How to change country or language on Amazon

Wise
04.09.18
4 minute read

Amazon is a truly global business: it has numerous different versions for different countries, ships to even more places around the world, and operates in a variety of languages too. Oftentimes, the people who use Amazon can be just as international as the company itself: maybe you’ve moved abroad or are visiting a different country. Or perhaps you’re keen to explore what ebooks are available from a Kindle store overseas - for example, you could be based in the US but want to browse the UK Kindle library, which has a different selection of books.

With the right knowhow, It’s not hard to do: read on to find out how.

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Amazon country settings: How to change your Amazon country of residence

Here’s what you need to do, step by step. Remember: this is about changing your country of residence, not your delivery address - you can do that easily when you’re buying something.

Step 1: Log in to your account.

This might happen automatically, but don’t forget to check that Amazon knows who (and where) you are. Head to whichever Amazon site you normally use - be it the US version, the UK version or whichever - and look for where it says ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner. If you’re already logged in, it’ll say your first name here.

Step 2: Go to ‘Your Content and Devices’.

In the same drop-down menu that appears when you go to log in, navigate to ‘Manage Your Content and Devices’, which you’ll see under the ‘Your Account’ heading. 1

Here, you should see a screen that says ‘Manage Your Content and Devices’. If you don’t see that, it could be because you’re logged into the wrong Amazon site.1 For instance, if you normally use Amazon in the UK, with a UK address, then your ‘default’ store will probably be the UK version of Amazon. But if you’re on the US version of the site, even though you can log in with the same account details, you won’t be able to see your Kindle content. To do that, you’ll need to leave amazon.com and head to your ‘default’ Amazon site, amazon.co.uk in this example. When you’re in the right place, you should see a list of all the Kindle titles you have, plus other digital purchases such as films or music.

Step 3: Go to ‘Settings’ and change country - or choose to use another Kindle store.

Firstly select ‘Settings’, and then scan down the page until you come across ‘Country Settings’.1 This will display your ‘Current country’. To change this, hit ‘Change’ and fill in your address in the country you want to start using.1

But hold on! You might not need to do this. If you’re eligible to shop in one Amazon digital content store, you might be allowed to transfer your account to another one. 1 For instance, UK shoppers might be allowed to choose to shop for digital content at Amazon.com, without even having to register an American address.1 You’ll see this option, if it applies to you, under ‘Country Settings’.1

If you want to do this, then click through - but do make sure you read the terms and conditions. Seriously. Switching digital stores affects any existing purchases that you have: you might not be able to access any videos you’ve bought, for example.1 So don’t do this lightly.

Note as well that you’ll probably have to make any purchases in the currency of the store you use: someone in the UK choosing to use the US store, for example, will have to pay in dollars. Therefore you should make sure that you have a cost-effective way of doing this, and that your bank isn’t going to charge you a fortune every time you buy an ebook.

Amazon language settings: How to change language on Amazon

It’s not always easy to find your way around Amazon, especially if it’s not in your first language. Some (but not all) versions of Amazon are available in multiple languages. For example, amazon.com is available in English and Spanish. Read on for a complete list of what languages are available - but first, how to switch between them:

Step 1: Look for the globe.

First of all, go to whichever Amazon website you want to use. Near the top right-hand corner of the page, you might see a little globe sign, together with a two-letter code.1 That code refers to the language of the website.

No globe? Then sorry, you’re probably on one of the Amazon sites - amazon.co.uk, for example - that’s only available in one language.

Step 2: Change language.

Hover over that little globe, and you should see a list of all the available languages come up. Select the one you want, confirm the change, and you’re set.1

Step 3: Change it back again, if you’ve made a terrible mistake.

‘Oh no!’ we hear you say. ‘I only did this as a joke, and now I’m stuck browsing Amazon in Spanish! How do I change my Amazon account back to English?’

Try and stay calm. We’ve all been there. The good news is that the little globe icon will still be in exactly the same place: toward the top right of the screen.1 Hover over it once again, and re-select your beloved mother tongue. Phew.

In what countries is Amazon available?

Quite a few. And don’t forget that if your country doesn’t have its own dedicated Amazon store, you can still use another country’s - the US one is the biggest - and see if things can be shipped over to you.

Here’s a current guide to what different country specific Amazons exist - as well as which languages they operate in².

Country or regionLanguage(s)URL
AustraliaEnglishamazon.com.au
BrazilPortugueseamazon.com.br
CanadaEnglish, Frenchamazon.ca
ChinaStandard Chineseamazon.cn
EgyptEnglish, Arabicegypt.souq.com
FranceFrenchamazon.fr
GermanyGerman, Englishamazon.de
IndiaEnglishamazon.in
ItalyItalianamazon.it
JapanJapanese, English, Chineseamazon.co.jp
KuwaitEnglish, Arabicuae.souq.com/kw-en/
MexicoSpanishamazon.com.mx
NetherlandsDutchamazon.nl
Saudi ArabiaEnglish, Arabicsaudi.souq.com
SingaporeEnglishAmazon.com.sg (prime only)
SpainSpanishamazon.es
TurkeyTurkishamazon.de/tr
UAEEnglish, Arabicuae.souq.com
United KingdomEnglishamazon.co.uk
United StatesEnglish, Spanishamazon.com

If you’re wondering what Souq is, it’s a subsidiary of Amazon that operates in the Middle East³.

Good luck navigating the confusing worlds of the different international Amazons, whether you’re just looking to change languages, or exploring the digital stores of different countries. We hope you find what you’re looking for.

Sources:
1https://www.amazon.com (Sept 4 2018)
2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_(company)
3https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souq.com


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