How to translate audio with Google Translate

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Google Translate is not limited to translating text on websites and documents. You can also use this service to translate your audio. We’ll show you how to do it on your desktop and mobile phone.

Please note that you cannot directly translate your recorded audio files with this service. You need to play your files when Google Translate is listening to translate your content from your source language to your chosen target language.

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Translate audio with Google Translate on desktop

If you have a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, first open your preferred web browser and launch the Google Translate website. You do not need to log in to the site to access its features.

When the site opens, in the box on the left, choose the source language. This is the language your audio is in.

Choose the source language.

In the box on the right, choose the language you want to translate your audio into.

Select the target language.

After selecting the source and target languages, click the microphone icon on the screen. If your browser asks for access to your computer’s microphone, allow it to do so.

Speak into your computer’s microphone and Google Translate will translate your audio and display the result on your screen. To play the translated version, click the sound icon.

To translate an audio file saved on your computer, play that file after clicking the microphone icon on the Google Translate website. Make sure your speakers are loud enough for your microphone to pick up.

Translate your voice with Google Translate for mobile

To translate speech on an Android, iPhone, or iPad, first download and launch the free Google Translate app.

In the lower left corner of the app, tap the language that is displayed.

Tap the current source language.

In the “Translate from” menu, select the language that your original audio is in.

Choose the source language.

Tap the language on the right and choose the target language.

Tap the current target language.

After selecting both languages, at the bottom of the app, tap the microphone icon. If the app asks to access your phone’s microphone, leave it.

Now speak into your phone’s microphone and the Google Translate app will translate your speech in real time.

You can listen to the translated content by touching the sound icon.

If you want to translate a saved audio file, transfer it to another device and play it when Google Translate is listening.

In case you want to translate a real-time conversation in two different languages, at the bottom of the Google Translate app, tap on the “Conversation” option. On the next page, both you and the other party can speak to have your speeches translated.

Google translator "Conversation" fashions

And that’s how you use this excellent translation service for your audio content. Very useful!


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