How to change the language in the Zoom conference

How to change the language in the Zoom conference

Zoom is one of the most streamlined and easy-to-use meeting apps. It works across platforms and allows for more than a few customizations. Of course, one of the first things you want to do is change the language to fit your business.

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This can be done with just a few clicks, and Zoom also allows you to switch between different languages. If there's a catch - you can't change the language in the Zoom mobile app from within the app itself. But don't worry, this article shows you how to get around this limitation.

Before you start

Let's assume you already have the app installed and have logged into the service. If not, you can change the language as soon as you activate your profile with a Zoom confirmation email.

You download the app to your smartphone or desktop computer, enter your credentials and click the link in the email to your profile. On your 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 in Zoom. And if you prefer to use Zoom via a computer application, be sure to update your system before installing the application.

Changing the language in a computer application

For the purpose of this article, Alphr tested these steps on macOS, but similar steps apply to Windows and other operating systems. Therefore, you will have no difficulty changing the language using this guide.

Step 1

Navigate to the Zoom application icon on your computer and right-click the application to display a pop-up window.

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Step 2

Hover your cursor over "Toggle language" to view all available languages of the application.

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Step 2

Click the language you want to use, and the application will restart to update the settings in that language.

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A note: Currently, Zoom supports the following languages:

  1. English
  2. Japanese
  3. Spanish
  4. French
  5. Chinese (traditional and simplified)
  6. Korean
  7. Portuguese
  8. Russian
  9. German

Changing the language of Zoom using the browser

The browser method is simple and requires no more action than the previous one. In addition, it's a useful trick to overcome the fact that you can't change the language using the mobile app. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1

If you have logged in through your browser, click "My Account" in the upper right corner of the screen. Otherwise, select "Login" when searching for zoom.us, enter your credentials, and then go to your profile.

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As a side note, Zoom allows you to quickly create a profile and sign in via Google or Facebook. This method does not include activation via confirmation email.

Step 2

Once in your profile, scroll down a bit and click "Edit" to the right of the Language option. Here you can also preview your current language.

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Step 3

Select your preferred language from the drop-down list and confirm your choice.

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A note: Your changes should automatically sync across all your devices. If not, restart the app or log out and log back in. This is useful if you did not update your system before installing Zoom.

How to change Zoom's language in the mobile app

The Zoom app recognizes the language of your smartphone and uses it as the default. To change the app's language without accessing the Zoom profile, you must change your smartphone's language.

iOS

Start Settings, swipe down to General and tap it for more options. Select "Language and region," tap "Add language" and choose one from the list.

You need to set this language as the most preferred one in the "Preferred order of languages" list. Now restart the Zoom application and make sure the changes have been made.

Android

Go to Settings, select System and tap "Language and input." Then select "Language and region" and tap "Add language."

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At this time, also select the region and hold down the two horizontal lines to move the selected language to the top. Depending on the Android device you are using, the content and location of the menu may vary.

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But the language settings are the same, so you should have no difficulty switching to this guide. If the drawback is that the whole system is now in a different language.

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Zoom Linguistic Interpretation

The really cool thing is that Zoom allows you to bring in an interpreter to help with meetings and webinars. This option is available in these Zoom plans:

  1. Webinar addendum
  2. Education
  3. Company
  4. Business

To enable translation, log in to Zooma through the web portal and follow the path provided:

Settings > Language translation (under Advanced meeting) > Meetings > Schedule new meeting

Now select "Generate automatically" and click the box in front of "Enable language interpretation." Enter your interpreter credentials and click "Save" when you're done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Zoom offer a language translation feature?

While there is no function that will translate speech for you, Zoom makes it easy to attach an interpreter to a conversation. The meeting creator can designate one or more participants as translators. This will give these people the ability to talk on the same line, providing a direct and uninterrupted line of communication with those who need translation.

If you use this feature, you will not be able to record the interpreter's audio or use a personal meeting ID. To invite an interpreter, you must use the option to generate a meeting ID.

I accidentally switched the language on Zoom, how can I undo it?

If you've ever accidentally changed your app's language to Mandarin when you only speak English, it may seem too overwhelming to fix. Fortunately, you can reverse the steps above to regain your native language and continue by following the locale of each setting.

However, the fastest and easiest way to get your native language back is to simply uninstall the app and reinstall it. This will give you the option to select the language you want to display on the front page. Problem solved.

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In addition to the options given, Zoom supports multiple languages for international phone numbers. When you enter such meetings, the other user is supported by Zoom in the native language of the country you are calling.

What things would you like to improve with Zoom? Have you used another similar app before? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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