I live in Hong Kong, and the Play Store displays everything in the local Cantonese language. I have set everything I can (Android language, Account language, even the app locale via Xposed Module "App Settings") to English, but I still see all the categories in the store in Chinese. Can someone help me change those to English?

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    If I'm not mistaken, Play Store also uses IP address to check the location, though I'm not sure if it also affects in-app language.
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 7:25

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Short answer: You can't!

From How can I switch language in google play?, you used to be able to work around this via a proxy:

Basically the market is determined automatically based on your IP. You can change some local country settings from your Gmail account settings but still IP of the country you're browsing from is more important. To go around it you'd have to Proxy-cheat. Check out some ways/sites: http://www.affilorama.com/forum/market-research/how-to-change-country-search-settings-in-google-t4160.html

For the current versions of Google Play, it will always go for your IP address and geo-ify it. Therefore, if you're really determined you can use VPN to route through some servers with Geo-IPs.

If VPNs are not a solution for you (They weren't mine: Too expensive, too risky and depends on trust of the host, ...) you can mess with a GeoIP database (and have Hong Kong become US), alike as this XKCD comic:

Now what?

If you're a fan of Google products and want to keep using it, you will have to deal with it, or use the web based market as pointed out in another answer. What I did instead was that I rooted my phone to remove Google Play store after installing Amazon app store, and used it instead.

  • Is this still the case? Commented Feb 26, 2017 at 18:41
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    I haven't seen any credible sources stating otherwise, so until someone shows me some, probably yes @FrazerKirkman
    – Unihedron
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 2:56
  • Aug 2020, Still not fixed. I get the Swedish language for my movie descriptions. Everything else in Google is English (including language account settings) and I live in Denmark (which is not the capitol of Sweden :) )
    – Christian
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 22:10

The best option would be head over to your Google account and change the Language settings to something you preferred. Once done open the device head over to settings>application manager>Clear the cache and the data stored by the Google play Store and close the app. Once done, try opening the Google PlayStore and this time the language will be changed.

  • That's what I tried already, it did not work.
    – uncovery
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 10:34
  • Well, that's something weird,do one thing create new Google account over web and upon registration select UK/US as country and then again try putting that google account over your device and yes remove the older one and then see if you can see any difference ?? Anyway one more thing which device you are experiencing problem with? Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 11:29
  • I have two devices, same issue, once HTC One M8 and once old Samsung Galaxy note
    – uncovery
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 13:22
  • No, problem at all you can put the new gmail account created over both of the the device ! Try doing that and see if it can be of any use ! Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 4:36

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