There are over 30 languages on iPhone that are already pre-installed. All what you have to do is enable
them by following the procedure in this page.
The versatility of the iPhone is one of its beautiful powers. You can
simply go to websites of different languages and display them correctly
without a problem, and without installing any additional software. As you can see below, Aljazeera Arabic website is displayed correctly without any additional settings using iPhone Safari or any iPhone browser.
Languages on iPhone can be changed in two areas, the keyboard language, and the system language.
The Keyboard Language changes the virtual
keyboard characters to the desired language on the
you have the ability to type in 2 or more
on the same
document, and being able to switch between the
The System Language changes
the system language on iPhone so that all pre-installed applications
like Photos, Maps, and Weather are
to the selected language.
Moreover, your Settings, system messages and errors will also be
translated to the selected language.
Select the desired keyboard language from the
available list by turning it on. In this
example, I added Arabic keyboard.
access this new keyboard anywhere in any text field by tapping the
button next to the space shown below by the red circle.
The example above shows iPhone Notes typing in both arabic and english . For Arabic typing the iPhone switches the typing direction from left to right automatically.
The System Language:
The other option of changing languages on iPhone is
the overall system language. This is accomplished by
selecting a language in Setting, General, and then International. Once
a language is selected, your
will restart, and the whole
will be changed to reflect that language.
Apple application like Notes, Weather, Stocks, and Maps
names and options will be changed. All system menus and error messages
will also be changed. In this example,
I switch the iPhone to Arabic system.
will restart, and the whole system will be
changed to Arabic as shown.
Even the Undo feature, system warnings and errors will
to Arabic. A very beautiful job from
You can follow this procedure to switch to any of the 30
available languages on the iPhone.
Switch Language back to English:
If you have switched your iPhone language to something other than english, you might find it difficult to switch it back to english since the system will be displaying another language.
This situation could happen if you accidentally switched the language on your iPhone to a language that you don't understand. Then all the text on your iPhone become a foreign language to you.
Here is a graphical way to return language back to english.
Tap the Settings Application which has an iPhone icon that looks like this.
Tap the Same iPhone icon again in the next menu, which should be in the same first page. Then move all the way to the bottom, and tap the third row from the bottom.
Then tap the first button, and you will see English in the list. Tap English and then tap the button at the top right to confirm. The iPhone will restart and will go back to English language.