How to change the language on an Apple Watch, and make it differ from the language on your paired iPhone

  • You can change the language on your Apple Watch using the Language & Region settings of the Watch app to make it display a different language than your paired iPhone.
  • Your Apple Watch is designed to “mirror” the language used on your iPhone, so by default it’ll use whichever language is set on that device, but you can make the two devices differ.
  • Once you add languages to the watch, you can switch among them by changing the Preferred Language Order. 
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Your Apple Watch automatically uses the same display language as your iPhone, so if you want to keep the two devices in sync – both using the same language – you should change the language on your phone, and the change will apply to your watch as well. 

To change the language on your iPhone, see our article, “How to change the language on your iPhone, and separately change the language that Siri speaks and understands.”

However, you can also change your setting so that your iPhone and Apple Watch display a different language. 

Here’s how to make the change. 

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How to change the language on an Apple Watch 

1. Start the Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Tap “General.”

Apple Watch language settings

You can change the language used by your Apple Watch in the Watch app.
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3. Tap “Language & Region.”

4. Tap “Custom.” You should see “new option” appear on the page.

Apple Watch language settings

When you stop mirroring the language on your iPhone, you’ll see options to change the watch language.
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 5. Tap “Watch Language.” On the Watch Language page, tap the language you want to switch to. 

6. In the pop-up, tap to confirm you want to change to the selected language. Your watch will take a few minutes to update to the new language. 

After you add a watch language, it’ll appear in the section called Preferred Language Order. To change the language to one of the languages in this list, tap “Edit” at the top of the screen and drag the language you want to use to the top of the list. Or, to return to the same language as your phone, set the Language & Region back to “Mirror my iPhone.”

Apple Watch language settings

After the initial language setup, you can change languages by dragging the desired one to the top of the Preferred Language Order.
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