Did you know you can use Google Translate offline on your phone? We show you how to use this feature.
Millions of people now use Google Translate as their main way to translate texts and other information. Even though it’s not the only one or the best, the app is easy to use and gets the job done. And you can use many of its features even if you don’t have an internet connection. So, if you need to travel and know you won’t have access to the internet, learning how to use Google Translate could save your life.
Google Translate has an offline mode that lets you download the languages you want and translate them when you need to. Both iOS and Android make it easy to do this. You just need to follow the guide that starts a few lines down.
Yes, you should get the app on your Android or iOS phone before you start. Once it’s on your device, you can move on to the next steps in this guide.
How to use Google Translate offline
For the offline mode of Google Translate to work, you will need to be connected to the internet first. Because the app will need to download the languages that the user wants. Of course, you won’t be able to get all of them, but if you only need the most common ones or the ones you’ll need on your next trip, this won’t be a big deal.
Both Google Translate for iOS and Google Translate for Android have this feature. Even though they are not the same, they are close enough that you won’t get confused.
Depending on how fast your internet connection is, it may take more or less time to download each of these languages. Just wait until it’s done, and if you don’t want to die, try not to close the app.
- On your device, open the Translator app.
- Tap the three lines in the top left corner of an Android device. If you have an iOS device, just tap the Settings area in the lower right corner.
- It will bring up a new menu. Go to Offline Translation from this page.
- There will be a list of different languages. You just need to choose the ones you want to download, and they will start to install themselves. If you have an Android phone, the app may ask your permission to use the storage on your phone. Tell him to take it.
- When it is done downloading, it will show up in this same menu. Tap the trash can button next to the language name to get rid of it.
Clever. Now, you should be able to translate text between languages even when your phone is in aeroplane mode. Just write as you normally would and wait for Google Translate to show you what your words mean in another language.