One of the less brilliant but adding value upgrades to Safari this year is translation included in System iOS 14, where the built-in translation feature allows how to translate websites on iPhone and iPad phones in iOS 14 and (iPadOS 14).
In addition to the new translation app for iPhones and iPads in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Safari also has the ability to translate entire websites using the latest software. The feature is in beta, but it works well, and it is great to see Apple add features like these offered by Google Chrome.
As we have indicated in the hands-on of the new translation app for iOS 14, translation supports 11 languages at the moment, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and the same is likely to apply to the translation feature in Safari.
Note: iOS 14 (iPadOS 14) is available as free public trials as well as developer betas for iPhones and iPads.
How to translate websites on iPhones and iPads:
- Open a website in a foreign language Safari browser using iPhones or iPads.
- Tap on the (aA) icon located in the top left corner of your screen (in the url / search bar).
- Choose translation into Arabic or your primary language.
- The first time you use the feature, click Enable Subtitles to use the trial version.
- You can click the (aA) icon to turn off subtitles.
Since Apple’s new website translate feature in Browser is still in beta, it is of course not perfect, but overall it works really well and is available for most of the websites I visited.
Once you click the translate button for a website, the translation will automatically work for any pages within the domain itself. And when you visit a new website in a foreign language, repeat the above steps.
While the Apple Translate app can be used offline, note that the translation feature in Safari in iOS 14 relies on Apple’s servers to function but does not store any information from the websites that translate it.