OSX Recovery in Chinese - How to change?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AJay81, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. AJay81 macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2015
    Purchased a Macbook Pro (Late 2013, 8GB, 256GB) and the owner reset it to factory. The current Administrator is a profile he made to let me test it with everything in English. I want to wipe the test profile and start fresh so when I boot up recovery (CMD + R) to access disk utility and reinstalling Yosemite the entire menu is in Chinese! If the system is set to English when he reset it to factory, why is recovery still in Chinese? How can this be changed?

    Thanks, would appreciate all the help.

  2. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Try using Internet Recovery. (CMD-OPT-R, not CMD-R.)
  3. Raunien macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2011
    To change the Recovery language, choose the third option (starting from the left) of the menu bar, and choose the first option. This will allow you to change its language
  4. GW Computers AL macrumors newbie

    GW Computers AL

    Mar 21, 2016
    You are the man :D (Y)
    This one here "Raunien" is the man (Y)
    The third menu from the left with the first menu being the Apple logo menu itself
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Choose one of the follow: a US flag, a UK flag, or an Australian flag
  6. avasu01 macrumors newbie


    Jan 6, 2017
    Atlanta, GA

    I am having a similar issue. I bought a pre-owned MacBook, and the seller did not divulge that he had set it up in Russian initially. I managed to do a COMMAND+R, and run disk utility to wipe the drive. Then when I reset the system, it kicked into Internet Recovery mode but was still in Russian Language. I was able to navigate through, and get to the install screen where I changed it to English, but it seems the inherent language is always Russian. How can I change this?
  7. charlenechen91 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2017
    I wanted to add one more point here - once you change the language, you'll have to reinstall the OS X in order for the OS X utilities page to default to the language you selected in the future. Otherwise, if you exit the tool and get back in, it will get defaulted to Chinese again.

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