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How to Change Japanese Car Navigation to English


Any car driver who has been lost before can attest to the indispensable quality of the built-in navigation system in their dashboard. It allows you to track down specific areas and even helps you pass through routes that are unfamiliar to you. Needless to say, it is a convenient accessory to private and commercial vehicle drivers.

Also known as a GPS (Global Position System), the car navigation system gathers information about the vehicle’s position, then synchronize it with the existing road maps. However, if it is in a language that you do not understand, you won’t find any use to it. This is the dilemma of people who bought their vehicles from a Japan used car auction. 

Well, you should not worry. In this post, we will show you the ropes and tricks in changing the Japanese language to English setting on Toyota and other JDM vehicles. 

Step 1: Switch Off the Vehicle

The first thing you need to do is turn off the vehicle. Doing so will allow you to switch off the navigation system as well. 

Step 2: Browse Through the Menu

Once you start your car again, you must look for an option on the menu which says, “English.” It is worth noting that some JDM cars offer the option of modifying the language of the GPS as soon as you start the vehicle.

Step 3: Locate the Language Button

In some cases, the navigation system’s language goes back to Japanese after every boot. So, we recommend that you look for that Language or LANG button on the menu. Do this as soon as you’ve modified the language to English. Keep in mind that this step is essential in ensuring that the GPS won’t go back to Japanese. What it does is set the default language to English.

Step 4: Check the Navigation System

You need to perform this extra step if you still can’t use the navigation system after changing the language to English. It is possible that the system is DVD-based. In this case, you need to buy a language disc in English to be able to use your car’s GPS.

Pro Tips for Changing the Japanese Language to English Setting on Toyota and Other JDM Cars

Tip 1: Use Google Translate

It can be difficult to go through the menu, especially when everything is in Japanese. One of the best workarounds for this is to use the Google Translate app. Go to the Play Store, then download the application on your phone. All you’ll need to do is use the camera feature of the app and point your smartphone to the words you want to translate. Once you’ve done this, the language will appear as English on your phone’s screen.

Tip 2: Bring Your Vehicle to a Service Center

If you’ve been pulling your hair out, trying to change the navigation system’s language to English, then this is the best option for you. There are service centers that offer this service, and you can easily find one by performing a quick Google search. They should be able to offer you the appropriate software for your vehicle make and model. Once you’ve installed the SD card, all you’ll need to do is restart the system and it will be in English.

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