How to Start Over on Duolingo | Reset & Restart a Language

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How to Start Over on Duolingo

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Hey bestie! Are you trying to figure out how to start over on Duolingo? I’ve been there! Recently, I booted up Duolingo again to learn a language, and I realized that a LOT of time had passed — and I wanted to reset the language.

It took me a minute to figure things out, so I wrote this post to help other people! As a blogger, my goal is to use my own experience to help save other folks time && energy! After all, everyone can use a helping hand! <3

You may be learning a new language for an upcoming trip, your job, or because you want to communicate with someone you love! Whatever the reason, I’m stoked that you’re working to improve your language skills! <333

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Hi, I’m Brianne Huntsman, AKA “The Huntswoman”! I am a plus size lifestyle blogger, who also LOVES Duolingo! I’ve written a bunch of posts with tips on using Duolingo (see the end of this post for links!), and I hope this post helps you quickly restart a language on Duolingo — and get learning!

Xoxo,
Brianne AKA “The Huntswoman”

How to Start Over on Duolingo

Ok, let’s talk about how to start over on Duolingo! I’ve done this multiple times, and every time I go to reset a language on Duolingo, it’s different! After debating whether to restart French on Duolingo, I realized (after figuring out how to do it), that writing a blog post on this would be super helpful to other people!

So I wrote this post, based on my experience of trying to figure out how the heck to start over on Duolingo!

So I wrote this post, based on my experience of trying to figure out how the heck to start over on Duolingo!

When resetting a language on Duolingo, you can either use your Duolingo mobile app on your phone or the Duolingo desktop version. In this blog post, I’ve shown you how to do both!

A note of caution when you go to reset Duolingo — when you do so, ALL of the data for the language is deleted. You can’t change your mind and do a sort of “CNTRL+Z” situation here.

Once the data for your Duolingo language is gone, it’s gone!

Alrighty, let’s get into how to start over on Duolingo, using either your mobile phone or your desktop computer (or laptop)!

Start Over on Duolingo
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How to Start Over on Duolingo – Using Your Phone & The Mobile App

I’ve restarted a language on Duolingo more than once (ahem), and it used to be that you couldn’t start over on Duolingo on your phone — you HAD to reset a language on your laptop or desktop computer.

Luckily, the Duolingo engineers realized that most of their learners are on the phone app (for years, I didn’t even know using desktop was an option!!). I think it’s much easier to start over on Duolingo using the mobile app, but I could be biased!

Here are the simple steps (with screenshots!) to restart a language on Duolingo.

Step #1: Tap the profile icon in the top left hand corner

How to Start Over on Duolingo
For the first step to delete a language on Duolingo and restart it, you need to go to your profile (This image is of my progress learning French on Duolingo)

Step #2: Tap the gear icon in the top righthand corner (this will take you to settings)

How to Start Over on Duolingo
Next, you’ll hit the little gearbox in the upper righthand corner to start over on Duolingo

Step #3: Tap “Manage Courses”

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Scroll down a bit, and hit “Manage Courses”

Step #4: Tap the minus sign on the course you wish to delete

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Hit the handy dandy “minus” button! (Here, I actually deleted Italian, but it was easiest to circle the red minus button by Chinese!)

Step #5: Tap the red “REMOVE” button (note the warning!)

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Next, hit the red “REMOVE” button! Be sure to read the warning – “Be careful, deleting a language gets rid of all your progress and cannot be undone.”

“Be careful, deleting a language gets rid of all your progress and cannot be undone.”

Duolingo Warning Message

Step #6: You may have to verify your email

How to Start Over on Duolingo
When I was taking screenshots for this tutorial, Duolingo prompted me to first confirm my email! This may happen to you, as well! (Here I blurred out my email for privacy!)

Step #7: Confirm the deletion of the course

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If you had to verify your email, you’ll see this screen again! No big!

Step #8: Restart the language by adding it to your profile

How to Start Over on Duolingo
Now to restart a language, you need to manually readd the language to your account! Head back to your profile and click on the drop down menu that shows courses. Then hit “Add a course”

Step #9: Decide whether to test out of levels or fully start the language over

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You’re almost done! Now that you’ve restarted a course on Duolingo, you get to decide whether to take a test to skip some of the basics, or start from the very beginning! Congrats!

How to Start Over on Duolingo – Desktop Computer

Ok, here are the instructions on how to start over on Duolingo on your Desktop computer. It’s pretty similar to the app, but not exactly the same!

Step #1: Mouse over your profile image, then hit “settings” on the dropdown menu

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This menu was on the left hand side of my screen!

Step #2: On the menu on the far right, hit “Manage Courses”

How to Start Over on Duolingo

Step #3: Click “remove” on the course you want to remove

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This menu was in the middle-ish of my screen!

Step #4: Similar to deleting a language on Duolingo on the mobile app, you will need to confirm you want to delete the language! Be sure to note the warning message – once you’ve deleted your progress on a language, it’s gone!!

How to Start Over on Duolingo

“Be careful, deleting a language gets rid of all your progress and cannot be undone.”

Duolingo Warning Message

Step #5: Hit he flag at the top of your screen then hit “Add a new course.” You’ll then be able to select the language you want to restart on Duolingo!

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This button was at the top of my screen!

Do you really need to restart a language on Duolingo?

In this blog post, I shared how to start over on Duolingo, specifically how to TOTALLY reset and restart a language on the learning platform.

BUT, before you do that — I encourage you not to give up on your progress! Recently, I booted up Duolingo again to learn French (I took a couple of years of French, in 8th and 9th grade), and instead of TOTALLY starting over, I decided to just review all of the lessons. I figured if I got stuck, I could always totally start over on Duolingo.

I’m glad I did this, because it turns out — I remembered a LOT!

What to read next —>

I’ve written a few guides and posts on Duolingo, and here are a few I think you’ll enjoy!

  1. How Long Does it Take To Finish a Language on Duolingo?
  2. How to Earn XP Fast on Duolingo – My Tips | My 7 Tips
  3. How to Learn Arabic on Duolingo

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