Translate speech & text on your Pixel phone

You can translate live text conversations and videos on your Pixel 6 and later, including Fold. Learn how to ask the Google Assistant to translate your conversation with interpreter mode.

Turn on Live Translate

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap System and then Live Translate.
  3. Turn on Use Live Translate. By default, Live Translate will be on.
  4. Optional: To set a new default target language:
    1. Tap Translate to.
    2. Select a language.
    3. Tap Select Language.
  5. Optional: Add more source languages:
    1. Tap Add a language.
    2. Select a language.
    3. Tap Select Language.

Languages supported with Live Translate

  • Chat: AR, DA, DE, EN, ES, FA, FR, HI, IT, JP, KO, NL, PL, PT, RU, SV, TH, TR, VI, zh_CN, and zh-TW
  • Media: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, and JP
  • Interpreter Mode: DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, and JP

Translate text messages

When you turn on Live Translate, you can translate text messages on some chat apps. All translations take place on-device.

To switch between the original and your chosen language, tap the language bubble.

To update language preferences:

  1. Open a text conversation that’s in another language.
  2. Tap the translate chip.
  3. In the Drop-down Dropdown, update the translation languages.

To translate a single message:

  1. Open a text message that’s in another language.
  2. Touch and hold to select text.
  3. Tap Copy .
  4. Tap Translate copied text.

Tip: To translate the full page, tap the Drop-down menuDropdown and then Translate full page.

Translate text with your camera

You can translate text you find on things like menus and signs using your camera.

  1. On your Pixel search bar, tap Lens Google Lens.
  2. Take a photo of the words you want to translate.

Translate captions on media

To switch caption languages on media like videos, podcasts, video calls, and audio messages, tap the live caption. To turn on live caption, press the volume button and tap Live Caption Live Caption Subtitles. Learn more about Live Caption.

Display live translations in interpreter mode on your Pixel Fold

You can use Google Assistant on your Pixel phone to turn on interpreter mode, then show your translation to another person. Learn more about how to translate conversations with interpreter mode.

Important: To make sure that the translation is correct when you use dual screen, make sure you don't cover the microphone.

To translate through Google Assistant:

  1. Unfold your phone.
  2. Say “Hey Google” and a command, such as:
    • ”Be my Italian interpreter."
    • “How do I say ‘house’ in Spanish?”
    • “Turn on interpreter mode.” Select a language to translate to.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Dual screen and then Mic .
  4. Speak in your own language. The outer screen shows a translation of what you’re saying to the other person.

To stop translations on the outer screen, you can:

  • Tap the dual screen button again
  • Switch apps
  • Close apps
  • Fold your phone
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