How to Delete a Language from the Translate App on Your iPhone

Learn how to remove a language from your iPhone after you've downloaded it in the Apple Translate app.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

This article will tell you how to delete a Translate app download from your iPhone. Downloaded languages for offline use is a helpful feature of the new Translate app on the iPhone. It enables you to use the feature while offline, which is particularly useful when you are in another country and might not have the same internet or data access you have while at home. However, languages do take up room on your iPhone, and you might not want a whole language database stored once you're back from the place you were traveling. It's easy to remove a downloaded language, and only takes a moment to do. Let's learn how. To learn more about how to get the most out of new iOS 14 features, check out or Tip of the Day.

Related: How to Use the Apple Translate App

How to Delete a Downloaded Language from the Translate App

  1. Open the Translate app.
  2. Tap either the top left or top right language button. It doesn't matter which one, as both will take you to the same menu.

  3. Scroll down to Available Offline Languages.
  4. Swipe left on the language you want to remove. You can either swipe all the way to the left or press Delete once it appears to delete the language.

  5. The language will appear again in the Available Offline Languages menu, but have a download symbol next to it rather than a checkmark.
  6. If you wish to download it again, simply tap the download arrow and it will be added again to your phone.

Now that you've mastered languages on your iPhone, learn how to switch keyboards on a MacBook.

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.


Author Details

Amy Spitzfaden–Both's picture

Author Details

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.