How to set the language in speech recognition on android?

I’ve been working on speech Recognition API in android and found out that the speech results vary allot when the language settings are changed , is there a way to set it programmatically ? or is there an intent to lunch the speech language settings screen ? or what else ?
I tried to use this intent extra:

intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE_PREFERENCE, "en-US");

but it was ineffective

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  • 6 Solutions collect form web for “How to set the language in speech recognition on android?”

    As pargat says, this will do it:

    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, "en-US");

    Also, your app can query for the list of supported languages by sending a RecognizerIntent.ACTION_GET_LANGUAGE_DETAILS ordered broadcast like so:

        Intent detailsIntent =  new Intent(RecognizerIntent.ACTION_GET_LANGUAGE_DETAILS);
                detailsIntent, null, new LanguageDetailsChecker(), null, Activity.RESULT_OK, null, null);

    where LanguageDetailsChecker is something like this:

    public class LanguageDetailsChecker extends BroadcastReceiver
        private List<String> supportedLanguages;
        private String languagePreference;
        public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent)
            Bundle results = getResultExtras(true);
            if (results.containsKey(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE_PREFERENCE))
                languagePreference =
            if (results.containsKey(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_SUPPORTED_LANGUAGES))
                supportedLanguages =

    For the complete code check out this github project:

    there is no solution but a hackaround…

    intent.putExtra("android.speech.extra.EXTRA_ADDITIONAL_LANGUAGES", new String[]{"en"});

    check here the complete story.

    Have you tried this:

    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, "en-US");

    This will work:

    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, "en_US");

    You have to use “en_US” instead of “en-US”. The former is the right format of Java locale tag.

    It is suggested that you use

    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, Locale.US.toString());

    to avoid remembering such detail.

    I finally got my app to restrict voice recognition results to a specified language input (handing it, e.g., “ja” for Japanese or “fr” for French) by adding all 3 of the following extras:

    String languagePref = "de";//or, whatever iso code...
    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, languagePref);
    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE_PREFERENCE, languagePref); 
    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_ONLY_RETURN_LANGUAGE_PREFERENCE, languagePref);

    Hope this helps someone.

    I used this code:

    intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE_MODEL, "en-US");

    Hope you can run your app now.

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