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iPod: Changing the display language

Your iPod is multilingual and can be set to display one of many languages. If you've accidentally chosen the wrong language for your iPod, follow the steps below to change the language display.

  1. Reset your iPod—Depending on how much you've used your iPod since selecting the language, simply resetting your iPod may cause it to forget the current language setting, enabling you to select a new one. See How to reset iPod for instructions.

    Note: When you reset your iPod, all your music and data files are saved, though you may need to reset some customized settings.
     
  2. Update your iPod software—If you haven't updated your iPod software recently, use the latest version of iTunes and update the iPod software.
     
  3. Go to the main menu—Disconnect your iPod from your computer, then press the Menu button until the menu title says "iPod," regardless of the language displayed. This means you are at the main menu.
     
  4. Select your language.
    If you have an iPod nano or Fifth Generation iPod (iPod with video):
    1. Scroll down to the last menu option but don't select it.
    2. Scroll up one menu item. This should be Settings.
    3. Press the Center (Select) button. This takes you to the Settings menu.
    4. Scroll down to the last menu option but don't select it; in English, this is the "Reset All Settings" option.
    5. Scroll up to the third menu item from the bottom one. This should be Language.
    6. Press the Center button to select Language.
    7. Select your preferred language from the list.


    If you have an older iPod with color display (including iPod photo)
    1. Scroll to the fourth menu item in the screen and press the Center (Select) button. This takes you to the Settings menu.
    2. Scroll down to the last menu option but don't select it; in English, this is the "Reset All Settings" option.
    3. Scroll up to the third menu item from the bottom one. This should be Language.
    4. Press the Center button to select Language.
    5. Select your preferred language from the list.


    If your iPod has a monochrome display (black and white):
    1. Scroll to the third menu item in the screen and press the Center (Select) button. This takes you to the Settings menu.
    2. Scroll down to the last menu option but don't select it; in English, this is the "Reset All Settings" option.
    3. Scroll up to the third menu item from the bottom one. This should be Language.
    4. Press the Center button to select Language.
    5. Select your preferred language from the list.

If the instructions above don't enable you to change the language on your iPod, try using the "Reset All Settings" option at the bottom of the Settings menu. If the Reset All Settings option does not work, you can restore your iPod back to factory condition and reselect the display language.

Additional Information

Restoring your iPod will erase all information and return it to factory condition.

Last Modified: Dec 5, 2011
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