Translate images

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

Translate text in photos

You can translate text from new photos and photos you’ve already taken in the Translate app.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Choose the language you want to translate to and from.
    • From: At the bottom left, choose a language or tap Detect language .
    • To: At the bottom right, choose a language.
  3. At the bottom of the text box, tap Camera .
    • To translate the whole text instantly: Tap Instant Instant.
    • To translate part of the document: Tap Scan Scan and then Capture .
    • To translate text from a photo you’ve already taken: At the bottom right, tap Import Import.
  4. Highlight the text you want to translate or tap Select all.

Help improve text recognition

The photos you scan and import in the Translate app get sent to Google for text recognition. You can choose to allow Google to keep the images for future product improvement.

To turn "Improve camera input" on or off: 

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Tap Menu  and then Settings Settings and then Data usage.
  3. Turn Improve camera input on or off.

Translate what you find through your camera

For some languages, you can point your phone’s camera at text to translate it.

Important: Translations of small, badly lit, or stylized text may not be accurate.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. If needed, choose the language you want to translate to and from.
    • From: At the bottom left, choose a language or tap Detect language .
    • To: At the bottom right, choose a language.
  3. Tap Camera and then Instant Instant.
  4. Point your camera at the text you want to translate.
    • If you can't scan the image, tap Capture .

Tip: If your translation is unclear, save the picture and select it from your gallery or camera roll.

Supported languages

You can translate these source languages into any of the languages supported by Google Translate.

Afrikaans
Albanian
Amharic
Arabic
Armenian
Azerbaijani
Basque
Belarusian
Bengali
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Cebuano
Chichewa
Chinese
(Simplified)
Chinese
(Traditional)
Corsican
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English
Esperanto
Estonian
Filipino
Finnish
French
Frisian
Galician
Georgian
German
Greek
Gujarati
Haitian Creole
Hausa
Hawaiian
Hebrew
Hindi
Hmong
Hungarian

Icelandic
Igbo
Indonesian
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Javanese
Kannada
Kazakh
Khmer
Kinyarwanda
Korean
Kurdish
(Kurmanji)
Kyrgyz
Lao
Latin
Latvian
Lithuanian
Luxembourgish
Macedonian
Malagasy
Malay
Malayalam
Maltese
Maori
Marathi
Mongolian
Myanmar
(Burmese)
Nepali
Norwegian
Odia (Oriya)
Pashto
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Samoan
Scots Gaelic
Serbian
Sesotho
Shona
Sindhi
Sinhala
Slovak
Slovenian
Somali
Spanish
Sundanese
Swahili
Swedish
Tajik
Tamil
Tatar
Telugu
Thai
Turkish
Turkmen
Ukrainian
Urdu
Uyghur
Uzbek
Vietnamese
Welsh
Xhosa
Yiddish
Yoruba
Zulu
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