The new iteration of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iOS 14, brings plenty of new features to the table. One of them is the Apple Translate app, which is a brand new translation software that makes communication easier between you and others speaking a different language that isn’t English. It also helps you read text that you can’t otherwise read.
Like other translator apps, Apple Translate can process not only voice snippets but also typed texts. Thanks to the Neural Engine built into Apple’s newer A-series chipsets, the app can auto-identify spoken language and translate it to a target language.
If you have an iPhone and recently upgraded your device to iOS 14, check out this guide to learn how to use the Apple Translate app.
Languages supported by the Apple Translate app
At launch, the Apple Translate app supports 11 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
You can also download offline language packs on your device to perform translations without connected to the internet. More on that later.
Where to find the Apple Translate app
If you have hundreds of apps installed on your iPhone, you probably won’t find the new Translate app in one go. Instead of scrolling through the pages on the iOS Home Screen, follow the steps below to find the app.
- Open up the Search menu by dragging down the top section of your iPhone’s screen.
- Use the keyboard to type “Translate” in the search field. The app should show up on the screen before you even finish typing the full name.
The Apple Translate app icon has a globe with text bubbles in two different languages.
How to use the Apple Translate app
The Apple Translate app works in either portrait or landscape mode. Based on which orientation you are holding your phone, the options on the screen should be a little bit different.
- In portrait mode, the top section of the screen shows the source and target language, followed by the phrase you wish to translate and the translated text. On the bottom section of the app, you see the text field for entering the phrase, alongside the microphone button for voice search.
- When you hold your iPhone in landscape mode, the source text is shown on the left, with the translated text on the right. This time around, you only have the microphone button for inputting text via voice search.
When you use Translate for the first time, you will need to grant the app a few permissions. Apple will also ask you whether you want to improve Siri & Dictation or not. Approving it is totally optional.
Now that the Translate app is ready to go, here’s how you can translate with it:
- The default source language should be the same as the one you have set on your iPhone. However, you can tap the first tab and choose your preferred language.
- Next, tap the second tab and select the language you wish to translate to.
- After typing the source phrase, tap the ‘go’ key on the on-screen keyboard. You should soon see the translated version of the phrase.
- Instead of manually typing a text, you can also tap the microphone button and say it. Your iPhone will automatically transcribe what you said, then read the translation back to you in the chosen language.
- If you are holding your iPhone in landscape mode, tap the play button to repeat the translated phrase again.
- Before you show the translated text to another person, tap the expand icon on the bottom-left corner of the screen (in landscape mode). It’s called the Attention Mode, which expands the text so that it’s easier to read.
- You can click the chat bubble icon to return to the Translate menu.
That’s how you can use the Apple Translate app on iOS 14. The voice transcription can get a bit quirky sometimes, but you can always correct the text when necessary.
Also, you can mark translated phrases as favorites by tapping the star icon under them. The most recent translations you add to your favorites will show up at the top of the list.
How to use Apple Translate via Siri
Using Siri, you can quickly translate phrases without opening the Apple Translate app. Here’s how to do it:
- Say “Hey Siri” to activate Siri, followed by “Translate this sentence for me” when it’s in listening mode.
- Siri will prompt you to choose the language to translate into, then ask you to say the sentence you wish to translate.
- Once Siri transcribes what you said, you will see the translated phrase, with a play button next to it.
You can tap the play button to listen to the translated phrase. Since the translation shows up as a notification card, you can swipe to dismiss it.
How to use Apple Translate offline
It’s possible that you are traveling to a location where you may not have Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. In such cases, you can download the necessary language packs on your iPhone to translate in offline mode. The following steps will show you how to get them:
- When selecting a target language in the Translator app, scroll down past the languages to the Available Offline Languages row.
- Tap the download icon right next to the language you want to do.
Assuming that you are connected to Wi-Fi, it shouldn’t take more than a minute to download. You can also delete the language pack anytime.
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