How to Change My iPod Menu to English

By Maxwell Payne

iPods feature the ability to set the on screen menus and text display to appear in over a dozen languages. If you have accidentally changed the language setting, you can switch back to English in a few clicks. You need not know the other languages to navigate through the menu to the iPod's language settings.

iPods with Click Wheels

Step 1

Turn on the iPod and press the "Menu" button on the click wheel until you are back on the main menu. (You will know that you are at the main menu when you can not click through to any more previous menus.)

Step 2

Scroll down to the "Settings" option on the main menu screen. (If it is set to a language you can not read, scroll down the the 6th menu option on iPods that play video. For iPods that lack video capability, scroll down to the 5th menu option. For basic iPods that only play audio and lack photo or video content, scroll down to the 4th menu option.)

Step 3

Click the center button in the middle of the click wheel once to enter the Settings menu.

Step 4

Scroll down to the "Language" option. On most iPods this will be the 15th option on the list (second from the bottom). Click the center button once to enter the language option.

Scroll to "English," which in some cases will be the first option, and click the center button when "English" is highlighted. The language setting will change and all menu options will be converted to English.

iPod Touch

Step 1

Click on the "Settings" icon on the main screen. (The icon has images of gears pictured on it.)

Step 2

Scroll down and select "General" from the list that appears. (The "General" icon is also an image of gears.)

Step 3

Select the "International" option on the next screen. This option is usually the last option on the list in the second batch. You will see three highlighted sections of options; the middle section of choices is the longest.

Select the first option on the next screen for "Language." Choose "English" from the list and click the small blue button at the top right of the screen.