When I first configured my new iPod touch 5th gen, I put "English" for iOS language. I then switched iOS to "Français (Canada)" in the General Settings/International. Everything look fine except one thing : The date displayed on the lockscreen which remains in english (Ex: Monday, 15 April). Even after restarting my iPod, the date is still in english.

Any idea how to have the date translated on the lockscreen ?

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Under Settings -> General -> International, you need to change the Region Format settings to specify your desired region; I'm assuming you only changed the Language settings.

When I change Region Format to French -> Canada, my lockscreen appears with the correct French date format: mardi 16 avril.

  • Kinda confusing, since when I go in Settings -> General -> International, Region Format display only Canada, so I did not bother looking there since I thought it was already correct. BUT French -> Canada is not part of the available values there. It just switched to a random Region, went back and reset it to Canada and then it worked o_O
    – MaxiWheat
    Apr 16, 2013 at 20:09
  • Bizarre. When I tapped French in the Region Format listing, I was taken to a screen that lets you pick *sub-*regions, and that's where I chose Canada. Glad you got it sorted. :)
    – Dan J
    Apr 16, 2013 at 20:17

The format and language of Date & Time (and other units of measure) are set in Settings -> General -> International -> Region Format.

These can be set independently of the language used throughout the rest of your iOS device.


Check out by going to Settings --> General --> Date & Time.

  • There isn't a language config there. There are 3 settings : 24-hour time, Set automatically and Time zone.
    – MaxiWheat
    Apr 15, 2013 at 11:28

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