Why is My TV in Spanish? Try These 10 Fixes

Why is My TV in Spanish

Sitting down to watch a movie, been strolling through netflix for what seems like hours and when you finally pick something, it’s in Spanish. As a matter of fact the entire TV is speaking Spanish, a language you’re not very familiar with.

Do you want to know why your TV is suddenly in Spanish and what needs to be done to fix it? Keep reading, as down below is some of the most logical reasons for hearing Spanish on all your channels and streaming services.

Not only will this article let you in on the secret of automatic language change, it’s going to share with you how to get your TV to speak English again.

Why is My TV in Spanish

1. Randomly Pressing Buttons on the Remote

Have your pets been found sitting on the remote lately? Kids been caught playing a calculator game with the remote control? The language settings can easily be accidentally reset when random buttons are pressed on the remote control.

Pressing random buttons on the remote causes actions to be completed without your knowledge. Play around in your TVs settings and find out what language setting was changed to get your TV back in English.

2. Pets

Pets are the best friends we didn’t know we needed, until they step on the remote and change the settings. Who knew a dog’s paws or backside could cause so much trouble.

If your dog has been using the remote as their own personal chew toy it’s possible they smashed down the correct patterns of buttons, causing the language settings to be reset to Spanish.

3. Kids

For the same reason a dog can wreak havoc, so can the children. All the love in the world wont stop your children from causing mayhem, and getting into things mamma told them not too.

Maybe it was the older one who wanted to learn some Spanish last Tuesday, or perhaps it was the baby playing remote control bingo. No matter how it happend at least this way you know nothing is wrong with your TV or remote, just the children’s sticky fingers.

4. Butt Pressing the Remote

Maybe it wasn’t the kids or the dog but your own butt that sat down on top of the remote. Sitting on the remote can cause you to accidentally squish buttons that change the settings on the television.

However unless your personal butt is the one doing the squishing, you’ll never really know if this is how the Spanish speaking TV started.

5. There’s a Bug

Sometimes the issue is a tech problem and changing the settings won’t do much good. A bug in your TV is the same concept of a bug in your computer or cell phone, it causes the operating system to malfunction and certain features to stop working.

Usually updating your firmware, or performing a factory reset on the system takes care of any glitches. Contacting the service provider or manufacturer of the TV is always an option, if nothing else seems to be working.

6. TV Provider is Having Issues

Speaking of the TV provider, the company itself could be the problem. If your TV provider is having connection issues or a bug in their firmware it may cause problems with the TVs functions and settings.

Generally the only way to solve this is by waiting it out and contacting the service provider to get an estimated time until the problem is resolved.

We don’t always have control over the technological glitches our electronics go through however, if you want to find out if other smart TV users are having the same troubles as you, you can troll some of the self-help websites these providers have to offer.

Websites filled with like-minded smart TV users sharing their smart TV glitches and quick fixes.

You’re bound to come across other users going through the same language setting problems you are, who knows maybe they have some insight to offer.

7. You Changed it by Accident Not Realizing What You Had Done

I am sure you’ve had your moments just like the rest of us where we plop down on the remote and never even realize it’s right there, underneath our butts.

The same problem with the kids squishing buttons and the pets using the remote for a chew toy is likely to happen if you’re sitting on the remote. Your butt will act like your fingers making setting changes left and right.

Before you even realize what’s happening your favorite movie starts playing in Spanish and you’re looking around, wondering where on Earth that remote could be!

How to Change Language on TV from Spanish to English

Now that we have figured out why the TV is speaking Spanish, it’s time to learn how to change it back to English. This is a pretty simple process that will work differently depending on the kind of television you own.

The process also works a little bit differently if it’s not your TV’s language settings but a specific streaming app that is set to Spanish.

You’ll see down below how to put your language settings from Spanish back to English in the following apps/TVs.

