7 most awesome and useful things you can do with Google Translate

Here are the 7 most awesome and useful things you can do with Google Translate on your smartphone.


One of the first ways you should improve Google maps is to download all the languages you need to your phone. If you’re going to use Google Translate while traveling, you won’t always have a stable internet connection. Downloading languages ensures you can translate wherever you are.

To do so, tap the menu icon and choose Offline translation. This brings up a list of all available languages. Note that not every language that Google Translate supports is available for download.

To download a language, tap it on the list. You’ll see how much space it will take up on your phone, along with how much storage you have available. Languages tend to take up around 40 to 50MB each.

The top of the Offline translation screen lists your downloaded languages. Tap the trash can to remove one from your phone.

Language packs occasionally need updating. If so, you’ll see a notification on the main screen of Google Translate, from which you can update with a tap.


The original feature of Google Translate is the ability to type something and have it translated to another language of your choosing. Do this from the main screen of Google Translate.

To the left is the language you type in. If you need to change this, tap it to select an alternative language from the list. Choose Detect Language to have Translate decide automatically.

To the right is the language you want your text to translate to. Again, tap this to select a language from the list. Use the arrows in the middle to flip the languages.

When you’re ready, tap into the text field and begin typing.


You can also write on the screen, let Google Translate detect what you’ve written, and then translate it into another language.

Tap Handwriting to use this feature. Simply start writing in the Write here box.

It’s pretty good at detecting even the worst of handwriting. As you write, the sentence translate above. If it detects the wrong word, select the right one from above the writing box.


Written translation is great, but what happens when you actually need to talk to someone? Don’t worry: Google Translate has you covered there too.

A neat feature lets you chat back and forth with someone. Translate will detect the speech through your phone’s microphone, and then display the translation on the screen.

To begin, tap Conversation. If you want, you can tap the wave icon to bring up a card that explains what you’re doing to the other person. Otherwise, in the bottom corners of the screen, set the language that you and the other person speak.

Each person can tap the microphone icon for their respective language when they want to talk. The translation will appear in real-time above. Alternatively, cut out the back and forth by using the Auto function—though ensure you don’t talk over each other else the system might get confused.

Tap the speaker icon to hear a translation spoken aloud.


Another really cool feature is translation of real-world text using your camera. To begin, set the two languages at the top and tap Camera.

Point your camera at the text you want to translate and it’ll do it within the picture. Bear in mind the system isn’t perfect. It works best when detecting simple fonts, like those you might find on a sign or menu.

Tap the flash icon if you need more light, or the pause icon to freeze the image. Hit the camera icon to save the image to your phone, or the gallery icon to choose an existing photo you want to translate.


If there are phrases you need to translate often, save yourself time by storing them in the Phrasebook.

Whenever you translate something, it’s recorded in a list on the main screen of Google Translate. Tap the star icon to save it to your Phrasebook.

To access your saved translations, tap the menu icon and then tap Phrasebook. Here you can use the search icon to find a specific translation and tap the star icon to remove something from the list.


You may also need to translate text that you come across on your phone. Don’t worry—you’re covered for that too.

In Google Translate, tap the menu icon > Settings > Tap to Translate. Slide Enable on. Now when you copy text from any app, a Google Translate icon will float on the screen. Tap this to get an instant translation.

You can also translate within Chrome. Highlight some text and tap Translate from the context menu.

Finally, if you receive text messages in foreign language, you can translate these all from Google Translate itself. Tap the menu icon and then tap SMS translation. This will bring up a list of all your SMS messages. Tap one to have it translated.

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So cool

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WOW, so helpful, thank you for sharing

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