Translate text with Goggles

Google Goggles allows you translate text, simply by taking a picture.

Here's how to use the Translation feature:

  1. Point your phone at a word or phrase, and use the crop button to draw a box around the words you'd like to translate.
  2. Press the shutter button.
  3. If Goggles recognizes the text, it will give you the option to translate.
  4. Press the Translate button to select the source and destination languages.

Sometimes Goggles will make a mistake and not read the text correctly. If this happens, you can tap the text box to make any edits before submitting for translation.

Trying to take a picture of words on a computer won't work very well due to the graininess of the screen. For best results, take a picture of text from printed material, in good light, with the text neatly cropped.


Translation feature availability

Currently, Goggles can read English, French, Italian, German, Russian, or Spanish, and translate into any of the 40+ languages available at