Supported languages for HoloLens 2

HoloLens 2 is localized into the following languages. The localization features include speech commands and dictation, keyboard layouts, and OCR recognition within apps.

  • Chinese Simplified (China)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (Canada)
  • English (Great Britain)
  • English (United States)
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • German (Germany)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Japanese (Japan)
  • Spanish (Spain)

The following table explains what languages and text-to-speech (TTS) voices are available in HoloLens 2.

Language, country, or region Male TTS voice Female TTS voice
Chinese (Simplified) - (zh-CN) Kangkang Huihui, Yaoyao
Cantonese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR) - (zh-HK) Danny Tracy
Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) - (zh-TW) Zhiwei Yating, Hanhan
Dutch - (nl-NL) Frank Not applicable
English (Australia) - (en-AU) James Catherine
English (Canada) - (en-CA) Richard Linda
English (Great Britain) - (en-GB) George Hazel, Susan
English (United States) - (en-US) David, Mark Zira
French (Canada) - (fr-CA) Claude Caroline
French (France) - (fr-FR) Paul Hortence, Julie
German (Germany) - (de-DE) Stefan Hedda, Katja
Italian - (it-IT) Cosimo Elsa
Japanese - (ja-JP) Ichiro Ayumi, Haruka
Korean - (ko-KR) Not applicable Heami
Spanish (Spain) - (es-ES) Pablo Helena, Laura

HoloLens 2 also supports the following languages. However, this support does not include speech commands or dictation features.

  • Chinese Traditional (Taiwan and Hong Kong)
  • Dutch (Netherlands)
  • Korean (Korea)

Some features of HoloLens 2 use the Windows display language. The Windows display language affects the following settings for Windows and for apps that support localization:

  • The user interface text language.
  • The speech language.
  • The default layout of the on-screen keyboard.

Change the language or keyboard layout

The setup process configures your HoloLens for a specific region and language. You can change this configuration by using the Time & language section of Settings.


Your speech and dictation language depends on (and is the same as) the Windows display language.

To change the Windows display language

  1. Open the Start menu, and then select Settings > Time and language > Language.
  2. Select Windows display language, and then select a language.

If the supported language that you're looking for is not in the menu, follow these steps:

  1. Under Preferred languages, select Add a language.
  2. Locate and add the language.
  3. Select the Windows display language menu again, and then select the language that you added in the previous step.

To change the keyboard layout

To add or remove a keyboard layout, open the Start menu, and then select Settings > Time & language > Keyboard.

If your HoloLens has more than one keyboard layout, use the Layout key to switch between them. The Layout key is in the lower right corner of the on-screen keyboard.


The on-screen keyboard can use Input Method Editor (IME) to enter characters in languages, such as Japanese. However, HoloLens does not support external Bluetooth keyboards that use IME.

While you use IME together with the on-screen keyboard, you can continue to use a Bluetooth keyboard to type in English. To switch between keyboards, press the tilde character button (~).