Translate images

You can use your phone’s camera to translate text in the world around you with the Translate app. For example, you can translate signs or handwritten notes.

Learn which languages you can translate using your camera

Find out which Google Translate features work in each language.

Translate using your camera

For some languages, you can translate text just by pointing your phone’s camera lens. Translations of small, badly lit, or stylized text could be less accurate.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. At the top left, tap the language shown and then the language you’re translating.
  3. At the top right, tap the language shown and then a language you read.
  4. Tap Instant translate Instant translate. If it’s not there, tap Take photo Take photo.
  5. Point your camera at the text you want to translate.
    • If you’ve downloaded the language and it’s available for instant translation, any text on your screen is translated.
    • To turn on instant translation, tap Toggle instant translation Toggle instant translation. You could be asked to download the language.
    • If instant translation isn’t available or you can’t download the language, tap Take photo Take photo. Then use your finger to highlight the text you want.

Notes: To pause the camera, at the bottom right, tap Pause Pause. To resume, tap Play Resume. For some languages, like Arabic, the icon could be different.

Translate images already on your device

You can translate text in photos you’ve already taken.

  1. Open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. At the top left, tap the language shown and then the language you’re translating.
  3. At the top right, tap the language shown and then a language you read.
  4. Tap Instant translate Instant translate.
  5. Tap Import Import picture.
  6. Choose the photo you want to translate.
  7. Use your finger to highlight the text you want to translate.

Turn "Improve camera input" on or off

When "Improve camera input" is on, Google Translate saves the text images you translate to improve the product.
Note: This setting is turned on only if you approved it when you installed the app or if you turned it on from the settings menu.
Here's how to turn it on or off:
  1. Open the Google Translate app Translate app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Settings and then Camera input.
  3. Turn Improve camera input on or off.

 

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