Apple’s Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows iPhone users to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech data, support for a dozen languages and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it is an important tool for travelers. How to use it.
First look for the “Translate”; app. From the Home screen, swipe down with one finger in the center of the screen to open “Spotlight”. Type “translate” in the search field that appears, then tap the “Apple Translate” icon.
If you do not see the app in your results, you must first update your phone to iOS 14 or later.
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When Translate opens, you will see a simple interface with mostly white elements.
To translate something, you must first make sure you are in translator mode by pressing the “Translate” button at the bottom of the screen.
Then you have to select language pairs with the two buttons at the top of the screen.
The button on the left sets the language you want to translate from (the source language), and the button on the right sets the language you want to translate to (the destination language).
When you press the source language button, a list of languages appears. Select the language you want and then press “Done”. Repeat this operation with the destination language key.
After that, it’s time to enter the phrase you want to translate. To type it with an on-screen keyboard, tap the “Enter Text” area on the translation screen.
When the screen changes, type what you want to translate using the on-screen keyboard, then press “Go.”
Alternatively, if you want to speak the phrase that needs to be translated, tap the “Microphone” icon on the translation screen.
When the screen changes, say the phrase you want to translate aloud. As you speak, Translate will recognize the words and print them on the screen.
When you are done, you will see the resulting translation on the main screen, just below the phrase you spoke or typed.
Pay attention to the toolbar just below the translation results.
If you press the favorite button (which looks like a star), you can add the translation to your favorite list. You can quickly access the latter by pressing the “Favorites” button at the bottom of the screen.
If you press the “Dictionary” button (which looks like a book) in the toolbar, the screen will switch to dictionary mode. In this mode, you can tap each word in a translation to see what it means. The dictionary can also help you explore possible alternative definitions for the selected word.
And finally, if you press the play button (a triangle in a circle) in the toolbar, you can hear the translation result spoken loudly by a data-synthesized voice.
This is useful if you need to play a translation to a local while in a foreign country. Have fun!