How to Change the Language on a Samsung TV

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As a technology company, Samsung is one of the most sought after TV brands. With their high quality televisions and sleek design, they are a popular choice in American households.

One thing that sets them apart from other brands is that they allow you to customize anything you want, from colors to the font used for on-screen text.

And the best part? You can change the language used in the on-screen menu from the default language to any other language you are comfortable with. For example, you can switch from English to German if your German friends come to visit you.



Whether your default setting was changed by accident or because of a long-distance battle with your kids, you can easily change the language and lock in text you understand.

In this article, we will walk you through the steps to change the language on your Samsung TV.

How to Change the Language on a Samsung TV

Whether your new Samsung TV is available in a language you don't speak or your kids accidentally pressed some buttons and messed things up, don't worry. You can easily change the language of your Samsung TV and easily navigate the menus.

That said, the method you use depends on your TV model.

Let's see the steps you need for different models.

2022 and newer models

Here's how to change your TV's menu language if you have a model produced in 2022 or later:

  1. Press "Home" on your TV remote.
  2. Select "Settings" from the on-screen menu. This should open a new menu where you can adjust various settings on your TV, including picture quality, sound, and language.
  3. Select “General”.
  4. Select "System Manager".
  5. Click on “Language”. This should open a drop-down menu with different languages.
  6. Use the up and down arrows to scroll through the list and select the desired language.

2016 models

For models produced in 2016 (K range), here is how to change the menu language:



  1. Press "Settings" on your remote.
  2. Select "System" from the on-screen menu.
  3. Open "Expert Settings".
  4. Click on “Language”.
  5. Scroll the list to select your preferred language.

2015 models

If your TV is L or J range, here is how you can change the menu language:

  1. Press "Home" on your TV remote.
  2. Select "System".
  3. Click on "Menu language".
  4. Select the desired language from the drop-down submenu.

2014 and earlier models

If you have an old Samsung TV produced in 2014 or earlier (H or HU range), here is how to set the menu language:

  1. Press "Menu" on your TV's remote.
  2. Select the "System" icon from the context menu.
  3. Click on "Menu language".
  4. Scroll through the list and select the desired language.

If you are unsure of your TV model, you can find it by looking at the back of your TV. Alternatively, you can find it in your TV's settings menu. Do this:

  1. Access the settings menu using your remote.
  2. Click on “Support”.
  3. Select "About this TV". You should see the model number or code displayed on the pop-up screen.

Change grayed out language on Samsung TV

Sometimes when trying to change the language on Samsung TVs, the language setting may be greyed out which makes it impossible to switch to a new language. This is a relatively common problem, especially with older models.



If you find yourself in this situation, you have two options. First, try closing all apps running in the background. This is because some apps are known to temporarily block certain menus.

If that doesn't work, a factory reset might fix the problem.

How to change keyboard language

Samsung Smart TVs come with keyboard support to help you control your TV from the comfort of your couch. With it, you can adjust volume, picture resolution, search for apps, and even turn off your TV. You can also use it to browse the web or post updates to your social media handles.

But to do any of these things, your keyboard settings need to be in a language you're comfortable with, because each language comes with its own keyboard layout.

With your TV's keyboard language set to English, for example, you cannot type the heavily used umlaut vowels (ä, ö, ü) in the German language. Your Samsung keyboard language must be set to "German" to use them.


Here's how to change the language of your Samsung Smart TV keyboard:

  1. Press "Home" on your TV remote.
  2. Select “Settings”.
  3. Select “General” then click on “External Device Manager”.
  4. Select "Input Device Manager" and click "Keyboard Settings".
  5. Click on "Keyboard language". This should open a list of all supported languages ​​where you can select the one you prefer.

How to Change the Language in Netflix on a Samsung TV

Samsung's integration with Netflix means you don't need a PC or mobile device to stream your favorite shows or movies. However, changing your TV's language through the settings section only changes the text used in your TV's menus. This does not change the language used on the Netflix app.


To change the text used on the Netflix app, you need to open the app itself and change its language settings.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Launch the Netflix app on your TV.
  2. Select the Netflix profile you are interested in.
  3. Go to the "Account" section and scroll down to "Profile and Parental Controls".
  4. Select the profile for which you want to change the menu language.
  5. In the “Language” section, click on the drop-down menu.
  6. Click on the "Edit" button next to "Language".
  7. Choose your preferred language from the list by clicking on it.
  8. Click on the "Save" button.

How to Change Language in YouTube on Samsung TV

A Samsung Smart TV works much like a computer, as you can stream movies and music from YouTube. But like with Netflix, you can't change the text used on YouTube just by changing your TV settings. You can only do this from the YouTube app.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open the YouTube app and go to "Settings".
  2. Scroll down to "Language and location".
  3. Click on “Language”.
  4. Click on "Change", then select your preferred language from the drop-down list.
  5. Click "Confirm Change" to save your new settings.

Navigate all menus like a pro

If your TV's settings menu is displayed in a language you don't recognize, don't worry. You can switch to your preferred language in just a few steps. This will allow you to change other settings of your TV and have a more enjoyable experience.

The good thing about Samsung TVs is that regardless of the language used, the order of the items that make up the menu does not change. For example, suppose "System Manager" appears as the first option in the "Settings" menu when you have set English as the default language. In this case, it will always be the first option in this menu when using German as the default language.

This means that even if you change the menu language by mistake, you can comfortably navigate the menus and switch back to the language of your choice.

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