How to translate any webpage on your iPhone with a free browser extension, so you can read foreign websites and articles

  • You can translate any page in Safari on your iPhone using the Microsoft Translator app.
  • Once you've downloaded the Microsoft Translator app onto your iPhone, you can open it in Safari to translate the page you're on.
  • Before you can translate, you'll need to enable Microsoft Translator in Safari.
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The internet is open to everyone, but language barriers can prevent you from reading articles and texts that are only available in foreign languages. 

However, with only an iPhone's Safari app and the Microsoft Translator extension, you can quickly and easily translate any text on your phone. 

I've tested it on periodicals in French, Chinese, and more, and found it perfectly capable of translating anything I need.

Here's how to translate a page on your iPhone using Microsoft Translator.

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How to translate a page on an iPhone

Install the translator

1. Download the Microsoft Translator from the App Store, and it should automatically become an extension to your Safari app.

2. Open Safari on your iPhone.

3. Tap the Share button at the bottom (the rectangle with an arrow coming out of it).

4. Now:

  • On iOS 13 and later
    • Scroll down to the very bottom of the Share menu. The Translator option should be at the bottom. If it isn't, tap "Edit Actions…" and find it on the screen that appears, then tap the switch next to it to turn it green.
    • On iOS 12 and earlier
      • Scroll left on the bottom row of icons (the one that usually displays "Add Bookmarks" and "Add to Reading List") and tap on "More." Scroll down on the next screen to Microsoft Translator (or on some iPhones, simply "Translator"). Tap on the Translator switch so it turns green.

      5. Tap on "Done." 

      Translator should now be a default icon in your Share menu. The next step is to translate a site.

      Translate a page

      1. Open the page you want to translate. For this example, I'm using the French newspaper Le Monde.

      2. Tap on the Share button. Find the Microsoft Translator shortcut (displaying either the word "Translator" or the app's icon). 

      3. Tap on the shortcut. A yellow status bar will appear at the top of the webpage telling you how much of the page has been translated.

      4. Once everything is translated, the status bar will say "Translated to en."

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