Tips & Tricks

Check out the tips below to help you get started with Google Translate.

Download languages to use on-the-go

You can download languages onto your device. This allows you to translate without an internet connection. 

To avoid slow downloads or extra data usage charges, download languages when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.

Learn how to download languages for use offline.

Translate what you find through your camera

You can use your phone’s camera to translate text in the world around you with the Translate app. For example, you can translate signs, menus, or handwritten notes.

Learn how to translate images.

Translate a conversation

The Translate app allows you to translate in near real-time while someone speaks a different language. For example, you can translate a classroom lecture or speech.

Learn how to translate a bilingual conversation.

Save favorite words & phrases

You can save your Google Translate history to find the meanings of words or phrases you regularly translate into your phrasebook.

Learn how to save translations.

Tap to translate in other apps

You can translate text without switching back and forth between Google Translate and another app you use.

Learn how to translate text in other apps.

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