How to set the language in speech recognition on android?-ThrowExceptions

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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

How to solve:

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.


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.


Have you tried this:

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


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 tried to use

intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, Locale.getDefault());

but it did not work for me (did not take the system language).
Helped here like this:

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


this code is to set the language in speech recognization

  String languagePref = "te-IN";//this is for telugu

     //kannada --->  "kn-IN"
     //tamil--->  "ta-IN".....

            Intent intent = new Intent(RecognizerIntent.ACTION_RECOGNIZE_SPEECH);
            intent.putExtra(RecognizerIntent.EXTRA_LANGUAGE, languagePref);


I used this code:

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

Hope you can run your app now.

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