How to quickly translate webpages in Safari for iPhone and iPadSource: Joseph Keller / iMore

If you're running iOS 14 or later, Safari now comes with a translation feature baked into the browser, making it easier than ever to translate a web page on iPhone. Once activated, text is translated in-line on the webpage that you're viewing. It's a handy tool if you want to read websites that are written in different languages, and it's available right in the address bar in Safari.

If you're on iOS 13 and earlier, you can use Microsoft's Translator app and its extension to quickly translate web pages that you visit into your native language. Microsoft Translator is a universal app for iPhone and iPad, and can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

Here's how you can translate web pages in Safari on iPhone and iPad.

How to translate a web page on iPhone in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

In iOS 14, the ability to translate a web page's language to your native language is now a built-in part of Safari. As such, you no longer need a third-party app to translate. Here's how to use built-in language translation in Safari in iOS 14.

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  1. Tap the action button on the left side of the address bar while visiting a site that you need to translate. The button looks like two A's next to each other.
  2. Tap Translate to [Your Device Language].

    Translate webpages in iOS 14, showing how to tap the action button, then tap Translate to EnglishSource: iMore

  3. Tap Enable Translation if prompted.

Your page will then be translated into the primary language that you've set on your device. If you want to revert back to the page's original language, take the following steps.

  1. Tap the translate button in the Safari address bar. It takes the place of the standard action button on the left side of the address bar.
  2. Tap View Original.

    Translate webpages in iOS 14, showing how to tap the translate button, then tap View OriginalSource: iMore

The page will revert to its original language.

How to activate the Microsoft Translator extension in Safari

If you're running a version of iOS 13 or earlier on your device, then a third-party app with a translation extension is what you'll want to use. Microsoft's Translator extension is an excellent tool for the task, as it translates the web page in place when activated.

Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator is a great third-party solution for translating web pages, and its translations take place in-line on the web, rather than taking you to another, translated version of the page like some other apps.

Once you've got it downloaded, you can set up the action extension for translation web pages.

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. While viewing a web page, tap the share button.
  3. Scroll to the left on the bottom row of icons.

    Activate Microsoft Translator extension, showing how to open Safari, tap the share button, then scroll to the leftSource: iMore

  4. Tap the More button.
  5. Turn the switch next to Microsoft Translator to the green 'on' position.
  6. Tap Done.

    Activate Microsoft Translator extension, showing how to tap More, turn on the switch, then tap DoneSource: iMore

How to translate a web page on iPhone with Microsoft Translator

Now that you have the app installed, you can use it in Safari from the share menu.

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Head to the web page that you want to translate.

    Translate a page, showing how to open Safari, then head to the pageSource: iMore

  3. Tap the share button at the bottom of the display.
  4. Tap the Microsoft Translator button. The extension will then translate the entire page for you.

    Translate a page, showing how to tap the share button, then tap Microsoft TranslatorSource: iMore

Questions?

If you have any further questions how to translate a web page on iPhone and iPad, let us know in the comments.

Updated September 2020: Added information instructions for the translation feature in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

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