process: 

  • hover over the top-right profile icon
  • click ‘Account’; this will display all your profiles
  • choose the right one and scroll down to ‘Language
  • under ‘Display Language’ check the one you want and save 

Mobile App

If you need to change the language on Netflix app versions for Android or iOS, here’s what to do.

Android

The Android settings apply to smartphones, tablets, and other compatible Android-based devices.

  • tap your profile after signing in
  • then tap the profile icon in the top right
  • select ‘Manage Profiles

Manage Profiles tab open

  • choose your profile and scroll down to ‘Display Language’; this is usually the second option below ‘Maturity Rating
  • tap this and check your desired language

app interface

You may need to close and reopen the app for the settings to get updated.

iOS

The iOS settings apply to iPhones, iPad, and tablets. Here’s how to proceed: 

  • on the Netflix home screen, tap the profile icon or the three-line icon, depending on your version of the app
  • tap ‘Manage Profiles’ and reselect your desired profile 
  • tap ‘Display Language’ and check the language you want

You may need to close and reopen the app for the setting to update.

How to Change the Audio & Subtitle Language on Netflix?

Netflix language settings also allow you to you change the language of the audio and subtitles on compatible content. At the same time, you can still keep the originally chosen display language of the menus.

PC or Mac

For PC and Mac, Netflix subtitles foreign language settings can be found by clicking the three-dots icon in the top right corner. This will open your settings page.

  • click ‘Account Details’ and a browser window will open listing all your profiles
  • choose the one you want and scroll down to ‘Language
  • scroll to the second option titled ‘Programmes & Films Languages’ and check which one you want
  • then click ‘Save’ 

Browser

On a desktop web browser, the process is as follows:

  • click the profile icon in the top right and choose ‘Account’; this will display all your profiles 
  • choose the one you want and scroll down to ‘Language

desired Display Language checked

  • under ‘Programmes & Films Languages’ check the one you want
  • then click ‘Save’ 

Mobile App

Android

For Android devices: 

  • select your profile after signing in, then tap the profile icon in the top right
  • next tap ‘Manage Profiles
  • reselect your profile and scroll down to ‘Audio & Subtitles Languages’ 
  • choose your preferred language

iOS

For iOS devices: 

  • on the Netflix home screen, tap the profile icon or the three-line icon, depending on your version of the app
  • tap ‘Manage Profiles’ and reselect your desired profile 
  • tap ‘Audio & Subtitles Languages’ and choose the language you want from the displayed Netflix subtitles languages or audio options

How to Change the Netflix Language on Your TV?

If you want to know how to switch the language on Netflix on your TV, remember that it depends on how your TV receives streaming content.

Roku TV

Display Language

For instance, you can change Netflix from Spanish to English or vice-versa on Roku streaming sticks and other devices with just a few simple steps:

  • open the main Netflix home screen with all the content
  • press left on your Roku remote until the left-hand pane opens
  • then press ‘Enter’ or ‘Ok’ on your profile icon at the top
  • press ‘Down’ two times to open the pen-like edit icon and click ‘Ok’ or ‘Enter’; you should now be on the ‘Edit Profile’ page
  • press ‘Down’ until ‘Language’ is selected and then click ‘Ok’ or ‘Enter
  • now you can use your directionals to choose your desired language
  • to complete the process, click ‘Done’ and the language will be saved 

Audio & Subtitles Language

To change the audio and subtitle language of the compatible content, do the following:

  • begin playing the content and press ‘Up’ on your remote
  • use the directionals to highlight ‘Other’ and both the subtitles and audio languages will be overlayed
  • highlight any of these and press ‘Ok’ or ‘Enter’ on your remote

Amazon Fire Stick

Display Language

At this time, Amazon Fire Stick does not allow you to change the display language using the Netflix app itself. That’s why you will need to open your browser, or another device linked to your account, and follow the steps above.

However, you can change the audio and subtitle language in-app.

Audio & Subtitles Language

Begin playing any content you wish to watch as you normally would using Fire Stick, then:

  • navigate using the ‘Down’ arrow during playback 
  • click the ‘Dialog’ icon to choose your desired language

For subtitles, follow the above steps but select ‘Subtitles’ instead of ‘Dialog’.

Apple TV

Display Language

If you want to know how to change the language on Netflix on Apple TV, note that it currently doesn’t allow you to change the display language using the Netflix app itself. So you will need to open your browser or another device linked to your account. Then follow the previous steps.

