Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge – How to Change Language
In most cases, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone comes with English as the default language. However, you may have to switch languages if you received your phone as a gift from someone abroad.
There’s not a lot you can do with the language settings on a Galaxy S6, but here are the basics.
Changing the Main Language
There are two reasons to change the language on your smartphone. You either want something you can understand and feel comfortable with or you want to practice your second language skills. Either way, the Galaxy S6 has support for a staggering number of languages.
Here’s how you can change the language from English to something else and back:
- Go to Apps
- Tap Settings
- Scroll down, find and select General Management
- Tap on “Language and Input”
- Tap Add Language
This lets you add a new language to the list. It may take a few seconds. Note that you can also immediately set the new language as the phone’s default language. Or, you can just add it to the list and change it at a later time.
How to Change a Language if You Can’t Recognize the Words and Symbols
Changing your friend’s phone language settings is a “classic” prank. It’s funny to see them try to remember all the right shortcuts. But what if it happens to you?
Here’s how you get to the language settings without understanding the language:
- Swipe down on the notification bar
- Press the Settings icon (gear icon) in the top right corner
- Scroll down until you locate an orange icon with the letter A in a square
- Tap the A icon
- Tap the first option in the new panel
- Select a new language
What Does Changing the Language Affect?
When you change the language on your phone, not everything gets translated. You may notice that certain apps, such as Chrome, won’t have their names translated even when you switch to a different writing system.
But changing the language affects the Samsung keyboard. This means that you will also change the autocorrect options. However, if you’re using a third-party virtual keyboard, changing the phone’s main language won’t necessarily affect the keyboard app’s settings too.
Give the Gboard a Try
No matter what language you use on your Galaxy S6, you want to be able to type quickly and accurately. The predictive text algorithm from Samsung is not as good as most people would like.
Using a virtual keyboard like the Gboard app can help you send out texts faster and cut down on typing time. You can install Gboard from the Google Play store.
When it’s installed, you need to set it as your default keyboard option:
- Go to Apps
- Tap Settings
- Tap General Management
- Tap on Language and Input
- Select Default Keyboard
Gboard should appear on your list. Select it and you can begin using its superior predictive text and autocorrect functions. The Gboard app offers support for over 500 languages and 40 different writing systems.
A Final Word
Be wary of adding too many languages to the list if you’re not going to use them. Having an extensive language list can sometimes drain your phone’s RAM memory, more so than using a third-party virtual keyboard. This issue is present in all Android smartphones.