- To download a language in the Translate app on an iPhone running iOS 14, open the list of languages, and then select a language from the “Available Offline Languages” section.
- Downloading a language will save its dictionary to your iPhone, allowing you to translate even when you don’t have an internet connection.
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The iPhone’s Translate app, new to iOS 14, is a conversational translation app that works with about a dozen languages.
By default, the app relies on an internet connection to translate text. But you can also download languages for offline use, which is convenient if you need to use the app when you’re in an area with no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.
How to download languages in Translate on iPhone
1. Start the Translate app.
2. At the top of the screen, tap one of the language boxes. The one on the left is probably set to “English US” by default.
3. Scroll down to the “Available Offline Languages” section and tap the language you want to download to your phone. It will download to your phone, which may take a few moments. When it’s done, you should see a checkmark indicating it’s been downloaded.
4. A single downloaded language isn’t useful for a 2-way conversation, so choose any other languages you want to download as well. When you’re finished, tap “Done.”
After you download languages to the iPhone, you can select those languages in the app and use them for translation when there’s no internet access.
If you play back your translations, you’ll notice that the app uses a lower quality voice when in offline mode. But whenever you have internet access, the app will default to using the online version and you’ll hear a high quality voice.
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