5 Ways to Use the Apple Translate App for Voice, Text & Web Content

Learn to quickly translate websites, chat in conversation mode, quickly access your favorite phrases, and use the iOS dictionary.

The Apple Translate app is incredibly versatile, allowing users to translate pages in Safari, convert text messages to a different language, translate conversations, and save and access important phrases. The best part? Each of these translation functions can be accessed with just a few quick taps. 

Related: How to Use the Apple Translate App

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How to Translate a Page in Safari

The ability to translate entire web pages is now built into Safari. To take advantage of this feature, navigate to a page that doesn’t use a language you speak. Follow the steps below to translate the page to your desired language.

  1. Tap the double “A” icon next to your address bar.
  2. Then simply tap Translate to and select your language.
  3. If prompted, tap Enable Translation.

Translate Text

The Translate app’s core feature is its ability to translate typed text. With support for twelve language options, the app lets you enter a phrase in one language and then translates it to another, useful to travelers and language students alike. To do this:

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. Select the language you’re translating to and from (if you’ve set your iPhone’s language to English, it will appear as your default).
  3. Enter the phrase.
  4. Tap Go. The translation will appear in blue underneath the entered text.
  5. Tap Play for the spoken translation. You can also tap the microphone button to translate a spoken phrase.

Have a Bilingual Chat in Conversation Mode

For a more organic voice translation option, check out your iPhone's Conversation Mode. To use Conversation Mode:

  1. Select the language of the text that you would like translated.
  2. Scroll down on the languages list and make sure that Automatic Detection is toggled on. Tap Done.
  3. Then select the language you want the text translated to, and tap Done.
  4. To activate Conversation Mode, turn your phone sideways.
  5. Then just tap the microphone as each person talks and your iPhone will translate the conversation.

Quickly Access High Usage Phrases through Favorites

If you’re planning a trip and need to remember certain phrases, you’re sure to love the Favorites function. When you’ve translated a word or phrase, tap the star below the translation to save it to your Favorites. To access your Favorites, just tap the star at the bottom of the app to see recent and favorite phrases in both the original language and the translation.

Use the Dictionary to Translate Individual Words

Once you’ve translated a phrase, you might be curious about what a specific word in that translation means. Fortunately, there is a dictionary function that lets you look up not only the translation of a specific word but different forms and conjugations as well. Just tap the dictionary icon that looks like a book below the translated phrase, then tap the word you want to define. The dictionary entry will appear below, with plenty of detail to keep you informed and engaged. If you want to check a different word, just tap that and the entry will change. Easy!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.