iOS Q & A


How do I localize my app for different languages?

Localizing an app for different languages involves adapting its user interface, content, and resources to support multiple languages and regions, allowing users to interact with the app in their preferred language. iOS provides built-in support for app localization through the use of NSLocalizedString and .strings files for managing localized strings and resources. Here’s how to localize an app for different languages:


  • Identify Localizable Content: Identify the text strings, images, and other resources in your app that need to be localized for different languages. This includes UI elements such as labels, buttons, menus, alerts, and error messages.
  • Create Localization Files: In Xcode, create a separate .strings file for each supported language and region. These files contain key-value pairs mapping the original (default) text string to its localized translation in each language.
  • Use NSLocalizedString: Replace hardcoded text strings in your app’s code with NSLocalizedString macros. NSLocalizedString retrieves the appropriate localized string from the corresponding .strings file based on the user’s device language preferences.
  • Add Localized Resources: If your app includes localized images, audio files, or other resources, create localized versions of these assets for each supported language and region. Use language-specific asset catalogs or resource bundles to organize and manage localized resources.
  • Test Localization: Test your app’s localization by changing the device language and region settings in the iOS Simulator or on a physical device. Verify that all text strings, UI elements, and resources are displayed correctly in each supported language and that the app behaves as expected.
  • Manage Localization Files: Keep your localization files organized and up-to-date as you add new features or update existing content in your app. Use version control systems to track changes to localization files and collaborate with translators to ensure accurate translations.


By localizing your app for different languages, you can improve user accessibility, expand your app’s global reach, and provide a more personalized and inclusive experience for users worldwide.

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