YouTube tip: How to Search in different Languages


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YouTube is available in almost every country in the world, and with 500 years of content being watched every day ( we would be very suprised if you hadn’t heard of it! A feature of YouTube which may not be known to you is that the platform provides the ability to search in several different languages, thanks to its virtual keyboard option. Depending on whether you have chosen a default language that contains letters not usually found on a European keyboard, you will be presented with the virtual keyboard which contains these letters.

The Method

Level: Basic

Who for: Individuals who can speak two or more languages.

What to do:

Learn how to use the virtual keyboard in the video below, or follow these simple steps.

  1. Head over to YouTube (
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the front page
  3. Click on the language shown next to ‘Language:’ (for UK users this is usually set to English by default)
  4. Choose your desired language
  5. Should your desire language require letters not normally found on UK keyboards, you will notice that a small image of a keyboard appear in the search bar.
  6. Clicking on this keyboard will open a virtual keyboard, which contains the letters required.
  7. Use the virtual keyboard to enter your search request


So What?: YouTube is used around the world, and for those multi-linguals out there, using English for your search might not give you your desired results. By switching to a specific language, your searches will be more accurate, and you will find content in the language of your choice much easier..

Written By Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis is a leading social media authority and one of the most experienced social media trainers in the UK. He works with small businesses through to global brands and shows them how to effectively use social media to meet their business needs and save time. His career spans 12 years in digital and he has spent much of his recent career focused on the impact of social media. You can find him on LinkedIn and Google+

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