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Before you can use Apple’s Translate app in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 without an Internet connection, you’ll need to download language packs to your device. In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how to download Translate languages to your iPhone or iPad for offline translation.

About the Translate app

Apple debuted the Translate app with the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates that were previewed in the online WWDC presentation in June ahead of the public launch on September 16, 2020.

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With the new Translate software, customers can easily translate words and phrases, as well as have conversations across a bunch of languages on their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Here’s Apple’s description of the app:

Translate is a new app designed for having natural and easy conversations between languages. Turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to landscape orientation to enter conversation mode where you can easily see both sides of the conversation. You can also translate using voice or text, translate fully on-device for downloaded languages, save your favorite translations and more.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to download specific languages to your iPhone or iPad so that you can translate voice and text fully offline.

How to download languages to iPhone or iPad for offline translation

Follow these steps to download specific languages to the Translate app on iOS. Doing so shall permit you to translate words, phrases and conversations without an Internet connection.

  1. Open the Translate app on your iPhone or iPod touch with the iOS 14.0+ update or your iPad running the iPadOS 14.0 software or newer.
  2. Tap the “Translate” tab.
  3. Tap a language box at the top.
  4. Scroll down to “Available Offline Languages”, then tap the languages you want to download.
  5. Tap “Done”.

You’re advised to avoid quitting the app until the language packs have finished downloading.

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You can download as many languages as you want, as long as they’re listed underneath the heading “Available Offline Languages”. With the selected languages downloaded, set them as your source and target at the top of the Translate app. Now you can start using the Transalte app to translate as you normally would, but now without an internet connection.

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Because offline translation happens directly on your device which has less compute power than Apple’s servers, on-device translation may not be as accurate as online translation.

How to remove downloaded Translate languages

When you download a language in the Translate app to use offline, the download will take up space on your device. If you’re running low on storage space on your iPhone or iPad, consider removing a downloaded language from the Translate app by following these steps:

  1. Open the Translate app on your iPhone or iPod touch with the iOS 14.0+ update or your iPad running the iPadOS 14.0 software or newer.
  2. Tap the “Translate” tab.
  3. Tap a language box at the top.
  4. Scroll down to the heading “Available Offline Languages.”
  5. Swipe left over the langauge you wish to remove, then tap the hidden “Delete” option.

Repeat the process for any downloaded languages you no longer need.

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If you plan on mostly using Apple Translate in offline mode (i.e. when traveling abroad), it may be a good idea to set the app to never use your device’s internet connection. To do so, go to Settings → Translate and slide the switch “On-device mode” to the OFF position.

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Doing so will tell Translate to only translate directly on the device using the languages you’ve downloaded for offline functionatlity. This will ensure that the app won’t use costly roaming data when you attempt to translate something in a foreign language that’s unavailable offline.