How to Change Your Default Shop Language

To change your default shop language, contact Etsy Support. If your listings are currently in a language that isn’t the language you want as your shop default, follow the steps in this article before contacting us.

When you sign up to be an Etsy seller, the language you select is the default language for your shop. If your listings are written in a language that isn’t your default shop language, your items may not be properly indexed in search.

How to prepare your shop to update your default language

To update your shop default language, make sure that you have all the information on your shop translated into that language. You’ll need to add that language as a translation of your shop, and add translations in your shop information and in each listing. When Etsy Support updates the default language of your shop, the copy in the translation fields for that language becomes the default copy for your shop.

 

First, update the languages available for your shop:

  1. Sign in to Etsy.com.
  2. Click Shop Manager.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Languages and translations.
  5. Click Manage languages.
  6. Toggle on the languages you’d like to use in your shop.
  7. Click Save changes.

 

Then, add your new default language of your listings:

  1. From the Shop Manager, click Listings.
  2. Click into each listing.
  3. Scroll to the Translations section at the bottom of each listing page.
  4. Update the title, description, and tags for the language you want to use as your shop default language. Once Etsy Support updates your default language, what you add in these fields will be the main descriptors for this listing.

To ensure that your shop is in the correct language, you need to add the translation to your expired, sold out, and inactive listings as well. Your listings need to be published and active in order to edit them. Alternatively, you can delete listings you no longer need.

To add translations to a sold out listing:

  1. Open the listing.
  2. Scroll to the Translations section at the bottom of the page.
  1. Add translations to title, description, and tags.
  1. Click Renew.
  2. Click Manage at the top right.
  3. Click Deactivate.

To add translations to draft or inactive listing:

  1. Open the listing.
  2. Scroll to the Translations section at the bottom of the page.
  3. Add translations to title, description, and tags.
  4. Click Publish, then click Publish again.
  5. Click Manage at the top right.
  6. Click Deactivate.

 

Last, add the language of your shop information:

  1. From the Shop Manager, click Settings.
  2. Click Languages and translations.
  3. Update your shop information for the language you want to use as your shop default language.
  4. Click Save changes.

Once you add the copy in the language you want to use as your shop default language for all sections of your shop, contact Etsy Support. If all the required changes have been made, we can update your default shop language.

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