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. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Enter the text to translate.
  3. Pick the language to translate:
    • From: At the top left, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow and then the language.
    • To: At the top right, tap the Down Arrow Down Arrow and then the language.
  4. 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, such as Chrome or Firefox.

  1. Go to the Google Translate page.
  2. Pick the language to translate:
    • From: At the top left, tap the Down Arrow Down Arrow and then the language. If you're not sure, tap Detect language.
    • To: At the top right, tap the Down Arrow Down Arrow and then the language.
  3. Start entering text. The translation will show automatically. The more you enter, the more accurate your translation will be.

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

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

Listen to your translation

To hear your translation aloud, tap Listen Listen.

To change your translation voice settings:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2.  Tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Pick an option. For example:
    • To change accent, tap Region. Then pick a region.
    • To change speed, tap Speed. Then pick Normal, Slow or Slower.

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 alternative 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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