If you receive a message in a language you can't read, Gmail can instantly translate it in just one click, giving you a general understanding of the message.
How does it work?
How do I change the language that my messages are translated into?
When Gmail detects that one of your messages is in a language other than your default language, you'll see a box at the top of the message. Click the link that says Translate message
, and your message will be translated.
To see the original untranslated text, click View original message.
I don’t need to translate messages. How to I turn this feature off?
By default, your messages will be translated into whatever language your Gmail is displayed in. To change the display language, follow these steps:
- Click the gear in the top right.
- Select Settings.
- In the "Language:" section, select a language in the "Display language" drop-down menu.
This feature is awesome! Can all messages be automatically translated?
If you're multilingual and don’t need to translate messages that are written in a language that you already understand, just click on Turn off for:
in the translation box at the top of the message.
For example, let’s say you're prompted to translate a French message to English, but you’re also fluent in French. Just click on the Turn off for: French link.
How do I turn off automatic translation of messages?
If you’d like to always automatically translate messages from a particular language, click on the Always translate:
link after you’ve translated the message.
For example, let’s say you received a Japanese email and clicked on Translate message. You'll now see a link that says, Always translate: Japanese. Clicking this link will ensure that all future Japanese messages will be automatically translated.
I don't see the translation box
If you’ve enabled automatic translation of messages for a particular language, but would like to turn it off, just click on the Don’t automatically translate for:
For example, let’s say you turned on automatic translation of Spanish messages. The next time you receive a Spanish message, click on the Don’t automatically translate for: Spanish link in the box to turn it off.
If you’ve accidentally turned off the feature for a particular language, or if the message is shorter than 30 characters, the box won’t be displayed.
But don’t worry, you can always bring the box back by clicking the down arrow next to the reply button, then selecting Translate message.