Chat heads, floating icons that you can tap at any time to open an ongoing conversation, were first introduced by Facebook Messenger. However, they’ve become integrated into many apps, like Hoverchat for SMS. These bubbles are useful because they let you work elsewhere on your phone while still keeping your conversation a tap away.
Now, Google Translate on Android has adopted the chat head feature. With this, however, Translate allows you to instantly translate copied text from anywhere. Here’s how you can enable it.
Make sure your Translate app is updated to the latest version by visiting the Play Store, then open Translate. Open the left slide-out menu and tap Settings. Choose Tap to Translate and make sure that Enable Tap to Translate is on. You don’t have to enable Show notification unless you want a shortcut in your drawer, or have problems with the app stopping.
Next, you’ll want to be sure that you go into Preferred languages and configure that to your preference. You’ll be asked for your primary language and which language that you translate from most often.
Once that’s done, all you have to do is copy some text from anywhere on your phone. Perhaps that’s a message a learning partner sends you on WeSpeke, or a WhatsApp message from a bilingual friend. Depending on the app, you maybe be able to long-press a message and Copy it, or you may have to double-tap the text and drag the handles around the text you want to Copy.
Any time you copy text, you’ll see a Translate bubble pop up. Tap it, and you’ll get an instant translation of the text you just copied, without every leaving your current app.
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