Managing languages

Add new languages to your online store

Before you begin, make sure your store meets the requirements for selling in multiple languages.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Languages.

  2. In Translated languages, click Add Language.

  3. Choose a language from the drop-down menu, then click Add.

  4. Follow the steps to import your translated content into Shopify.

  5. Alternatively, click Visit Shopify App Store and follow the steps to install a translation app to your store.

  6. Follow the steps in the app to translate your online store's content and publish new languages.

  7. Click Preview to view different languages in your online store. You can preview both published and unpublished languages.

Publish a language to your online store

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Languages.

  2. In Translated languages, click Publish beside the language that you want to make available to customers in your store.

  3. Click Save.

Manage languages for markets

By default, each new Market that you create uses your store's default language.

You need to assign newly published languages to a Market before they become visible to visitors on your online store. You can't add unpublished languages to a Market.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Markets.

  2. Click Manage beside the market that you want to update.

  3. Click Domains and languages.

  4. In the Languages section, select the checkbox for each language that you want to enable.

  5. Click Save.

Unpublish a language in your online store

You can also unpublish a language, which hides the language from customers. Any links to the store in that particular language result in a 404 “Page not found” error, so create redirects for any of your unpublished languages.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Languages.

  2. In Translated languages, click Unpublish beside the language that you want to make unavailable.

  3. Click Save.

By unpublishing a language, you also remove that language from any Markets that it was added to.

Delete a language in your online store

If you're confident that you don't need translations in that language, then you can also delete the language. Deleting a language also deletes all translations of that language permanently. If a language is re-enabled in the future, then the translations need to be added again.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Settings > Languages.

  2. In Translated languages, click the delete icon beside the unpublished language that you want to remove from your store.

  3. Click Delete.

By deleting a language, you also remove that language from any Markets that it was added to.

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