  • On Comcast Xfinity 
  • Change Language on Samsung TV
  • Change it on Your Set Top Box
  • For Digital Adaptors
  • For Armstrong Exp
  • For HBO NOW
  • For Netflix
  • Over the Air Channel on Roku

1. On Comcast Xfinity

If your network provider is with Xfinity Comcast changing your language settings can be done using the Xfinity Connect settings menu.

Each different type of TV or streaming device has its own specific way of adjusting language settings so these steps will only work with the Xfinity cable box. Xfinity only has two language settings options which are English and Canadian English.

Changing the settings is an easy task that shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes of your time. Comcast Customers should follow the steps below and get back to enjoying their favorite movies and television shows.

1. Using your remote, click the “Xfinity” button, a home menu should appear on the screen

2. Using the left or right arrow buttons to navigate to “Xfinity Connect” (it appears as a gear icon on the screen). Then tap OK on the remote control.

3. Under Comcast’s “Settings” menu using the remotes up and down arrow keys, highlight and select “Language”.

4. Using the remote’s down buttons, navigate to the “Menu Language” option and press Ok.

5. From this menu you can use the up and down arrows on the remote to select Spanish or English. Once a selection is highlighted press OK.

6. The options will ask you to confirm by selecting OK multiple times, once this is done your language settings should be set to your preference.

2. Change Language on Samsung TV

If your TV is the device acting out, changing the settings on its individual system could solve the issue.

To change the language settings on your Samsung television:

1. You will need to first access the “Home” screen on your smart TV. You can do this by pressing the house shaped button on your remote control.

2. The next step is to access the “Settings” screen and select “General Settings” from there (it should have a spanner icon next to it).

3. Once under the general settings menu select “System Manager”. Next, tap “Language” and then select the desired language you want your TV”s default to be.

3. Change it on Your Set Top Box

1. To change the language settings on your TV Sets Top Box you will need the remote control.

2. Once you have the remote go to the “User Settings” menu and select “Language Preferences”.

3. From this screen you can choose which language you would prefer your TV play its audio in.

4. For Your Adaptors

Some people use adaptors to stream their favorite networks. Having a problem with the language settings on an adaptor can happen just as easily as it can on any other streaming platform or channel.

Before you panic though, the Language on your adaptor is pretty easy to set up and change anytime you feel the need to.

1. The first step is to grab the remote that came with your TV adaptor and press the “LANG” button.

2. This will bring up the “Audio Language Screen” on your television.

3. From this screen you can choose which language you want your TV adaptor to play. If you’re not familiar with the LANG button, it’s a round button located in the center of the remote just below the “Mute” button.

5. For Armstrong Exp

An Armstrong Exp is a “Whole-home solution” according to armstrongwire.com. This system mixes broadband networks with wireless service making streaming a new and exciting experience.

Setting the language up on your Armstrong Exp is simple and only takes a few steps. The Armstrong Exp links Armstrong HD, Zoom with Zoom, WiFi, and TiVo to simplify the user’s media experience.

What makes Armstrong unique is its ability to let the user access and control ALL of their connected devices from one main device anytime anywhere.

1. The first step is to pair your remote to the Armstrong Exp by pressing the TiVo and BACK buttons at the same time until you see red lights on the remote’s LED screen.

2. Release the buttons slowly and the remote should start to flash red.

3. This action will take you to a home screen menu, there you will see all the prompts to change the language settings back to what you prefer.

6. For HBO NOW

If your TV settings are not the problem, it might be the language settings in the app you’re trying to stream through. Changing the app’s settings is just as easy as changing your TVs.

1. Simply open the HBO NOW app and navigate to your profile page.

2. Once on your profile page click on your profile picture icon and a drop menu should appear.

3. Scroll down until you hit the “settings” icon and choose the language setting you would like. HBO NOW only offers one language setting right now and that is English.

7. For Netflix

If you’re a Netflix’s customer you will probably be interested in knowing how to change the language settings in your app. Netflix not only offers a default language that all shows and movies will be played with, the app also offers individual language selection in most of the content it has on the platform.

