Often you land on a webpage in a foreign language when browsing Safari. But don’t be intimidated or, worse, frustrated! Apple introduced the built-in webpage translation feature on Safari with iOS 14, and the concept has been extended to the latest iOS 15.
Thanks to this neat addition, you can now easily translate entire web pages in Safari without the need for any third-party help. Let me show you how it works!
- How to translate webpages in Safari operating in iOS 15 and 14
- How to translate Safari webpage in other languages
- Translate webpages in Safari in iOS 13
How to translate webpages in Safari operating in iOS 15 and 14
- Launch Safari and open the website you want to translate.
- Tap the AA icon from the address field and select Translate to English.
Note: If you are using the feature the first time, a pop-up will appear. Here, select Enable Translation to turn on the web page translation feature in Safari.
- Safari will immediately translate the page.
Note: If you want to revert to the original language, tap the translate icon and select View Original.
As per Apple, after the initial setup, Safari will auto-display a translate icon in the address field when you encounter a compatible web page.
Which languages can Safari translate?
Currently, Safari’s translation skills are a bit limited and can translate only into English, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Read on to know how you can include multiple language options for Safari webpage translation.
How to translate Safari webpage in other languages
By default, Safari will only translate into your device’s default language. However, you can also add other supported languages other than your device’s default one. Just follow these steps to learn how:
- Launch Settings.
- Tap General.
- Scroll down and tap Language and Region.
- Tap Add Language and add a Safari-supported language from the list.
Once done, go to Safari and try translating any webpage. You will notice that Safari will give you an option to translate to any of the added languages.
How to translate webpages in Safari in iOS 13
Safari translation was introduced with iOS 14. If your iPhone is running iOS 13, you will have to use a third-party language translator app to translate Safari webpages. I have used Microsoft Translator to illustrate the below method.
- Download Microsoft Translator.
- Go to Safari and open any website you’d like to translate.
- Tap the Share icon.
- Scroll down and tap Translator.
The webpage will translate into English.
If you do not see the ‘Translator’ option in the Share Sheet, tap Edit Actions, scroll down and tap the green plus icon for Translator.
Also, toggle it on. Finally, tap Done at the top right. Now, you will see the option to translate in the Share Sheet.
Translate a webpage into a different language in iOS 13
By default, Microsoft Translator translates the page to English. But what if you are a native French reader who stumbles across a Hindi website? Well, you can change the language of translation inside the app.
- Open the Microsoft Translator app → Tap the settings icon at the bottom right.
- Now, tap Safari Translation Language → Select your preferred language.
To go back and see the webpage in its original untranslated language, tap the page refresh icon from the top right. The website will reload in its native language.
There you go! This is how you can translate Safari webpages on iPhone to your preferred language. You can also use Google Lens on your Mac to translate text from images. Got more questions? Share them in the comments below.
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