I feel like I'm chasing my tail on this one, but I need to be able to test in languages not listed under Settings > Language & Input > Language. I've spoken with Samsung & Motorola and they tell me that it is impossible. I'm not willing to accept that answer as I know there has to be a way to test language support for the mobile apps I test. This is where Android gets stingy and makes Apple look like the savior of all things.

  • I am not sure if you can test a language which is not supported by itself.
    – The_Amol
    Feb 24, 2016 at 18:02
  • Brenda, If any answer helps you pls accept. So this Q will not be in active state for long Jul 28, 2016 at 13:36
  • What language do you need? If you can indicate one it may help attracting a useful answer.
    – Bookeater
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:35
  • Anyway this might help: stackoverflow.com/questions/32035573/…
    – Bookeater
    Aug 10, 2016 at 12:36

2 Answers 2


That particular phone doesn't support that languages you want? Hacking your code or hacking you device undermine your attempts to simulate a realistic situation. Perhaps you can install a vanilla android OS on the phone that does have these languages.

Otherwise, buy another phone or use an emulator, either for free on your pc, or maybe even use an emulation service like browserstack. If it can't be done on the free emulator, yet there isnt budget for the other two options, the test probably isn't worth doing.


@Brenda - Its really not convincing saying I'm not willing to accept answer from Samsung & Moto.

  • Could we use any hardware with our computer, without using its drivers? [software required to interact with hardware]

Everyone knows answer, Right!

Its similar to your scenario, when device is not supporting any particular language that simply means that the device is not having instructions about "How to deal with it & How to display the text" in particular language.

We can not by pass this! We can test app with only those languages which your device supports.

  • I'm confused - so you're saying it is logically impossible? That there is no way to, say, hack in additional languages somehow? Or are you saying that the question has a faulty premise?
    – corsiKa
    Jul 13, 2016 at 17:37
  • @corsika, Question may arise,thats fine. But it's not possible with even hack. Jul 13, 2016 at 18:27
  • If you're saying it's not possible, then the burden would be on you to prove it is not possible. Otherwise, we should leave it open for someone to come up with some (very creative) way to do it. It may be the question is open and unanswered forever. But if we can't prove it's impossible, then we shouldn't say it is.
    – corsiKa
    Jul 13, 2016 at 20:02
  • I've used third party drivers before, but I get that this is an analogue, what's your actually point?
    – Nathan
    Mar 9, 2017 at 0:10

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