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How to Change Your Language in League of Legends

Guides 06-10-2023 13:58

Were you aware that you can adjust the language settings in League of Legends? Here are some easy-to-follow steps to enhance your gameplay experience by selecting your desired language. 

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We show you how to change your LoL language © Riot Games

If you accidentally selected the wrong language when first installing League of Legends or simply think it is time to spice things up by playing LoL in a completely new language, we are here to help you along the way.

The process of changing the language is pretty simple, but the settings can be quite hard to find if you don’t know where to look. This is why we are here to show you everything you need to know to change your LoL Language.

League of Legends: This Is How to Change Your Language

Riot offers two different possibilities for changing the language in their game. Either you can change the Riot client’s language, or you can change the in-game language.

How to Change your Riot Client Language

Changing your Riot Client’s language won’t do much for your in-game experience, but it can help you navigate yourself in the client. Riot offers various languages for the client. Here are some of the options you can choose from:

  • English (GB/US)
  • Spanish (ES/LATAM)
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • And many others.

Here are the steps to follow to change your Riot Client Language:

  1. First, open the Riot Client (do not log in).
  2. Click the little person in the top right corner and select the option “settings.”
  3. Choose your wanted language under “Riot Client Language.”
Client Language
This is where to change your client’s language | © Riot Games

And with the final step done, the client’s language should be changed.

How to Change Your League of Legends Language

If you aren’t only looking for a way to change the Riot Client language but rather the language in-game, Riot offers another simple option:

  1. First, open the Riot Client (do not log in).
  2. Click the little person in the top right corner and select the option “settings”.
  3. Press “League of Legends” on the left side.
  4. Select preferred language.
  5. Press the “Repair”-Button.

Once you have finished step five, you can log into the game and see the new language on the League of Legends home page and in-game. The languages available for you varies depending on the region you are playing in.

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This is where to change your in-game language | © Riot Games

The languages available in EUW are:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

If you want to play in a language that isn’t available in your region, we have another solution for you.

How To Change To A Language Not Available In Your Region?

If the language you want to play in is unavailable to your client but you still want to change it, here are some steps to follow. It is important to note that this way of changing your language is not officially supported by Riot and requires you to tamper with your League of Legends files. This means it is not foolproof, and you must know what you are doing before getting started.

Step 1: Log in to Your Client 

Log in to your Riot Client like you usually would when starting to play the game.

Step 2: Close the Client

Close the client without signing out. 

Step 3: Go into your League League of Legends/Config Folder

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Your Config Folder should be stored in Riot Games > League of Legends

Step 4: Open your LeagueClientSettings.yaml File in a Text Editor

Once you are into the config folder, a Yaml Source File with the name “LeagueClientSettings” should appear. Right-click on the file, and press “Open with.” Then, choose your preferred text editor.

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Step 5: Replace the Text in the Locale Line With the Corresponding Language Value belonging to Your Preferred Language.

The table below shows a list of all the locales available for the different languages. You want to locate the line starting with “locale:” and replace it with the locale fitting to your language. In the table below, you can find all the different locals available. 

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Local line in LeagueClientSettings.yaml

Step 6: Save the Changes in Your Text Editor

Once you have changed the locale to fit your preferred language, make sure to save it before closing the text editor. 

Step 7: Go Back to Your League Of Legends Executable App and Create a Desktop Shortcut

Once you have located your League of Legends executable app, right-click on the icon and select “Send to”> “Desktop (create shortcut).”

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Step 8: Right Click on the Newly Created Shortcut and Select “Properties”

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Right-Click and select “Properties.”

Step 9: Change “Target” Language Code

Once you are in the LoL Surtcut’s Properties, go to the text box named “Target:” and change your Language code (“locale=xxxx”) to fit your corresponding language locale. If there is no language code available, you can add it by typing “-locale=xxxx” without quotation marks. “xxxx” acts as a placeholder here, and you should replace it with your wanted language’s locale code (check the table below). In our example, we have set the language to Chinese by typing “-locale=zh_CN.” 

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LoL Shortcut Properties

Step 10: Apply changes

Once step 9 is done, you want to make sure to click “Apply Changes” for your changes to be added to the game. 

Step 11: Open LoL through your newly added Shortcut

With the new changes applied, you should be able to enjoy League of Legends in your new preferred language. Make sure to open LoL from the newly added shortcut and not from the original LoL application.

League of Legends Locales 

English Australian


English Great Britanen_GB
English USAen_US
French fr_FR
German de_DE
Greek el_GR
Portuguese pt_BR


Spanish Latin Americaes_MX
Spanish Spaines_ES


Riot Announces Easier Way to Change Language

During the somewhat failed start to Season 13, Riot did make one nice announcement, which was related to the upcoming way to change language in League of Legends. They will be working on the client to enable players to have any language they want available. 

When this feature will be ready was not announced, but we could expect it later in 2023. Then you won't need to follow all those complicated steps above anymore. 

Are you curious about other things that can be done in League of Legends? Check these articles out: 

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It doesnt work. Riot you have languages and sounds for character. Why you are blocking to change language ???


it is outdated. Check this video: this shows the right way. Thanks to the previous guy who shared the link.


thank you so freaking much. this helped a lot. i changed mine by going through the game's files and it worked thank you


here best option how to change language, instead of "-locale" we use "--locale"