Use Google Translate Offline on Android

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Google Translate is a fantastic tool for users who need to communicate with people who speak a different language than their own. It's also handy for understanding different forms of text when visiting countries where the native language is one you don't understand. Being able to read signs and various instructions that are written in a different language with your mobile device can prove to be extremely helpful.

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A great additional feature of Google Translate is the app's ability to function while your device is offline. If you're on vacation and end up without data or a reliable WiFi connection, having the local languages downloaded in advance can be a lifesaver. When visiting different countries, you never really know when your device could lose its signal. Being able to communicate with people, as well as being able to understand the various signs and written text in your surroundings is vital in ensuring a safe and memorable trip.

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In this VisiHow tutorial, we're going to walk through the steps of downloading languages in Google Translate, in addition to using the app offline. For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.

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Install Google Translate on Android

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    On the home screen, swipe upward to access your app tray.
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    From inside the app tray, tap the "Play Store" icon.
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    Once the Play Store app is open, search for; "Google Translate"
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    When the search results return, tap the link with the Google Translate icon to the left of it.
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    Om Google Translate's information screen, tap the green "INSTALL" button.
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    When the application is finished installing, tap the green "OPEN" button.
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    The first thing Google Translate requires is for you to select your primary languages, as well as the language you intend to translate the most
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    Tap the drop-down arrows next to each language to make your selection, place a checkmark next to "Translate offline" (to download the language you translate most often), then tap "DONE". Remember; you can change your primary and translation language anytime. To download additional languages for offline use, continue to the next section of this article.
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Download Google Translate Languages

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    There are two ways to download a language to use while your device is offline
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    The first is to tap the drop-down arrow next to either the primary or translated language.
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    Under the list of All languages, any language with a download icon to the right of it can be downloaded for offline use
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    At the top of the screen is the Recent languages section and will display languages that have been downloaded recently. Tap the download icon next to the language you plan to use offline.
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    When the pop-up box appears, the file size for the language will be displayed
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    Tap "DOWNLOAD" to have access to the language when in offline mode.
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    The second way to download a language is to tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner, followed by "Offline translation".
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    On the Offline translation screen, any language under the "Available languages" section with a download icon next to can be used offline
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    At the top of the screen under "Downloaded languages", you can see every language that is currently available for use offline. Tap the download icon next to a language you wish to use in the event your device is without WiFi or Data.
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    When the pop-up box appears, tap "DOWNLOAD".
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Using Google Translate While Offline

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    Select the languages you wish to use now that your device is offline
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    The languages you downloaded in the previous section will be the only ones available to use.
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    With your languages selected, tap; "Tap to enter text"
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    Now using your keyboard, type out the text you wish to have translated, then tap the arrow key (enter).
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    The translated version will be displayed in the blue box below your primary language.
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    For additional options, tap the three-dot menu icon in the bottom right corner of the translated text box
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    With the menu expanded, you can; Share the translation, view in Fullscreen, Start a conversation, Reverse the translation, and Refresh.
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  • Delete Downloaded Languages

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      Deleting languages that you've downloaded can be done in two different ways
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      First, Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner, then tap "Offline translation".
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      From the Offline translation screen, tap the trash can icon next to the language you want to delete
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      When the confirmation pop-up box appears, tap "REMOVE".
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      The second way to delete a downloaded language is to tap either the primary or translation language form the app's main screen.
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      Then, under Recent languages, tap the checkmark icon next to the language you wish to delete
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      When the confirmation pop-up appears, tap "REMOVE".
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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