The Google Translate app for iOS and Android devices offers powerful and impressive machine translation capabilities. It is a free download


Translate Features

Google Translate for Android and iOS offer similar features:


  • You can point your device's camera to a image with text (from a street sign or menu for example), and the Translate app will automatically translate the text and overlay the translated text on the screen.  This is the technology from Word Lens which Google acquired some time ago. Instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. This works without Internet access.
  •  For other languages not supported Google Translate app can still scan a photo taken from your phone and to get a translation of it in 37 languages.


  • words or phrases can be translated by typing them into app. This requires Internet access, however a phrasebook of past translations can be stored for viewing when you're offline.


  • Google Translate can interpret spoken words or phrases and can speak the translated text. This can allow for two persons to have a bilingual conversation where Google Translate can listen to either language and speak an interpreted version in the other language. This requires Internet access.


  • if you don't know how to type characters, you can draw characters on your device's screen and see their translation. This requires Internet access


See Google Translate Help for more details on how to use those features.

Special features of the Google Translate for Android

Google Translate for Android offers additional features:



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