You’ve had ways to translate webpages in Safari on your device in the past. You could use a tool like Microsoft Translate or create a shortcut to translate pages. But with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur, you no longer have to jump through hoops.
That’s right, after a long time of waiting, you can translate pages in Safari without any extra tools or apps. Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac has a built-in translation tool and here we’ll show you how to use it.
How to translate pages in Safari on iOS
With the launch of this feature for Safari on iPhone and iPad, you can translate seven languages: English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese. Hopefully, Apple will provide support for additional languages down the road.
When you land on a webpage that Safari’s translation tool can handle, you’ll see an indicator. The translation icon will appear in the address bar. You can simply tap that icon to translate the page to your default device language.
Alternatively, you can tap the Aa icon on the left of the address bar and select Translate to English (or whatever your language may be). The entire page should translate immediately to your language.
You can revert back to the original page if you like by tapping the Aa icon once more and selecting View Original, which has the translation icon next to it in the list.
As of this writing, Apple’s iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 feature lists show the Safari translation feature still in Beta. So if you encounter a problem with a translation, tap the Aa icon, select Report Translation Issue, and follow the prompts.
How to translate pages in Safari on Mac
Translation in Safari works similar on Mac. You’ll see the translation icon in the address bar and just click to perform a quick translation. Click the icon once more and select View Original to do exactly that.
Wrapping it up
It’s almost hard to believe that it’s taken so long for Apple to give Safari its own translation tool. But regardless, you can now easily translate pages on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac in Safari.
What do you think about Safari’s translation feature? Has it been a long time coming? Let us know!