Translate & localize your app

To provide a localized experience for your users around the world, you can add translations for your app's Store Listing page, APK file, and in-app products on Google Play.

Add translations for Store Listing pages

When you add translations of your app's Store Listing page, users whose language preferences match the translation languages you've added will see your app's translated version. You can also add localized graphic assets for your Store Listing pages.

Note: If you don't add localized graphic assets for your Store Listing page when adding text translations, your app's graphic assets from its default language will be shown instead.

Add your own text translations & localized graphic assets
  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left menu, click Store Listing.
  4. Under "Product Details," click Manage translations > Add your own translation text.
  5. Choose a language.
  6. Add your translations.
  7. Near the top of the page, click Publish app (new apps) or Submit update (existing apps).
Purchase text translations

Using our App Translation Service, you can buy translation services from a professional third-party vendor. You'll work directly with the vendor to manage translations and address any support issues.

Note: Translations aren't available for all source and target language combinations.

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left menu, click Store Listing.
  4. Under "Product Details," click Manage translations > Purchase translations.
  5. Select the source language used in your original text.
  6. Under "Store Listing," review or add your text.
  7. Select target languages for translation.
  8. Complete your purchase.

Automated translations

After you publish an app on Google Play, automated translations of your app's Store Listing page are available to Google Play users. While it's best to use translations by native speakers, these translations are available as well.

If users visit your app's Store Listing on Google Play in a language that you haven't translated, they can choose to view an automated translation of your app's page. Near the top of the page, there will be a notification that explains the translation has been done automatically, along with an option to view the Store Listing in its default language instead.

Note: At this time, automated translations aren't available in Armenian, Raeto-romance, Tagalog and Zulu.

Purchase translations for APK text strings & in-app products

Using the App Translation Service, you can purchase professional translations of your APK strings and in-app items from a professional third-party vendor. You'll work directly with the vendor to manage translations and address any support issues.

Once you've added translations for your app's text strings, you can upload the translated APK file to Google Play and the translated version will be available to users whose language preferences match the translation languages you've added.

Note: Translations aren't available for all source and target language combinations.

APK text strings
  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left menu, click APK.
  4. Near the bottom of the page under "App Translation Service," click Start or check progress.
  5. Select the source language used in your original text.
  6. Under "APK," add your XML source file.
    • To upload screenshots and other documentation to help translators, check "Add images for context to help improve translation quality" and add files.
  7. Select target languages for translation.
  8. Complete your purchase.
In-app products

Purchase translations

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left menu, click In-app Products.
  4. Near the bottom of the page under "App Translation Service," click Start or check progress.
  5. Select the source language used in your original text.
  6. Under "In-app Products," choose what you want to translate.
  7. Select target languages for translation.
  8. Complete your purchase.
  9. Once your translations are completed, you'll receive an email notification.

Apply translations

After your translations are completed, here's how to apply your translations:

  1. Sign in to your Google Play Developer Console.
  2. Select an app.
  3. On the left menu, click In-app Products.
  4. Near the bottom of the page under "App Translation Service," click Start or check progress.
  5. Next to each language, click Apply.
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