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Android N’s ‘Multi-Locale’ feature allows you to set multiple languages


During the Keynote event at Google I/O 2016, Google made some important announcements regarding Android N and a handful of new features such as built-in VR support. Along with the over 50 different new features that are being introduced to Android N, there’s a little bit smaller, but awesome feature that is being added: Multi-Locale.

Currently, Android already has the ability to change the main language on your device, but with this new feature, you will now be able to easily select and use multiple languages on a single device.

Once your languages have been set through the Settings panel, you applications will then automatically translate its contents in whichever language is set as the primary on your device. If the application does not support the primary language on your device, Multi-Locale will push the app to switch to the next language on the list.

If you’re already running the 3rd Developer Preview of Android N, you can test this feature out now. Here’s how you do enable it:

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Select ‘Languages and Input’
  3. Tap ‘Languages’
  4. Select which languages you want to be displayed on your device
  5. Rearrange the order in which your device and apps will translate the content.

Multi-locale is currently available in the Android N Developer Preview 3 and will be officially rolled out once Android N is released publicly later this year. In the meantime, catch up on all the great new features and odds and ends that have been announced at Google I/O 2016 here.


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