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Japanese on Android

Hi everyone!

I have the latest version of Duolingo on my mobile, but I haven't discovered Japanese on it yet I also do not have gems and health, what's the problem?

June 5, 2017



From the Incubator, it says that "By the middle of next week, all of Android users will have access to the version where you can learn Japanese." So hopefully everyone will have Japanese on their Android device in a few days.

I've been checking my Android device 3 times a day because I'm so excited for it to finally come!

Edit: The Incubator message was posted 4 days ago, not today, so it should come this week.


As far as i know they are rolling out the new android update slowly day by day, for gems and health for now are a iOs exclusive feature


I had an interesting issue that clearing the cache solved.

I got my hands on the updated version for Androids that allowed us to start learning Japanese. Although, this morning, after restarting my phone, it told me to pick a language as is Japanese was never there.

Very confused and annoyed, I checked my updates and then decided to Force Stop & Clear Cache to see if that fixed my issue. Luckily it did.

So you have two options if you don't have Japanese yet: 1) Clear your cache in Settings>Apps 2) Get the reddit version linked in this thread.

I hope this helps.


Are you certain whether the version you updated to was newest version that's been gradually rolling out this week? Is there a possibility maybe you were on an older version when you updated, and that it might have got updated to the version before the roll out one?

I still don't have the roll out version in my Play Store yet. If I were currently on an older version of Duolingo than I am now and looked at the store, then I would see an update is available, but that wouldn't be the roll out one (it would update to the version I'm on now).

You might still have to up to two or three more days for the newest version with the Japanese course to appear in your Play Store. By that point it is supposed to have reached everyone's Play Store. ^^

[deactivated user]

    I am really excited because I logged on the application like an hour ago and Japanese was already there waiting for me. :D It's finally here!!! I am sure you will get it very soon. As for gems, I still don't even know what they look like. I still have my lingots...


    Hi Sofia, as posted in the last Incubator update, the Duolingo update containing the Japanese course is being rolled out to Android users gradually, and will be delivered to 100% of compatible Android devices within the next day or two. To my knowledge the course contributors themselves have no control over how quickly this is done (and as such don't have an exact date), but have promised that all users will have it by around the middle of this week, so stay tuned! (I just got the update a few hours ago myself, so keep checking back!)

    As for the gems and health, these features are currently iOS-exclusive and will be brought to Android at a later date, so don't worry about them being missing from your app. :)


    I only got the update this morning. When I checked first thing it wasn't in the Play Store. But then I checked again a couple of hours later and it was there! (Which was about seven hours ago.) So it's still rolling out to us unlucky ones. ^^;

    I tried it out on the app on a new account. Did the placement test and answered every question correct, and it put me at lv9 and nearly the whole tree gold! But on my current account I'm on right now, it took a lot of effort doing it on the web browser as the placement test feature doesn't work on the browser yet...

    From doing that one easy placement test round, with lots of click the boxes questions, that tree already has more gold skills than I have on this account. XD

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