Translate with handwriting or virtual keyboard

You can draw letters or phrases and see their translation using the Translate app. This is useful if your keyboard doesn’t use the letters or symbols you want to translate.

  1. Open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. At the top left, tap the language and then the language you’re translating from.
  3. At the top right, tap the language and then the language to translate into.
  4. Tap Draw Draw. If the button is grayed out, handwriting won’t work for that language.
  5. In the box that says "Write here," draw a character, word, or phrase. When you stop drawing, Translate shows the closest match.
    • To add spaces between entries, tap space.
    • To delete letters, tap Backspace Backspace.
  6. When you’re done, tap Translate Translate.
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