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How to scan and translate pictures with Google Translate

Google Translate has long been an assistant to almost everyone. Its functionality is very broad, although some things still need improvement. However, in this article, I will tell you more about how Google Translate allows you to translate text from any supported language directly from a picture.

You can even use your smartphone to point your camera and translate text in real-time. Or, for example, you can select a photo from the gallery and translate a document or a menu page in a restaurant.

What are the ways to translate images via Google Translate

There are two ways to translate pictures in Google Translate. For this you need to have any smartphone, be it an iPhone or any other Android model. The first way is to launch the Google Translate app and by clicking on the camera icon point the camera at the text and let the app scan the text. The translation should overlap the text in real-time.

Another way is if you have a saved picture in the Gallery and need to translate it. For this, you just need to import the picture into the app itself.

How to scan and translate a new picture via Google Translate

To translate a picture in real-time follow this guide below:

  • First, open Google Translate on your phone. In the app, beneath the text box, tap “Camera
  • Your camera view will open. At the top, select the languages you wish to translate your picture from and to. To make the app automatically recognize the source language, choose “Detect Language” in the source language field
  • At the bottom of the camera view, tap “Instant
  • Point your phone’s camera towards the picture you want to translate. The app will translate the text on your picture
  • If you’d like to take a still picture and then translate it, then tap “Scan,” capture a photo, and let the app translate it
  • And you are done

How to scan and translate a picture from your Gallery via Google Translate

If you have a saved picture in the Gallery and you need to translate it, simply import the picture into the app:

  • To do so, first, launch the Google Translate app on your phone. In the app, tap “Camera
  • On the camera view page, from the top, select both source and target languages for your picture translation. To make the app detect the source language, choose “Detect Language” in the source language field
  • At the bottom of the page, tap “Import” to add your picture to the app
  • If you see a permission request, tap “Yes.” Then choose the picture you want to translate
  • Google Translate will import and scan your picture. To view the translation for certain words, tap those words on the picture
  • To view the full translation for the entire picture, tap the “Select All” option

How to translate a document with Google Translate

Did you know that Google Translate doesn’t just translate words and phrases for you, but it can also translate entire documents, such as plain text and rich-text documents, Microsoft Word documents, and HTML? Moreover, the app can even translate PDFs.

To use Google Translate to translate an entire document, follow these steps and see the figure below for reference:

  • Launch your browser and go to translate.google.com. You wo’t need a Google account to access it, because it’s free ti use
  • In the top left area of your screen, click the Documents button
  • Choose Browse to navigate to a document on your hard computer that you want to translate
  • At the top left corner of the window in which your document appears, choose the language that the document is already in.
  • On the right, choose the language you prefer the document will be translated into.
  • Click Translate

And this is all on how to scan and translate pictures and documents via Google Translate.

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