Google offers a quick and convenient way to get translations for texts and spoken words on Android. Learn how to get Google Translate to work for you faster than ever with a few quick steps.
The Google Translate widget is not a new feature from the app and is available on most current devices, running at least Android 5. Instead of having a simple app shortcut on your phone's home screen, you can open the app directly into your most used features, like dictate-to-translate, live voice translations (including real-time chat translations with compatible devices), and live text translations.
To add the Google Translate widget on your smartphone's home screen follow these simple steps:
- Long press on an empty space on your phone's home screen.
- Select the Widgets option.
- Scroll down to the Translate app.
- Expand the option and drag the Translate Quick Actions widget to the home screen.
With the widget, you have a number of shortcuts to the many features available on the Google Translate app. It is possible, for example, to quickly get a translation from a copied text snippet, just go to the home screen and tap on the clipboard icon on the widget.
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The icons on the bottom will depend on the size of the widget and the smartphone features. On the Pixel 6 smartphone, you can find the following options:
- Voice translations.
- Real-time conversation translations.
- Live transcriptions in (near) real-time.
- Instant camera translations.
What did you think of this quick tip? Far from the most revolutionary trick, at least it can save you some taps - and milliseconds - on the interface. Feel free to share your translation tips in time for the traveling season!