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

In the Translate app, you can translate text from images on your phone. For some languages, you can also translate text you find through your camera.

Important: Translations of small, badly lit, or stylized text may not be accurate.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Translate app Translate app.
  2. Beneath the text box, tap Camera .
  3. You can choose to translate text from an image on your phone, or from text you find through your camera.
    • To translate text from an image on your phone: At the bottom right, tap Import .
    • To translate what you find through your camera: Point your camera at the text you want to translate. At the bottom center, tap Shutter Button .
  4. At the top, select the languages you want to translate to and from.
    • If you want the app to detect the language automatically, tap Detect language.

Work with translated text

Once the text in the image is translated, at the bottom of the screen, you can copy the text, have it read aloud, or send it to Translate Home.

  1. Click  to select text and access the options below.
  2. Once the text is selected, you can choose from the following options:
  • To copy text: Tap Copy Text .
  • To listen to the translation: Tap Listen .
    • You can adjust the camera sound with the controls on your device.
  • To send the text to Translate Home: Tap Send to Translate Home Translate.
    •  If you send the text to Translate Home, you can continue to edit the text as you like.
  • To find search results: Click Google app, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Get the best results

To get the best translation results for your photos:

  • Check that the “Translate from” and “Translate to” languages are correct.
  • Use a strong network connection.
  • In low light, at the top left tap Camera Flash .
  • Use clear and commonly used fonts for best results.

Send feedback

To send feedback, at the top right, tap More "" and then Send Feedback.

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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