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Translate text from image with iPhone

Translate text from image

Little known but very useful function of Google translator which allows you to translate text taken from an image instantly using simply your mobile device. Have you ever experienced the disappointment of opening the user manual of a device and discovering that it is not written in Italian? Or, to go to dinner in a restaurant abroad and the waiter, who does not speak Italian, offers you a menu written in the local language? Not to mention the driving directions in a foreign country, written in the local language that you can't read. If you have found yourself in situations that require a translator, then this article is for you, because it allows you to translate text from image.

How to translate text from image with iPhone

Using the camera of your iPhone with the app Google translator that you will surely have installed on the device, you can immediately translate text images even when it appears in a photo or on a billboard you meet on the street. The translation of text from image is a function contained in the app that is performed in real time, in the sense that, at the same moment that you frame the image with the camera, you will see the translation of the text on the screen. You just have to select in the app the foreign language in which you want it to be translated and the screen will immediately show the translated version in any language. If you are curious about how to translate text from images, keep reading.

Download Google Translate for iPhone

To translate text from image with iPhone using the Apple device camera, you need to download the free third-party application Google translator from the App Store. To download and install Translator on your phone, do the following:

  • Go to the iPhone home screen, click on the App Store icon and download Google translator.
  • Once the installation is complete, the application icon Google translator will be displayed on the screen.

How to use the iPhone camera to translate text from image

Now that you have it installed Google translator on your iPhone, you can start translating text images with your device. Follow the instructions below:

  • Go to the iPhone home screen and open the Google Translate app.
  • In the Google Translate application, set the language of the text in the image. Here, I chose English.
IPhone translator
  • Set the language in which you want to translate the text in the image. I chose Spanish for this example.
Translate text with iphone
  • Click on the Camera icon.
Translate text with camera
  • Move the camera over the image and you will see the translation in real time on the screen. As you can see in the next image, the first screen shows the word in the original language, the second, in the translated language.
Translate text from image translation
  • Done. The text image displayed on the iPhone was immediately translated into the selected language.

In addition to viewing the translation in real time on the device screen, you can also get the translation in text format in the Google Translate app. Useful when you need to use translation in text format to insert it into a document. Read on to find out how.

After identifying the text to be translated, open the app Translator of Google and follow the same procedure above. When after clicking on the camera button you see the text in the original language, click on the red button as if you were taking a photo.

At this point you must click on the only icon that you find on the right side of the screen, as you can see in the screenshot.

Translate text from text format image

You will see that the text will be scanned on the screen and after the procedure is completed, the translated text will appear at the top followed by a blue arrow.

Translate text from blue button image

Click on the blue arrow and you will immediately see the translated text appear, as if you had typed it from the keyboard.

translate text on iphone

Now, after activating the procedure to translate text from image, you will see the translated text in the section with a blue background. You can copy it by pressing with a finger on this part of the text and this will be copied to the clipboard to be able to paste it wherever you want. This is a very useful function on several occasions, especially when you travel to foreign countries.

Be careful, because when the text to be translated is too long, it could happen that strange signs appear on the screen instead of a few translated words. This is because the sentence was not scanned well by the camera. To solve, try to move or tilt the iPhone differently and you will see that the incomprehensible signs become letters of the text.

Solutions for transcribing text from images on the computer

This we have seen a very useful solution to use on your iPhone, but if you have an image with text residing on the computer and want to transcribe it? Instead of transferring it to your iPhone and using the same language as translation and then transcribing the text, it would be much more convenient to do this directly on the desktop. To this end, we started a search to find tools that can be used directly online and offline.

In the article that you will find at the following link, I will show you some solutions on how to extract text from images from your computer, recommending 4 OCR tools to be used both directly from the web and by downloading them to your computer. Some of these are tools that we use daily like Microsoft OneNote or Google Drive, but we did not know that they also had this function.