How to get Google Search results in a different language
When you run searches on Google Search, results are returned based on your location and not necessarily on the query or language you used to type the search phrase.
If you are in Germany and search for Windows 10 Privacy, you get a mishmash of local German results and international English results. Some queries return only German results with no apparent way of changing that.
Setting search results to the region works well in most cases. If you are a Japanese citizen in Japan, you probably want regional results and not Chinese, Korean or English results.
But what if you are an English visitor in Japan who does not speak Japanese? Or a French programmer who wants to look something up in English and not French?
You could believe for a moment that writing a query in a different language should return results in that language but that is not the case usually.
You may also get suggestions in the local language and not the language you start to type, or a mishmash of suggestions instead.
You could use workarounds previously to resolve the issue. You could go to google.com instead, for instance, to run searches. While you may still do so, doing so has no effect on the language results are returned in.
What about the No Country Redirect (google.com/ncr) option? It appears to work; all it does is keep users on google.com but Google may still use the location of the user to return search results.
Another trick that worked in the past was to use the address http://www.google.com/webhp to avoid being redirected automatically.
So, what can you do about it? Google itself offers one solution only: change the default language to the desired language to get results in that language instead.
- Load the Language Preferences URL on Google: https://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en&fg=1#languages
- If you switch the Google product language to the desired language, Google products and search results are returned in that language automatically.
- You can also edit the "search results" language directly without changing the language that Google products use.
If you are signed in to a Google account, preferences carry over to any device that you sign in using the account. If you are not signed in, settings are saved only locally which means that you have to repeat the process for other devices and other programs on the same device, as well.
You may use the following alternatives to resolve the issue as well:
- Use a VPN to change your location. This may not be super-practical depending on your search activity, but it may work for users who want results in a different language. It will also improve security and privacy if you are connected to a public Wifi or Wifi you don't have full control over.
- Use a different search engine. Use a search engine like Startpage or DuckDuckGo to run your searches. Startpage uses Google as one of its sources to populate results.
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