To Change your default language settings on Netflix:

1. Simply use your remote to navigate to the apps settings menu on the left side of the TV screen.

2. Once you’re on that menu scroll down until you see the “edit” option.

3. Click on the option that says “language” underneath the edit menu and choose which language you would like set as your default.

4. If you want to change the language settings on an individual show you are watching follow these easy steps.

5. Click on the show you want to change and go to the “Audio & Subtitles menu. You can find this option on the bottom right-hand side.

6. Select the language you prefer to watch the show in. There’s also an option to add and change the language subtitles appear in.

8. Over the Air Channel on a Roku TV

Have you been trying to enjoy NFL’s football games on Roku’s “Over the Air” channel, but your efforts are always interrupted by the host speaking Spanish? Keep reading to learn the steps to solving this problem once and for all.

This method of changing the settings is meant to work ONLY on this Roku channel. There is a standard way to change the language settings on the Roku streaming device itself.

An important fact to remember is that the “Language Settings” option on the Roku television does NOT apply to the audio broadcast. It is just how the menu is presented on screen.

1. The first step in changing the language settings is to tap OK on the remote when the prompt pops up on the screen, it may or may not show SAP/MTS.

2. If SAP/MTS is displayed on the program banner, use the remote to select the options key. You can press the “*” button for a shortcut to this menu.

3. An “Option” menu will drop down on the TV screen, Select the “SAP Spanish”. Using the remote’s right arrow key, turn off the “Spanish” setting.

9. If Your Settings Have Been Switched From English

A more simple explanation to the language on your TV being incorrect is the settings being switched. This can happen because the TV’s default settings are Spanish, or because someone unknowingly turned the English setting off.

The easy fix is to head into the “Settings” menu on the TV and change the audio feedback language from Spanish to English. These instructions are for a basic smart TV model, not all options will be the same for all models of TVs.

Despite the difference in TV models most all “Language Settings” can be found under the TV’s main menu settings. Follow these steps to turn the English language back on.

1. Press the “Menu” button from your television’s remote control.

2. Scroll down and select “Option”

3. Under the “Option”menu select “OSD Language” This action will allow you to change the language settings back to English.

10. Change Audio Playback Language in Accessibility Settings

Your TV is made with built-in Accessibility settings to make the product easier for consumers to use.

When you use features on the TV like subtitles, changing the brightness on your screen, and accessing different picture modes you, are using the TV’s Accessibility App.

Each model of TV has a different version of the Accessibility App built-in to their software. Customers can leave the company’s default settings or customize the accessibility settings in the way they prefer.

Once the settings are chosen you can create shortcuts on the TV’s home screen to make accessing menus more accessible.

The Accessibility app plays a major role in how well your televisions features function and how quickly you’re able to access them.

Changing the Audio Playback Language in the Accessibility settings is a simple task and to complete it all you’ll need to do is follow the steps below.

1. The first step is to navigate to the home screen and tap on “Settings”

2. From the settings menu use the arrow keys to highlight and tap “General Settings”

3. Once under general settings navigate to “Privacy”

4. Using the remote navigate to the “Accessibility Settings” tap on the “Voice & Audio Guide Settings”

5. Under voice guide you will have the option of turning on or off the Accessibility


Anytime the settings on your TV start acting up without warning it’s surely no fun figuring out the cause. The good news is that this kind of language settings problem is usually a no-brainer and easy to fix.

Was it the kids, the dogs or maybe even your own butt that caused the fiasco of Spanish speaking Stranger Things? That question may never get an answer but thanks to Techzillo all your language settings problems might just be a little easier to fix.

Briley is a freelance writer and has been writing for over 10 years. The former journalist now content writer currently writes for Techzillo and focuses on consumer tech in general. His main interests include video games and consumer technology. He also writes for websites such as Lifewire, and Digital Trends. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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