Google Translate: how to use your smartphone camera to translate texts?

Antoine Ducarre

To translate a text into any language, the solution used is often Google Translate. Did you know that you can use this tool with your camera? We will explain everything to you.

Difficult to do without Google Translate. Whether it is to translate a word, a sentence or an entire text, the tool developed by the American firm and launched in 2006 quickly became essential and one of Google’s most used tools. We no longer count the requests “[mot ou phrase] + translation” on the search engine. But did you know that it is no longer necessary to type anything in the search bar or in the tool directly? Indeed, thanks to its numerous technological advances, Google now allows us to simply draw the camera of our smartphone.

Google Translate, what is it?

We don’t want to offend you by explaining what Google Translate is, its usefulness is directly stated in its name. But a little memory refresh never hurt.

In its quest to simplify our lives, Google has been particularly effective. It is difficult not to use a tool from the firm at least once a day: search engine, YoutubeGoogle Drive, Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Maps etc And of course, Google Translate or Translate is very much part of it. Today, the service makes it possible to translate any text into 133 languages ​​and dialects from the site or directly from the smartphone application. The latter has also exceeded one billion downloads on the Google Play Store.

From students, for foreign language projects, to the lost tourist who is desperately looking for a toilet or just his way, everyone uses Google Translate. And while we don’t question your polyglot skills at all, we’re pretty sure you’ve used Google’s service at least once.

Since 2006, the service has evolved a lot from simultaneous translation by typing the text to voice recognition to the function that allows you to use your smartphone’s camera Android or iOS. We explain how to do it.

Use Google Translate with your smartphone camera

If you haven’t already, download the Google Translate app from the Play Store or from the App Store. She is completely free like all consumer apps from Google. Note that it is not necessary to have a Google account to use it.

To illustrate this part, we used the Google Translate application on an iPhone 11.

Google Translate interface on iPhone GOOGLE

Imagine, as a fan of League of Legends, you decide to go to the lands of the best players in the world of Riot Games: South Korea. Only, problem, you don’t speak a word of Korean. No problem, just take out your smartphone and launch the Google Translate app.

Directly from the interface, you can type the text you would like to translate into Korean as below.


Or you can click on the camera icon which is below the text box. Using the technology of Google Lens, a tool boosted with artificial intelligence that allows him to recognize what he sees as objects, particular places and even texts. All you have to do is point your smartphone in the direction of a text. The application may detect characters in real time and offer you simultaneous translation, otherwise just take a picture. Google will recognize the photographed text and offer you a translation.

This is how the translation looks using your smartphone camera GOOGLE

Obviously, there may still be some hiccups, but most of the time, the application provides you with a reliable translation.

Finally, if you want to test your discussion skills you also have the possibility to activate the conversation mode on the application. Here, it will therefore be voice recognition that will be used.

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Google Translate: how to use your smartphone camera to translate texts?

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