Translate written words

You can translate words or phrases using the Google Translate app, or use Google Translate on the web through your browser.

Translate text using the Google Translate app

  1. Open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Enter or paste the text to translate.
  3. At the top left, tap the language and then the text's original language.
  4. At the top right, tap the language and then the language to translate into.
  5. You'll see an automatic translation. If not, tap Translate Translate.

Tip: To see your translation in full screen mode, turn your device sideways.

Translate text using Google Translate on the web

You can use Translate using your phone's web browser, like Chrome or Safari.

  1. Go to the Google Translate page.
  2. At the top left, tap the Down Arrow Down Arrow and then the language to translate from. If you're not sure, tap Detect language.
  3. At the top right, tap the Down Arrow Down Arrow and then the language to translate into.
  4. Start typing. The translation will show automatically. The more you type, the more accurate your translation will be.

Note: To use Google Translate in your mobile browser, you need Javascript turned on. Learn how to turn on Javascript in Chrome.

If you don't see an automatic translation, tap Translate Translate.

Listen to your translation

To hear your translation aloud, tap Listen Listen.

Translate longer text

Google Translate now uses technology that gives better translations. You can use it to translate whole sentences and phrases in context.

Because sentences are now translated in context, you can no longer see alternate translations for a word or phrase. Instead, select the entire sentence or text block.

There is a character limit on the amount of text that can be translated at one time. Translate longer texts using documents.

Note: This feature isn’t available in all languages.

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