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Help! My Facebook Account Is In Chinese

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Social Networking
 
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Greg wrote us in a panic over his Facebook account:

“My Facebook account has been hacked and I want to delete it. But it’s now in Chinese and I can’t even read It. “

If you can still get into your Facebook account, it’s possible that someone is just playing a joke on you and the password hasn’t been changed. You may have just left your account up on a phone or PC and someone changed it to be funny. Changing the language is fairly simple.

 I want you to click on the little down arrow at the top right that looks like this and choose settings. Even in Chinese, it’s still your fourth option from the bottom.
 fbarrow
Now scroll to the very bottom of the page.  You can actually scroll to the very bottom of ANY page, but the settings one is shorter than going through miles of Facebook posts.  At the very bottom of the page off to the left, you’ll see the language that Facebook is being displayed in.  Even if it’s written in a different language that’s still where to click.
 fbenglish
Click on it and you can change the language back to English.
pickenglish
If you can do this, it’s highly unlikely that anyone actually hacked your Facebook account. I know sometimes people use the term “hacked” when they’ve left their Facebook page open and someone posts something on it as a joke, but when I say hacked, I mean someone broke into your computer.  Changing languages is a common joke people play. It’s also possible to accidentally change languages by clicking in the wrong place or bumping your touch screen.  Another popular joke is to pick “upside down English” for a setting.
(note:  happy to report that the switched language was indeed the problem with this account and it was back to English in just a couple of clicks.)
~ Cynthia

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23 Responses to “Help! My Facebook Account Is In Chinese”

  1. Ruby says:

    this was no help to me because my account is, as the person here, in Chinese and I cannot read Chinese! So I cannot read the menus and do not know where to click.

    And no one has access to my computer but me, so it’s not a joke.

    I finally, I think, deleted the account and have stopped using Facebook. It’s toxic and invasive

    • cynthia says:

      It’s actually very easy to accidentally change the language on your account. And, while I realize that your account is in another language, the positions of where you need to click doesn’t change.

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