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Back to English with TomTom


So you’ve got that brand new shiny TomTom, turned it on, and …. OOPS! … somehow you’ve selected the wrong language. Suddenly the entire interface is (literally) in some foreign language and you can’t figure out how to get back to English. This has happened to quite a few people recently, so here is a short tutorial on how to get back to US English.

TomTom Main MenuIf the device is currently turned on and you are anywhere but the primary map/driving view, it might be helpful to turn the device off. Then you can turn it back on to get yourself to the map/driving view. Now click anywhere on the map to take you to the Main Menu. Depending on the language you picked and your device, it should look something like the image on the right. Click on the wrench icon (highlighted in red here) which will take you to the ‘Change Preferences’ menu.

TomTom Change LanguageNow that you are in the Change Preferences menu, keep tapping on the right arrow button to cycle through the menu until you see an icon with three flags on it. That is the ‘Change Language’ button. Click on that button to bring up a list of the languages installed on your device.

TomTom English USUse the arrow keys up and down to find your language, likely ‘English US’ for most readers of this site. A dialog will appear asking “English US?” at which point you will say ‘Yes’. Presto, change-o, you are back in business!

28 Responses

  1. After picking the country, which side is “yes” going to be on? We won’t always recognize “Yes” in the language being used.

    JeepLover - February 5th, 2008
  2. After picking the country, the Yes/No will be displayed in the new language you just selected, so you should recognize it. 😉

    However if you get to that point and have picked the wrong language again, Red = No and Green = Yes.

    Tim - February 6th, 2008
  3. Hey thanks so much for this article, I chose french thinking I could understand but I couldn’t and my mom was going to KILL me if I didnt get the language changed! Thanks great

    Nelly - December 25th, 2008
  4. thanks dude u saved my life…it was fathers day and my mom would have killed me if i didn’t get the language changed back..i accidentally choose African..thank you so much

    robert - June 21st, 2009
  5. What a life saver this site is, I had problems with the speed cameras on the satnav so I thought I would press the back to factory settings when this was done I could not even reconise the language it had changed everything. Many Thanks

    NORMAN - September 9th, 2009
  6. Thanks soo much! haha my sister bought this gps system, and I thought I could help by getting the language to english u.s.!! Turns out I accidentally picked turkey! We ended up learning geri means back! lol

    Valerie - November 29th, 2009
  7. Thank you so much. What a lifesaver. I have NO idea what language it was in!

    Susie - November 30th, 2009
  8. I bought a TomTom and used it to tour the US. It was great and on our return to NZ I have tried to buy the NZ maps for our device. I went through the procedure on the website and successfully paid TomTom 60 pounds for a download. But then I tried to upload it onto my device (TomTom IQ) and it told me I can’t

    There is no way that I can find to write to TomTom. Can anyone help me make the map I bought work on the device or get my 60 pounds back or get in touch with TomTom so they can help.

    Owen Sharpe - December 3rd, 2009
  9. I received this as a Christmas gift from my husband who thought he knew how to set it up but couldnt. I had to use google translate to try and figure out what the Afrikaan language was telling me. After figuring out what everything was..I stumbled upon this site….thanks so much because TOM TOM didnt have this info in the manual nor did they have it on their site. This site was like Christmas to me!!!!!! Thanks so much

    NIcole - December 27th, 2009
  10. am…………i am still trying to figure it out. it’s not showing me the wrench icon anywhere and i have clicked everything.

    Roxanne - December 29th, 2009
    • okay, i got it. i finally figured it out. thanks guys

      Roxanne - December 29th, 2009
  11. THANK YOU!!!!! YOU SAVED ME ON THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was stuck in Polish and got back to English right after looking at your step by step! THANKS!

    Anitra - February 20th, 2010
  12. A big thank you for the clear step by step advice. I connected my tom-tom to my laptop and in a few seconds the tomtom only spoke Polish! Which I can’t. Fixed in few seconds though following your advice.

    Graham Fitchett - March 15th, 2010
  13. Many thanks for the help!! I really need it!! this site is great!!.

    Nidia - June 1st, 2010
  14. During the setting up (of my new tomtom GO 630) I accidentally
    click another language on the step before Agree. I observed and I didn’t click Agree.
    What can I do?

    Ion - July 10th, 2010
  15. I did have a hard time switching back to English language display but for this site. My buddy at work got the direction from here. Very helpful.

    Chukky - July 26th, 2010
  16. First of all, thanks for helping me feel better about making this goof. I was really feeling dumb. Then I read your very clear instructions and easily reset my Tom Tom from Arabic(?) to good ol’ US English. What a relief!

    Molly - November 18th, 2010
  17. Thank you so much youre a life saver!

    YoYo - January 4th, 2011
  18. I was about to throw out my device but decided to Google my question. I came across your solution and it worked! I had tried to reset my device for a whole day (well, almost). Thanks for your help

    Ehale - January 21st, 2011
  19. Mine starts on the roadway bridge, then goes to Swedish or Danish. I ‘googled’ the words and it says ‘no maps available.’ Tried to reset with on/off button. Downloaded program from Tomtom site. Nothing helps.

    PAMELA - February 6th, 2011
  20. thanks im back to english everything works great now thanksfor the help great site

    john - February 23rd, 2011
  21. I am so glad you guys made this page!!! I borrowed a GPS from my mom and somehow–I’m guessing when I placed it in my purse–the device was in another language! I think Russian. I tried several things but couldn’t get it back! Then I found your page. Thank you sooooo much!

    Daniela - March 13th, 2011

    DEEQ - March 24th, 2011

    CAROLYN - May 7th, 2011
  24. thanks for your help youre awesomeTOMTOM.

    arsenia - September 10th, 2011
  25. Thank you Tom Tom Your awesome .I am so glad you guys made this page!!! you saved my butt and my job 🙂

    Adel - October 10th, 2011
  26. I just got a TomTom XXl . I couldn’t find the wrench icon or three flags..this is crazy and manual doesn’t have any instructions. I s there any other icon for TOmTom XXL ??.Thanks

    Laila - October 26th, 2011
  27. This page is wonderful! I loaned my GPS to my brother for the first time, and he ended up changing the language to German. The worst thing, he did not know how he did it.
    Thanks to your step by step instructions I was able to get my device to show the US English.
    Happy Holidays!

    Socorro - December 31st, 2011

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