1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    I can access Settings but all options are in Chinese characters. Anyone out there advise which option I should select and once selected what I need to do?
    08-22-2015 08:16 PM
  2. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Did you get your phone from a friend or did you buy it? In my experience, the very first step in setting up a new phone is to choose a language. If you just powered up your device out of the box, just press on the box that shows the selected language's character or font type. It should present you with a list of languages from which to choose. If you were given the phone and it has already been completely set up in a different language, then you can either use the Translator App's camera option from another Windows (or equivalent) device or search YouTube for how to reset a Lumia 640/640XL and follow along with a video.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  3. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Did you get your phone from a friend or did you buy it? In my experience, the very first step in setting up a new phone is to choose a language. If you just powered up your device out of the box, just press on the box that shows the selected language's character or font type. It should present you with a list of languages from which to choose. If you were given the phone and it has already been completely set up in a different language, then you can either use the Translator App's camera option from another Windows (or equivalent) device or search YouTube for how to reset a Lumia 640/640XL and follow along with a video.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    08-22-2015 08:25 PM
  4. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    Ha, interesting. when I upgraded my 640XL, international version, to w10mobile 512 it booted in Chinese as well ;)

    When I first got the phone what worked was to pop in my ATT Sim card and rebooted. The phone then started in English and rebooted again to set English as default.

    Not so with the upgrade to W10. I touched my way around to finally find the language settings.

    - Once phone is booted, swipe from bottom down to get the 4 or 5 action items. The one to the very right is All Settings (or bottom right when you have expanded, it's the gear icon).
    Tap that.

    - Then you tap the Settings menu with the clock and letter A in it, which is 6th one from top.

    - Then you tap the second from top. You'll see Chinese in Chinese, tap the line with the + sign to add more languages.

    - Now you should see a list with the language you want. You cannot remove the Chinese yet, but you will be after reboot.

    - Under the line with the + sign is "restart phone" which may still be in chinese. Tap that and your phone should restart with the correct language.

    good luck


    and here for WP 8.1, update 2, sorry, not sure why I assumed you got W10 as well ;)

    - swipe from top down, bottom right should be the gear for Settings

    - go to the 5th section, tap the second line under that, which is language

    - tap the + sign at top, pick your language
    it will ask you to download language features possibly, yes is left button, no is right button

    - tap the rectangular box with text under the line with the + sign to restart the phone

    your phone should start in English
    Last edited by Derausgewanderte; 08-22-2015 at 09:05 PM.
    08-22-2015 08:54 PM
  5. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Just had this happen to me so this is definitely helpful
    09-05-2015 08:42 AM
  6. 001TlBanner's Avatar
    Thank you sooo much for the help. I was driving myself crazy trying to figure it out. I got all the way to the settings and could not figure out how to reboot it with the correct language. You are a Rock Star!
    03-25-2016 09:29 AM
  7. Harisshaik's Avatar
    Say me what to do to change in english
    12-11-2017 10:34 AM

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-27-2016, 11:57 AM
  2. (my round pro) golf tile
    By gbafam in forum Microsoft Band & Band 2
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-06-2015, 12:26 PM
  3. How can I sideload Google Play on WP10?
    By j_redd in forum Windows 10 Mobile
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-25-2015, 12:00 AM
  4. Will there be a new lumia 1020 coming out soon?
    By AaLF in forum General Phone Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-24-2015, 03:29 AM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-22-2015, 07:05 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD