How to use WhatsApp in local Indian languages?

WhatsApp has been one of the most popular Instant Messengers you would vouch for. In fact, after being acquired by Facebook, the messenger platform has been receiving several updates enhancing its functionality. Sensing the wider Indian user base, the app has now been made available in several local Indian languages. How to use these languages on WhatsApp? Lets us find out how.

WhatsApp has indeed become the messaging platform par excellence. The 200 million strong user base speaks in itself about the popularity of the platform. And yes, we are talking about the Indian user base when we shared that number. Now, these 200 million people speak multiple languages and most of them may not be comfortable with English as such. Not to worry! WhatsApp treats India as the most powerful market and that is precisely why it supports a host of Indian local languages. How to use WhatsApp in local Indian languages? Let us find out in the following paragraphs.

How to use WhatsApp in local Indian languages?

WhatsApp supports ten Indian languages as of now. The languages supported include Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, and Malayalam. You can use your WhatsApp installation for accessing its features in these multiple languages.
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There are two ways you can do it. You may either change the language from app settings itself or choose to change the device language so that your WhatsApp installation can follow it. We will explain both these methods one by one.

Change WhatsApp language within the app settings

As we said before, WhatsApp supports 10 Indian languages, though we expect more of them getting added soon. Follow the steps here below to change the app language to suit your preferences.
change whatsapp language
  • Launch WhatsApp
  • Tap on the Menu button. You should find it at top right corner in the form of three dots.
  • Tap on Settings.
  • Tap on Chat
  • Now tap on App Language.
  • You should now find the list of languages supported. Tap on your preferred language.
That should do it. Next time you launch WhatsApp, the app will launch in your preferred language.
Please note that the list of languages available to you will be dependent upon the language capabilities of your phone.

Change WhatsApp language through Device Language Settings

WhatsApp can follow the device language. If the device language is set to Marathi, WhatsApp will automatically be configured to run in Marathi. You can make use of this fact to change the WhatsApp language on your device.
Change device language
Here are the steps involved -
  • Launch Settings on your Android.
  • Tap on Languages and Input
  • Tap on Languages
  • Choose the language of your preference. Ypu may need to tap on Add Language and choose your preferred language.
  • Exit Settings
That's all you need to do. Please note that the languages available would be dependent upon your device. Also the settings as featured above will be dependent upon the device model, Android version and manufacturer customisation as well.
If you are on iOS, you may follow the steps below -
  • Launch Settings app.
  • Tap General
  • Locate and tap on Language and Region
  • Choose iPhone Language
  • Choose the language you want.
  • Exit Settings
You have successfully changed the device language and in turn WhatsApp language.
Please note that this method would change the device language in its entirety to the chosen default language. All your apps and other actions would be in the chosen language.

In Conclusion

Wasn't that a great option that you can use WhatsApp in your local language? In fact, this would be helpful in enjoying a personalized experience. How would you rate your experience of dealing with this awesome change that provides you a native kind of feeling? Do share your thoughts and with us.

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