However, you can change the audio and subtitle language in-app.

Audio & Subtitles Language

Begin playing any content you wish to watch as you normally would using Apple TV.

Apple TV 2/ Apple TV 3

For the older second and third generation Apple TV devices, the steps are as follows:

  • press and hold the center button on your Apple TV Remote 
  • the ‘Audio and Subtitle’ menu will pop up
  • navigate to your desired language to change it

Apple TV HD/ Apple TV 4K

For the newer Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K, do the following:

  • swipe or press ‘Down’ on your Siri remote for the ‘Audio and Subtitle’ menu to pop up
  • then navigate to your desired language to change it

Smart TV

Smart TVs vary a lot depending on the make and the underlying operating system. You will usually be able to change the audio and subtitle language during playback by pulling up the menu.

As with other devices, you can usually change the display language from a profile or settings page. If there isn’t such an option, you will need to open your browser and follow the previous steps.

How to Change the Netflix Language on PlayStation or Xbox?

At this time, PlayStation and Xbox consoles do not allow you to change the display language using the Netflix app itself. So you will need to open your browser. Then follow the previous steps.

However, you can change the audio and subtitle language in-app.

PlayStation

Audio & Subtitles Language

To begin a Netflix language change, start playing any content as you normally would using your PS3, PS4, or PS5 console. Then, do the following:

  • use your controller or PlayStation remote and press ‘Down’ during streaming until a menu appears
  • choose either ‘Subtitles’ or ‘Audio’ 
  • check your preferred language
  • exit the menu and the changes will be saved

Xbox

Audio & Subtitles Language

Begin playing any content you wish to watch as you normally would using any Xbox console from the 360 onwards. Then:

  • use your controller or Xbox remote and press ‘Down’ during streaming
  • a menu will appear letting you choose either ‘Subtitles’ or ‘Audio’
  • check your preferred language
  • exit the menu and the changes will be saved

How to Change the Country on Your Netflix Account?

You can watch Netflix in more than 190 countries, each with its own unique library of content. The library you have access to is linked to the origin country — the one you first sign up from. 

If you travel to a different country, you can still watch Netflix. But you will be restricted to content that is available globally and licensed for all regions. This means that shows only available in the United States or your home country will be blocked. Likewise, shows exclusive to your destination will not be available. 

If you have permanently moved, Netflix recommends canceling your account and waiting till the end of the billing cycle. Then you can restart your account in the new country. This will unlock your new location’s full library.

Note: If your Netflix keeps changing the language, your account might be compromised. That’s because if you sign in from a different country, the display language can automatically change accordingly. The official site advises locking your profile and resetting your password if the issue persists.

Using a VPN

Unfortunately, if you use a VPN to spoof your current country, the same restrictions apply as when you travel there. You will be restricted to content that is available globally.

However, if you use a VPN to spoof your origin country and create a new Netflix account, you can bypass the region restrictions altogether. For instance, if you live in the UK, you can use a VPN to register a Netflix account from the United States. You will then have full access to the US library while in the UK.

How to Change the Region on Your Netflix?

Similarly, you can change the region of your Netflix account using a free or premium DNS service. You will require at least one DNS server address capable of streaming speeds. Here’s how it works: 

  • open the ‘Network Settings’ on your device
  • use the manual DNS settings and enter the server address
  • restart your connection so that your location will reflect that of the DNS server
  • sign up for a Netflix account with a spoofed origin country to access its full library of content

You might need to change your Netflix language settings if you change to a region that is not native to you.

How to Find Movies in a Different Language on Netflix?

Whatever region you access Netflix from, the streaming service offers content in different languages. This may be in the form of dubbing, subtitles, or content produced entirely in a different language.

An easy way to find this content is to go to the search bar and simply type the language you’re looking for. I.e., typing ‘German language’ will display all the German content available, even if you are not in Germany. 

Note: This refers to internationally available content. You will not get access to Germany’s own content library unless you follow one of the above steps and create a German Netflix account. 

Wrap Up

So, whether you’re on a computer, using a smart device, or a games console – it’s easy to get the correct audio and subtitles when you know how to change the language on Netflix.

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Keelan Balderson

Keelan Balderson

A qualified journalist and longtime web content writer, Keelan has a passion for exploring information and learning new things. If he's not writing or pushing his own brands, you'll find him watching pro wrestling or trying not to rant about politics online.

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