Apple’s Safari browser provides a built-in feature to translate web content between supported languages that works across the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. But does your particular device model support it? And your preferred languages? Find out about that, and more, in this brief tutorial in which we list the system requirements for Safari translation.
System requirements: Safari translation
Here’s what you’ll need to use Safari translation in terms of hardware, software and more.
Supported devices and OS versions
To use the built-in webpage translator in Safari, you will one of these devices and OS versions:
- iPhone or iPod touch with the iOS 14.0 software or later
- iPad with the iPadOS 14.0 software or later
- Mac with the macOS 11.0 Big Sur software or later
Aside from hardware support, be sure to check out other dependencies listed below.
The Safari translation feature is available in the following regions:
- United States
If you don’t live in one of the supported regions for Safari translation, you may change your device region in Settings → General → Language & Region → Region to use the feature.
The following seven languages are supported in Safari’s webpage translator:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Portuguese (Brazilian)
Apple will provide support for additional languages down the road. As soon as that happens, we’ll be making sure to update these system requirements with new information.
To verify that other iOS and iPadOS 14 features are supported in your region and language, visit Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage at apple.com/ios/feature-availability/.
Quick and easy web content translation
Safari translation was previewed during the virtual WWDC presentation in June 2020. It became available to the general public with the iOS and iPadOS 14 release on September 16, 2020. People will be able to use it on their Mac computers when the macOS Big Sur software update releases commercially (don’t worry, we’ll be making sure to keep you in the loop).
At long last, you can translate webpages in the Safari browser without having to use any extra tools or apps. When you come to a website that Safari can translate, an icon appears to the left of the URL bar. Just tap it to have Safari translate the webpage content.
The webpage will translate immediately to your current device language. This feature provides inline translation so all of the design elements of the translated webpage complete with images, styling and navigation are the same as on the source webpage.
Before you can translate pages into additional languages, you’ll need to add them via Settings → General → Language & Region → Add Language, then choose a language from the list. Now you will see these newly added languages as additional options when using Safari translate.
At the time of this writing, the Safari translation feature was in betas so hiccups and various issues are to be expected. Should you encounter any translation issues, tap the “Aa” icon in Safari’s address bar and choose the option “Report Translation Issue” from the menu.
To find out more about this feature, visit apple.com/ios/ios-14/features/.
Safari translation privacy and more
Unlike with Apple’s Translate app in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that takes advantage of on-device processing for instant translation, Safari’s own built-in webpage translator uploads data to Apple’s servers for the heavy lifting. Here’s Apple’s description of how Safari translation works, available from the splash screen that appears the first time you use this feature…
Safari analyzes each webpage you visit to determine its language. This determination is made entirely on your device. If the webpage can be translated to any of your preferred languages, you can choose to translate it. If you translate, Safari will send the webpage’s contents (including the full text) to Apple’s servers for translation. After the translation is complete, Apple will discard the contents of the webpage,
If the webpage was not viewed in Private Browsing mode, then Safari will also send the webpage’s address to Apple. Apple will store the address for up to five years to improve Apple’s products, services and technologies. Since Apple does not store the contents of webpages you translate, only publicly accessible webpages will be used to improve Apple’s products, services and technologies.
Webpage contents and addresses sent to Apple are not associated with your Apple ID, email address or other data Apple may have from your use of other Apple services.
In order to provide you with a better browsing experience, after translating a particular webpage, other webpages in the same domain that you visit within the same tab may also be translated. Safari will stop automatically translating when you visit a webpage that is no longer in the same original language or a webpage on a different domain,.