You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

iOS lets users change their language and region, in case you decide to move away to a different country, or if you’d like to simply change the date format.

Follow along to learn how….

iPhone & iPad: How to change language and region

  1. Fire up Settings > General > Language & Region.
  2. From here you can tap into Region and select your desired region. For language, simply tap Add Language… and select the language you’d like to add. Note that the language on the top of the list will be the first used by apps and website if supported.

While many will likely keep the region and language as default, there’s one major reason to change your region and that’s to change the date format on iOS. Currently, iOS ties date formate and currency symbols to the specific region you choose, unlike 24-hour time. So, if you prefer to have DD/MM/YYYY or YYYY/DD/MM, you’ll likely have to change the region to get what you’re wanting.

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:


Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.