How to translate web pages in Safari on iPhone and iPad

How to translate web pages in Safari

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

  1. Launch Safari and open the website you want to translate.
  2. 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.

    enable translation in ios 14 safari app on iphone
  3. Safari will immediately translate the page.

    translate webpages in ios 14 safari on iphone

Note: If you want to revert to the original language, tap the translate icon and select View Original.

revert to original from translated webpage in ios 14 safari app on iphone

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:

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Language and Region.
  4. Tap Add Language and add a Safari-supported language from the list.
Translate Safari webpage in other languages

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 Safari webpage in other 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.

  1. Download Microsoft Translator.

    Open App Store to Download Microsoft Translator on iPhone
  2. Go to Safari and open any website you’d like to translate.
  3. Tap the Share icon.
  4. Scroll down and tap Translator. 
    The webpage will translate into English.

    Open Safari Tap on Share and Select Translator

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.

Add Translator to Sharesheet on iPhone

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.

  1. Open the Microsoft Translator app → Tap the settings icon at the bottom right.

    Open Microsoft Translator App Settings
  2. Now, tap Safari Translation Language → Select your preferred language.

    Tap on Safari Translation Language and Select 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. Got more questions? Share them in the comments below.

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