The other day I purchased an MBP13 from eBay. It was a great deal and it came from Italy. I should probably elaborate this point as it was kind of unique. I live in Spain, but I’m originally from the US, as such, I prefer a US keyboard (the Spanish, or even the UK English keyboard layouts are different, trust me). Anyway, on eBay I found an MBP13 with a US keyboard layout, that was originally purchased in Japan, but was being sold by a person in Rome, Italy, coming to an American living in Barcelona, Spain… funny no?
Anyway, I got the laptop and it was in very good shape. However, like all used pieces of software, I needed to reset it. However, the installer’s language (not the OS) was in Italian.
I looked online for changing the language of MacOS and I was always directed to the System Preferences –> Language and Region –> Set to English… change, but that is AFTER you have installed the OS.
So I gave my bad Italian a try and I ended up with a bad disk partition and a bad install.
I then figured out the setting. To update the language on your installer (or BIOS, as some people referred to it), do this:
- Restart the machine by holding down the power button until it shuts off (around 5-10 seconds)
- Press the power button again
- Immediately after pressing the power button hold down command and r (command + r), just keep it holding down
- That will start the recovery cycle and it will try to connect to the internet. Wait for that to finish
- You’ll arrive at the Installer.
- Regardless of the language just remember to click on the second menu (not counting the Apple logo), the first option will be Change Language. Click and you are set 🙂