How do I change the language on my Macbook Air in recovery mode?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

To change the language on your Macbook Air in recovery mode, follow these steps:

1. Start by turning on your Macbook Air and immediately press and hold the Command (⌘) and R keys on your keyboard. This will boot your Mac into recovery mode.

2. Once in recovery mode, you will see the macOS Utilities window. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on the “Utilities” option and then select “Terminal.” Terminal can be identified by its icon, which is a small rectangle with a prompt in it.

3. After Terminal launches, you will be presented with a command prompt. Type the following command:

Sudo languagesetup

Press the Return key on your keyboard to execute the command.

4. You will be prompted to enter your administrator password. Type your password (you won’t see the characters as you type) and press Return. Note that you need to have administrative privileges to make changes in recovery mode.

5. Once you have entered the password, a language selection menu will appear. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through the available languages. As you highlight a language, the corresponding language name will be displayed.

6. When you have selected the desired language, press the Return key to confirm your selection.

7. The language change will take effect, and you will see a message indicating that the language setup was successful.

It’s worth mentioning that changing the language in recovery mode will only affect the language used in the recovery environment. Once you boot back into your regular macOS installation, the language settings will revert to what you had previously set.

If you encounter any issues or are unable to change the language using the above steps, it’s recommended to reach out to Apple Support or consult the official documentation for further assistance.

Note: This answer assumes that you are using a Macbook Air with macOS installed. The steps may vary slightly depending on the version of macOS you are running, but the overall process should remain similar.