Translate by handwriting

You can draw characters on your device's screen and see their translation. This is helpful for translating words when you don't know how to type the characters.

Translate by handwriting

Note: Some languages don't support handwriting. The handwriting button will be greyed out for these languages.

  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. On the Home screen, touch the language buttons at the top of the screen to select the languages to translate between.
  3. Touch the Handwrite icon .
  4. In the box that says "Write here," draw a character, word, or phrase.

Resize the handwriting box (Android only)

To make the handwriting box bigger or smaller, touch and hold the Drag icon and move it higher or lower on the screen.

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