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 that you want to translate.

  1. Open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. At the top left, tap the Down arrow Down arrow and then the language from which you’re translating.
  3. At the top right, tap the Down arrow Down arrow and then the language into which you want to translate.
  4. At the top right, tap Handwrite Handwriting.
    • If the button is greyed out, handwriting doesn’t work for that language.
  5. Under 'Write here', draw a character, word or phrase. When you stop drawing, Translate shows 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’ve finished, tap Translate Translate.

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

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