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How to translate web pages in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Have you landed on a webpage in a foreign language when browsing Safari but can’t read it? Though many translation tools are available, Safari also offers a built-in translation feature to understand web pages in different languages. So, you don’t need to install any third-party tools or extensions. Let’s learn how to translate a webpage in Safari on iPhone and iPad.

How to translate a webpage in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Safari supports translation to Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Just check for the “Translation Available” popup in the address bar to ensure the website offers translation. Now, follow the steps below to translate web pages in Safari on iOS:

  1. Open Safari → Go to the webpage you want to translate.
  2. Tap the AA icon located in the address bar.
  3. Select Translate to [language].
  4. For the first time, tap Enable Translation. All web pages of that website will now be translated into the selected language.

    tap aa icon, select translate language, tap enable translation in safari

Note: If you want to revert to the original language, tap the translate icon and select View Original. Also, if you think the translation is inaccurate, select Report Translation Issue. Safari will send the web page’s content to Apple’s server to review the content translation.

tap translation icon, select view original in safari

How to add preferred languages to Safari webpage translation on iPhone

By default, Safari will only translate into your device’s default language. However, you can add other supported languages rather than your device’s default one.

  1. Launch Settings → Go to General.
  2. Select Language and Region.

    tap general, language and region in settings
  3. Tap Add Language and choose a Safari-supported language.
  4. Select Use [your default language].
    It will restart your iPhone to update the languages.

    tap add language, select a language, tap use system language in settings
  5. Go to the desired website and tap the AA icon on the address bar.
  6. Select Translate Website → Choose your preferred language.

    tap aa icon, translate website, choose a language in safari

Why is my translate button missing in Safari on iPhone?

Are you using iOS 13? If yes, you don’t have the built-in translation feature. Therefore, you must install third-party language translators like Microsoft Translator or Translator Safari extension. Now, use these Safari extensions on your iPhone and translate any web page to your preferred language.  

If you use iOS 17, the translation option may be missing because your device language is set to the same language as the webpage you want to translate. Besides, the website may be incompatible with Safari’s translation tool or not support your preferred language.

If you still see the translate button missing on Safari, you can clear your cache and browsing history or reset your iPhone. Alternatively, use a Safari translator extension and enjoy content in your native language.

How to use translator extensions in Safari on iPhone

There are multiple Safari extensions to accomplish the same. Here, I have used Microsoft Translator to illustrate the below method.

  1. Download Microsoft Translator.
  2. Go to Safari and open any website you’d like to translate.
  3. Tap the Share icon.
  4. Select Translator
    The webpage will be translated into English. You can change the language of translation inside the app.

    Open Safari Tap on Share and Select Translator

If you do not see the ‘Translator’ option in the Share Sheet, tap Edit Actions, locate, and tap the green plus icon for Translator. Also, toggle on Translator. Finally, tap Done. Now, you will see the option to translate in the Share Sheet.

To add other languages to the Microsoft Translator extension, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Microsoft Translator app → Tap the settings icon at the bottom right.
  2. Now, tap Safari Translation Language → Select your preferred languages.

So, that’s all for today, folks!

Thanks to the embedded translation feature, you can now easily translate a webpage in Safari without leaving the website. You can also use Google Lens on your Mac to translate text from images. What’s your preferred language to consume content? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Ava

    Ava is a die-hard Apple aficionado and seasoned writer with a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into easily digestible content. Having honed her writing and editing skills over 3 years at renowned media houses like TechBurner, Ava crafts informative and engaging articles including troubleshooting guides, product reviews, editorials at iGeeksBlog. When not typing, you can find her exploring the latest Apple releases or pondering the future of tech innovation.

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