How to Use the Translate App for iPhone in iOS 14

The Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows you to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech output, support for a dozen languages, and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it’s an essential tool for travelers or students.

The Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows you to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech output, support for a dozen languages, and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it’s an essential tool for travelers or students.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

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Locate the App

First, let’s locate the Translate app. From your first Home screen, swipe right to open Today View. Now, type “translate” into the search bar that appears, then tap the Apple Translate icon (the first one in my example). If this is the first time to launch the Translate app, you will be presented with a few introductory screens; just follow the instructions to start the app. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Apple Translate app

When Translate opens, make sure you are in translate mode by tapping the Translate button at the bottom of the screen. See below image:

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Accessing Translate button

Select the Languages

Next, you willl need to choose the language pair using the two buttons at the top of the screen.

The button on the left sets the source language, and the button on the right sets the destination language. See following image:

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Accessing Source and Destination lanuguage

Just tap either language to select your source or destination language. When finished, tap Done in upper right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Selecting your languages

Translation by Text

Now it’s time to enter the phrase you would like to translate. If you would like to type it with an on-screen keyboard, tap the Enter Text area on the main Translate screen. See below image:

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The text input area

Your screen will display an on-screen keyboard. Type in what you would like to translate , then tap Go at the bottome right-hand corner. See Following image:

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Entering text to translate

Translation by Voice

Another method is to speak the phrase that needs translation. Just tap the Microphone icon at the bottom on the main Translate screen. Refer to below image:

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Accessing microphone

When the screen changes, say the phrase you would like to translate out loud. As you speak, Translate will recognize the words and write them out on your screen. See below image:

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The translated text

When you are finished, you will see the resulting translation on the main screen, just below the phrase you spoke or entered.

Favorites and Dictionary

At the bottom of your screen, you will see a toolbar. See following image:

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The Translate toolbar

If you press the Favorite button (which resembles a star), you can add the translation to your Favorites list. You can access it later by pressing the Favorites button at the bottom of the screen. Refer to below image:

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Saving to Favorites

If you press the Dictionary button (which resembles a book) in the toolbar, the screen will to switch to Dictionary mode. In this mode, you can tap each individual word in a translation to see what it means. The Dictionary can also help you explore possible alternative definitions for the selected word. See below image:

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Accessing the Dictionary

Playback

If you press the Play button (a triangle in a circle) in the toolbar, you can hear the translation result spoken aloud by a computer synthesized voice. See following image:

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Playback your translation

That’s it. I hope you find this helpful on your travels to other countries or as a student mastering a different language.

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