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Metaphrase is a recently released tweak that lets you translate text on the fly within any application in iOS. The release, which works as an add-on to Ryan Petrich’s popular ActionMenu tweak, lets you select text from the copy and paste menu to easily translate words from one language to another.

There are dozens of languages available to use in Metaphrase, and you can choose to have it translate words and phrases using the system language established in iOS’ settings. For a video look into how Metaphrase works, check out our full walkthrough inside.

After installing Metaphrase, you can begin using it immediately. Open the app of your choice, and highlight any text to invoke the copy and paste menu. From this menu, which is now expanded due to the prerequisite installation of ActionMenu, you’ll find a translate button. Tap the translate button to translate the text to the system language.


If you’d instead like to translate the text into another language, head to the stock Settings app and open Metaphrase’s preferences. Inside its preference, you’ll find a system language toggle; disable this toggle and select your preferred language from the list that lies below.

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Metaphrase has the ability to translate single words, but it can also quickly translate entire phrases, hence its name. It’s a powerful jailbreak tweak that can come in handy if you often peruse websites and apps that are written in an unfamiliar language.

If you want to take Metaphrase for a spin, then head over to Cydia’s ModMyi repo where you can download it today for $0.99. Let me know what you think about it in the comment section below.

  • Swagjag


    • John Sklikas

      Lol no. Metaphrase, by Oxford Dictionary means literal word by word translation 🙂 It comes from the Greek word Μετάφραση

  • fb2

    Does this tweak need a internet connection? I think so. And if it is like that, then you can just use Action Menu function “Translate” which is part of “Look up”, one of the Addon you’ll get when you install Action Menu Plus Pack.
    It does also translate selected words and phrases with Google Translate in a pop-up web browser (it doesn’t open Safari or leave the app).

    • John Sklikas

      Why do you troll with people? 🙁

      • fb2

        haha I’m not trolling XD

        As I said, the “Action Menu Plus Pack” does have the “Look up” feature. One of the Look up features is “Google Translate”.

      • fb2

        It looks like this

      • John Sklikas

        Yeah but Metaphrase is more elegant IMO. And choosing language on the window? Wait for the next version 🙂

      • fb2

        The picture is from iOS5 or iOS6, on iOS7 it looks nice and you don’t have to select the language anymore. It auto detects the language of the selected word/text and translates to your system language, (like in the screenshot to German).

        So it works exactly like Metaphrase and even better.
        It also lets you open the window in Safari if you want to.

      • John Sklikas

        You’re accounted to your opinion, but I would have never made it, if I didn’t feel that something was missing. I prefer Metaphrase, but I respect your preferences 🙂

      • George Fasidis

        I don’t think so. This isn’t like Metaphrase. Metaphrase is much better with better UI of course! P.S I am the guy behind this idea, i design tweaks for more comfortable usage.

        1.2 version coming with extra options… 😉

  • John Sklikas

    Thank you for reviewing this Jeff 🙂 Such a great review! For your information, Metaphrase, according to the Oxford Dictionary means a literal word-for-word translation. It comes from the Greek word μετάφραση (in Latin Alphabet Metaphrase) 🙂

  • Max

    This is one of the best tweaks ever. I am using it since it came out a
    few weeks ago. Not only for websites, but also for reading books and
    magazines. FANTASTIC!!!

  • Karolas Janvier

    JGTweaks call free users of their free tweak “trolls”. They should be stop behaving rudely to free users.

  • Siamnd Ossi

    How to download this? I didn’t find in App Store! iOS 8.2