Langer was named as captain during the first round of last week's Irish Open and admitted he had had little time to weigh his options.
'It was kind of a surprise that I found out that quickly. I thought it would happen in another week or so,' Langer told the Press Association.
'I will think about vice-captain and other help I might need in the next few weeks and months, there is no immediate rush to make that decision.
Langer, in Malmo for the Scandinavian Masters which starts on Thursday, added: 'I played in 10 Ryder Cups as a player and I took a lot of time to think whether I should have another go at playing or whether I want to contend as a captain.'
'I haven't been playing great this year but I'm not planning to quit - I love golf and I look forward to the Seniors Tour.'
'It was not easy but I came up with the conclusion that it's the right time for me to be captain and I was very pleased with the support I got from the committees.
'I understand it was unanimous which is great news for me and I'm very excited about the challenge.'