Translate words and phrases by handwriting

You can draw letters or phrases and see their translation using the Translate app.

To resize the handwriting box, touch and hold Drag . Then move it higher or lower on the screen.

  1. Open the Translate app .
  2. Tap the top-left Down arrow Down Arrow and then tap the language you're translating.
  3. Tap the top-right Down Arrow Down Arrow and then tap the language to translate into.
  4. Tap Handwrite . If handwriting doesn't work for that language, the button is grayed out.
  5. In the box that says "Write here," draw a character, word, or phrase. When you stop drawing, Translate displays the closest match.
    • To add spaces between entries, tap Space Space.
    • To delete letters, tap Backspace Backspace.
    • To undo typing, tap Undo Undo.
  6. When you're done, tap Translate Translate.

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