Translate with Google Pixel Buds

With the assistance of your Google Pixel Buds, you can easily converse with someone who doesn’t speak your language.

What you'll need:

  • A first generation Pixel or Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel Buds that are currently connected to your phone
  • The most up-to-date version of the Google Translate app
  • The latest version of the Google app
Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Pixel phones.
For a list of languages to translate, go here.
The Google Assistant on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Android and requires an Assistant-enabled Android device and data connection. For minimum requirements, go to https://g.co/pixelbuds/help.

Translate without Google Assistant

Step 1: Select your languages 

  1. Open the Translate app
  2. In the top left corner, choose which language will be spoken into the Pixel Buds.
  3. In the top right corner, choose the language that will be spoken into the phone as a reply.
  4. Tap the microphone in the center of the card to begin conversation mode.

Step 2: Begin your conversation

  1. Touch & hold the right earbud.
  2. Start speaking in the language listed under the headset icon.
  3. Release your finger from the right earbud when finished.

Your phone will then translate what you said in your selected language, so the other person can understand it.

Step 3: Receive a response

  1. Hold your finger on the microphone iconClick or touch microphone to record sound on tours in your Google Translate app.
  2. After the chime, have the other person respond back to you in the language listed under the microphone icon.
  3. When they're done responding, release your finger from the microphone iconClick or touch microphone to record sound on tours.

When the second person is done speaking, their response will be translated into your language and played back to you in your ears via your Google Pixel Buds.

Translate with Google Assistant

Step 1: Ask Google Assistant to help translate on Google Pixel Buds

Note: A Google account is required for access to all features listed in this step.

  1. While you are wearing Google Pixel Buds, touch & hold the right earbud to invoke your Google Assistant.
  2. Tell you Google Assistant to help you interpret a language. For example, say "Help me interpret Spanish."

This will launch Google Translate in conversation mode with the pair of your default language and the language that you request.

Step 2: Begin your conversation

  1. Touch & hold the right earbud.
  2. Start speaking in the language listed under the headset icon.
  3. Release your finger from the right earbud when finished.

Your phone will then translate what you said in your selected language, so the other person can understand it.

Step 3: Receive a response

  1. Hold your finger on the microphone iconClick or touch microphone to record sound on tours in your Google Translate app.
  2. After the chime, have the other person respond back to you in the language listed under the microphone icon.
  3. When they're done responding, release your finger from the microphone iconClick or touch microphone to record sound on tours.

When the second person is done speaking, their response will be translated into your language and played back to you in your ears via your Google Pixel Buds.

 Learn more about which languages the Google Pixel Buds support here.

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