Use Your Camera to Translate the World

Google Translate

Use Your Camera to Translate the World

The Google Translate app lets you translate printed text, with your camera, instantly in 27 languages.

While the app has up till now allowed you to visually translate seven languages Google have just added support for 20 more languages. This means you can use your phone to translate signs, menus, lists and more all instantly. The app also can run without an internet connection or phone data.

Real-time voice translations have also become a lot faster and smoother with the recent update to Google Translate. Now the world is so much easier to visit.


To ensure that translate continues to improve Google created the Translate Community which helps to correct translations. More than a million people have contributed to help make translations more accurate.

To visually translate in real time:

  • Open the Google Translate app
  • Set the two languages for translation
  • Click the camera button
  • Watch the world of words translate in front of you


The languages that Google Translate can visually translate first began with 7 languages and have now just expanded to 27.

Initial languages

English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.


Added languages

Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Ukranian.


Google have also fine-tuned the processing of the app so that it can run without an internet connection. Their reasoning is that emerging markets have slower internet and accessing online tools is more difficult. By having the processing done purely on the device the app can run anywhere.

Do you use Google Translate when you travel? Please speak with us before your next overseas trip to discuss your mobile travel needs.