How to use Apple Translate app on iPhone

How to use Apple Translate app on iPhone

The Translate app on the iPhone is always helpful for language lovers like me who like to travel. With the new iOS 16 update, the app has been made easier to use by adding new features. So, let's look at how to use the iPhone app Translate.

Languages supported by Translate app on iPhone

  • Arabic 
  • Chinese 
    (Mandarin–China mainland) 
  • Chinese 
  • Duch 
  • English (UK) 
  • English (US) 
  • French (France) 
  • German (Germany) 
  • Indonesian 
  • Italian (Italy) 
  • Japanese 
  • Korean 
  • Polish 
  • Portuguese (Brazil) 
  • Russian 
  • Spanish (Spain) 
  • Thai 
  • Turkish 
  • Vietnamese 


How to translate text, voice, and conversations on iPhone

Make sure you've chosen the languages you want to translate and that your internet connection is working before you start.

Translate text or voice in Translate app

  1. Launch the Translate app on your iPhone.
  2. Choose two languages from the dropdown.
    Select your source language in the first tab and your target language in the second.
  3. Then Enter text. Alternatively, you may press the microphonebutton and talk. 
    • You can choose between full screen, favorite, dictionary, and play buttons. 
    • You may Enter text or tap the microphone button to convert more sentences.
    • Tap three dots and select Detect Language or Play Translations as per your needs.How-to-use-the-Translate-app-on-iPhone-in-iOS-16


Translate text with iPhone camera view

If you see a sign or a menu written in a language you don't understand, you can use the Translate app's camera feature to get the translation you need. This is how:

  1. Select the Camera tab in the Translate app.
  2. Click a photo of the text, and voila!How-to-use-Camera-feature-on-Translate-app-

Note: You can also change the language from the dropdown menu above. You can also add an image you already have on your iPhone to translate its text.


Use Conversation mode in Translate app

  1. Launch the Translate app → Conversation tab. 
  2. Tap the microphone to speak. 
    The app will translate the spoken word/sentence.How-to-use-the-Translate-app-on-iPhone-in-iOS-16-

Note: To switch between Side by Side and Face to Face, tap the alignment icon in the bottom left corner.

Here, you can also tap the three dots to switch between Detect Language, Auto Translate, and Play Translation. During a chat, Auto Translate lets you translate without having to press the microphone button over and over. When you start talking or stop talking, your iPhone will know on its own.


How to use iPhone camera to translate text

  1. Launch the Camera app on your iPhone.
  2. Focus on the text you wish to translate and tap the live textbutton. 
  3. Tap > arrow to slide and select TranslateHow-to-translate-text-in-the-Camera-app-on-iPhone

You can switch between the translated languages. There are also options like "Play Translation," "Copy Translation," "Add to Favorites," and "Open in Translator." You can always check the text you marked as a favorite in the Favorites tab.


Translate text in images on iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app. 
  2. Choose the image with the text to be translated. 
  3. Tap and hold to select the text you wish to translate. 
  4. Tap Translate. ios-15-translate-photos


Use Siri to translate conveniently on iPhone

  1. Invoke Siri by saying, “Hey Siri.” 
  2. Say Translate (something you want to translate) to (language you want to translate)

When you tap the Siri card, the Translate app will open. You could also ask Siri to do this for me.


Turn on offline mode for Translate app on iPhone

Make sure that On-Device Mode is turned on if you want to use offline mode. To do this, go to Settings, then to Translate, and turn On-Device Mode on or off. Now let's look at how to get languages on the app.

  1. Launch the Settings app. 
  2. Scroll down to Translate
  3. Tap Downloaded Languages
  4. Hit the download button in front of the languages you need offline. How-to-use-the-Translate-app-offline-

Note: Make sure to download both your native language and the language you want to translate.

Swipe right to left in the Available Offline section and tap Delete to get rid of a language.



Q. How do I get Safari to automatically translate a page? 

Use your Mac's Safari browser to go to the website you want to translate. If the site can be translated, the Translate button will show up in the Smart Search area. Click on the Translate button to choose a language.

Winding Up… 

I really hope that my explanation of the Translate app has helped you understand it and learn more about it. Please tell me in the comments if you want me to talk about more apps like this.


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