Initially released in 2007, the iPhone has become a worldwide success, with more than 2 billion pieces sold. This small device is essentially a computer in your pocket, that allows you to carry out various tasks with the touch of a finger. A beautifully cultured feature of the iPhone that not many people know about is the ability to translate web pages in Safari into your native language.
This is especially helpful to bilingual users, or those trying to learn English. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t exactly obvious and requires some initial setup. However, once the initial installation and setup process has been carried out, you’ll be able to translate webpages, pictures, and more in a matter of seconds.
Since Apple doesn’t have its own translation service, they have to rely on third-party software. That’s where Microsoft’s Translator application comes into play. This application is not only free, but also has a Safari extension, which is what we’ll be using to translate our web pages.
Since Microsoft Translator was created, as the name explains, to act as a translator it works for not only web pages, but also text, speech, and photos. The application even allows you to download languages. This will allow you to use the translation services even when you’re not connected to the internet, making travel not only easier, but also fun.
1. Click the App Store application on your iPhone. The application is usually on your Home screen and has a blue background.
2. Using the search bar, type in Microsoft Translator. The application icon is green, with a lowercase a in the bottom left corner. Download this application.
3. Open the Translator application after it has downloaded. On the bottom right there will be a gear icon representing Settings. Click on this icon.
4. Scroll down until you see Safari Translation Language. You will be shown a list of languages. Choose your preferred language of choice for web pages. You can always change languages later on in the future, as you see fit.
5. Go back by pressings Settings in the upper left corner, then press Done in the upper right corner.
6. Now it’s time to set up the Safari extension. Press Home and open the Safari application.
7. Open the web page you would like to translate.
8. Press the Share icon on the bottom of the screen. The icon is a square with an arrow pointing upwards.
9. You will see two panes, one above the other. Swipe left on the bottom pane until you see a More button. This button will have three horizontal dots on it. Click the More button.
10. You will see a list of toggle buttons. When you see the Translator toggle button, toggle the button so that it turns green. You’ve now enabled the Translator application. The icon for the application will now appear in the bottom horizontal pane when you click the Share icon.
11. Click Done in the top right corner. You will see the two horizontal panes again. Click on the Translator icon in the bottom pane.
Depending in your internet connection, the translation process may take a while, but usually tends to occur quickly. Please be patient and allow the process to complete accordingly. For future references, keep in mind that you can download languages in order to use the translation services even when not connected to the internet.
You have now translated a Safari web page into the language of your choice. If you wish to change languages, go back into the Translator application, and follow step #3 and step #4 of this tutorial. The Microsoft Translator application was last updated in June of 2019, and remains up to date. The application currently holds a 4.7 rating in the App Store, and is without a doubt, one of the best translation applications out there, which not only provides accurate translations, but is also easy to use for people of all ages.