How to Use Google Translate in Any App on Android

Saikat Basu 11-12-2019

Google Translate works from any app inside on your Android phone. You just have to tap, and you’ll be able to translate any text while on the go.


You either have to open the Google Translate app or copy-paste something into its web translator box. Used well, this Google Translate feature 10 Uses Of Google Translate To Cross The Great Language Divide Language is such a cultural totem that its translation doesn’t cover all the corners. When we talk of machine translation, the name without surprises that comes to mind is of Google Translate. Perhaps, most of... Read More could help us cross the great language divide.

How to Use Google Translate in Any App on Android

You don’t have to switch over to the Google Translate app and copy-paste text to decipher the foreign language. Tap to Translate lives inside any app and works like a shortcut or an extension. But you will need to enable it first.

Step 1: Enable Tap to Translate in Google Translate

  1. Download Google Translate from the Play Store or update your copy to the latest version.
  2. Launch Google Translate. Tap on the Hamburger icon for the menu and click on Settings.
  3. Select Tap to Translate. On the next screen, toggle or tick the option that says Enable Tap to Translate.

How to Use Google Translate in Any App on Android Google Translate Tap to Translate

Step 2: Use Google Translate From Any App on Your Android

  1. Open any app. For example, WhatsApp. Highlight the text you want the translation for and then Copy it.
  2. A Google Translate icon is displayed on the top right within the app. Tap on it for the translation.
  3. As you can see, the translated version of the message text is displayed with the help of Google Translate.

The official Google explainer video shows how Tap to Translate works:


Do You Use Google Translate on the Phone?

Most of us find a use for the translation services while traveling. Google’s technology is getting better every day. Now, translate whole sentences and phrases in context!

Looking for alternatives to Google Translate for your phone? You’ll find the best ones in our round-up of mobile translation apps to convert any language The 8 Best Mobile Translation Apps to Convert Any Language These excellent mobile translator apps will help you study a foreign language, have conversations in another country, and more. Read More .

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  1. saim biyon
    March 2, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    there is an application to do that easy way

    this application supports 104 languages through google and yandex translate
    it transaltes whatsapp chats

  2. Hans Petter Johansen
    January 18, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Had this on my old android phone without need to active it. Upgraded my phone and missed this function and where so angry at Google for removing this very time saving future.. After a quick Google search I got here and now my life is back on track

    Thanks guys!

  3. Utpak
    September 21, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Is this only available in whatsapp?
    Didn't see in Line and other non-English apps?
    Basically I want to use non-english apps and was wondering if the Google Translate would be helpful?

  4. ?
    July 31, 2018 at 11:01 am

    For other app developers, how this feature can be implemented?