How to translate a page in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Learn how to use Apple’s built-in translation tool to translate web pages in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac if you come across a website that’s in a language you can’t read or understand.

Safari Translate Webpage iPad

Supported devices and languages

You can use Apple’s native web page translation feature inside Safari on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or macOS Big Sur and later to translate into the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

This method requires no third-party app download or Siri shortcut installation.

How to translate a web page in Safari

On iPhone or iPad

  1. Visit the website you want to translate in Safari.
  2. Tap AA from the address bar and choose Translate to English or a language you see there.
  3. The first time you do this, Apple will ask your permission to process your request. Tap Enable Translation.
Translate web page to English in Safari on iPhone

On Mac

  1. View the website in Safari.
  2. Click the translate icon, and choose Translate to English or a language visible here.
  3. Click Enable Translation if this is the first time you’re using this service.
Translate to English in Safari on Mac

Using Apple’s web page translation

  • Automatic translation: After translating one web page on a website, if you tap another link on that same site (domain) in the same original language, Safari should automatically translate it to your chosen language so you don’t have to follow the translation steps again and again while reading that website.
  • View Original: After you follow the above steps, you can tap the AA button on iOS or the translate icon on Mac and choose View Original to get back to the original language of that web page.
  • Inform Apple of issues: If you think the translation provided by Apple in Safari is incorrect, inappropriate, or broken, use the Report Translation Issue button, pick an appropriate reason, and hit Report to submit your feedback.
View web page in original language in Safari on Mac

Add more language to Safari translation

Apple says that “the availability of translations and the number of languages that can be translated may vary by country or region.”

With that in mind, you can have more options for Safari translation by adding that language to your system’s language settings.

On iPhone or iPad

Go to Settings > General > Language & Region > Add Language and select a language. Now, you can choose to set this new language as your primary system language for all menus, settings, and everything. However, if you only need to use it for translation, tap Use English (or your current system language). This will add the new language to your iPhone but still keep English as the primary system language.

Add more languages to iPhone in Settings

Now go to Safari, and it should automatically refresh your open web pages. After that, follow the above steps, and you will see Translate Website instead of Translate to English. Tap Translate Website and pick a language.

Translate Website in other languages in Safari on iPhone

On Mac

Click the translate icon in the Safari address bar and choose Preferred Languages. You can also reach this setting screen by going to System Settings > General > Language & Region. Now, click the plus button (+) under the Preferred Languages heading, choose your language, and click Add. Like the iPhone, you can use the new language as your system language or continue to use English. After this, if you’re prompted to add this new language to your Mac’s keyboard, you can hit Cancel.

Adding more languages to Mac from System Settings

Next, visit Safari, and you should see the option to Translate to the newly added language.

Option to translate web page into multiple languages in Safari on Mac

Restart your device if you don’t see the language for translation in Safari even after adding it by following the above steps.

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