How to use the translation tools in iOS 14 for easier communication and website translation
Translate website content from one language to another, or learn how to use the Translate app in iOS 14 to communicate more effectively between two non-native speakers on the go.
Apple is embracing Google Translate and other translation services and facilities by creating its own translation integration in iOS 14. iOS 14 has a new app on iPhone that allows you to translate easily blocks text or speech into one of the supported languages, or use Safari on iOS 14 on an iPhone or iPad to translate websites into another supported language.
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The best part about Apple's translation app and service is that it's not really a service - instead, the translation is done on a device, which makes it easy to download certain languages and between -translate voice, text, or conversations when in a confined area of a cell. (often when traveling abroad).
I will go over how to use both of these tools to make communication easier between two non - native (or website content). Plus, it's all built into your device with no extra steps required.
How to get the Apple Translate app
By default, the Apple translate app is installed on your iPhone when you upgrade to iOS 14; however, if you delete the app, you can easily reset it from the App Store by searching for “Apple Translate” in the search and reinstall area by tapping the download button, or by going to this App Store link.
How to translate text with the Apple Translate app
Text, words, and small paragraphs are usually the things that need to be translated quickly while reading or conversing quickly with someone. The Apple Translate app can easily handle this task.
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When you open the Translate app you will quickly enter "Enter Text". The two buttons at the top allow you to switch between the entered language text and the language to which the text should be translated (Figure A.).
Select from languages by tapping the left button and select language (you can choose from Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Plain Chinese, UK English, US English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish).
By default, the app automatically detects the language you entered, but you can disable this feature by tapping the language button at the top, then scrolling to the bottom and turn off the toggle for "Automatic Authentication."
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When entering text and translating (Figure A.), you will be given a card that shows the translation at the top of the screen, and you will be able to translate your favorite later by tapping on the star icon; Clicking on the book icon will display a dictionary view that will allow you to use individual words to find the definition - useful when the translation takes you to a word you do not know; finally, by tapping the Play button Siri recites the translated text back to you.
Any favorable text will appear in the "Favorites" button available from the bottom of the screen; this scene also showcases recent translations made in the app as well.
How to translate conversations with Apple Translate app
One of the most advanced capabilities of the Translate app is the ability to use your device to enable personal communication, allowing two non-native speakers to chat in real time.
Enter this mode by turning your device into a landscape. Two large blocks of text appear, one for you (left), and one for the other speaker (right). Tap on the microphone icon to start the chat process (Figure B.).
As you speak, the text will be automatically translated into the second language so that the non - native speaker can read what you have said in their own language. They can then tap the microphone image and speak in their native language, and their text will be transcribed into your language so you can read and respond. During the translation process, the other speaker can tap the play button to speak the translation in their language. You can continue this process and make near real-time communication in person.
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You can also use this feature to easily get someone's attention (for example, ordering in a non-native restaurant). Rotate your device to landscape, tap the microphone icon to speak, and then tap the extension icon at the bottom left. The translated text will be displayed in full screen for easier viewing (Figure C.).
How to download languages for offline translation
The Apple Translate app works well for communication, but what if you want to import the app to a country or location where you do not have cellular service to do the translation? Fortunately, Apple has thought about this and has a solution: You can download the supported languages and take them with you in offline mode.
To download the supported languages to your device and use them in offline mode, simply tap on the language selection at the top of the screen, then scroll to the bottom section labeled "Offline Languages available "(some languages may not be available in offline mode, but those that are supported are listed here) (Figure D.).
Tap on the download button next to the languages you want to download, and when the process is complete, the translation can be handled when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi connection available with your iOS device . If you want to delete the downloaded language, just swipe left on the name, then select "Delete."
How to translate websites with Safari on iOS and iPadOS 14
As you browse the web, you may come across websites that are written in a different language. When this happens, you can copy and paste the text between the website and the Translate app, or be difficult and just move on to another website. There's a better way, though, since Apple has integrated into Safari's iOS and iPadOS 14 web browser.
When you come across a website that is written in a different language than your own, you can translate the entire website into your own language for easier reading by making the follows:
- Select the text button inside the left side of the address / search bar
- Select "Translate to X" (where X is the language your device is set to) (Figure E.)
After doing this, the website will reload and translate the fly into the language of your device. This feature is currently in Beta, so if you encounter an issue with the translation process, you can report issues directly to Apple by tapping the text button again and pressing select "Report Translation Issue." The URL will be sent to Apple, which will use the report to make this feature more robust in the future.