How to quickly translate the text on Android

You wish to translate a part of text of an article but you do not want Chrome to translate the whole web page? Today we will show you a very quick way to translate the selected text in browser (a single word or a phrase).

By the way, how many taps do you perform on your Android device to see the translation of an unknown word on a website?

How to Translate a Word or Phrase on Android

First, install the Google Translate app from the Play Store:

Then, follow the steps:

  1. Long press on the word (not the link). The word will be selected.
  2. Now you can either edit the selection or leave it as is (in case if you would like to translate the single word).
  3. In the pop-up menu, tap “Translate”.
    translate text on Android
    If you can’t see such an item, you should first tap the three dots icon to show it. translating a text in browser on Android

Now you should be able to see the translation results floating over the app:

Google translation results

Steps for Very Old Devices, Retro Android & App Versions

If you have a very old phone or tablet where you can’t update apps, here are the steps to translate text.

  1. Select the text in the browser.
  2. Tap the “Share” button:
  3. Select the Google Translate app.
  4. The text will be translated using current settings of the app. Change the language or direction if you need to translate to or from another language:

How to Make the “Translate” Item Fit in that Pop-Up?

On my Pixel phones everything is fine with the menu. But on other devices I often need to perform the extra tap every time I want to translate a text in a browser. I mean, I need to first tap on three dots and then select “Translate”.

I found a wonky workaround. I enable the Developer options on my Android device and try to gradually increase the “Smallest Width” value until that pop-up fits entirely.

adjust the smallest width in developer options


I have this app on my every device because I read a lot of tech news in different languages every day. And I can say, it is awesome!

Each time you find an unknown word or can’t understand a phrase (or even paragraph) in your browser or Google app, just 1) select the text and 2) tap “Translate”. That’s all you need to know.

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