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Achtung! Google Translate now works from within any Android app

Google Translate has been updated to allow a one-tap translation function from within any Android app. The feature, known as Google Tap to Translate, launches automatically once you’ve copied any text.

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Google Tap to Translate is live. / © ANDROIDPIT

In the past, Google Translate would have to be opened separately and the text copied and pasted between apps. With this new feature, which works like Facebook Messenger chat heads, app switching is no longer required, delivering a smoother experience.

This brings the Google app closer to its Chrome browser functionality on desktop platforms. Chrome allows you to translate text from different languages without leaving your current tab or window, simply by highlighting it. For me, it's a worthy upgrade to the app.  

Watch the video below to see how it works.

Also included in Google Translate version 5.0 is support for simplified and traditional Chinese characters in the Word Lens mode (when you tap the camera icon for a live translation). Sadly, Word Lens itself remains quite erratic.

The good news is that this update efficiently addresses a longstanding problem with Google Translate. If you often receive messages in other languages, I can't see any reason why you wouldn't love the new functionality.

Google Translate 5.0 hasn’t launched officially in the Play Store in all locations yet, but you can download and install the APK manually by heading over to APK Mirror.

If you need help installing APKs, or don’t know what they are, you can learn more here. It’s really easy.

Hopefully, you're all pleased with this update. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments. 


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  • Google Translate's "Tap to Translate" feature is not real tap to translate, because you still need to copy text to clipboard in pre-Marshmallow android, or select text in Marshmallow before you can tap to translate.
    There is an app that adds real "Tap To Translate" feature to Google Translate. Go to for more information.

  • It's useful.

  • This really helps someone like me lol

  • Actually I'm mainly anticipating replacing the 260mb French offline pack with one that's 90% smaller, fingers crossed. Have never understood why what amount to dictionary files ever needed to be so bloated.

    Now that Android has rehabilitated external storage via the microSD card, I wish Google's apps would let themslves be installed, or at least have their data kept, on the microSD. As is, I keep those giant offline Translate files on the external card and manually move them to internal storage when needed for travelling.

  • Mark G. 5 months ago Link to comment

    This is good news, Google/android should be more integrated a lot better, Android should know my language is English so any data sources in another language should be translated or given the opportunity to translate automatically rather than having to take several steps (copy paste open translate etc etc).

    In my opinion Google could and should be so much better integrated with each of the suite of Google apps.

    Peace ✌

  • Life made easy eh?

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    seems so cool although the feature already existed in the desktop version way before ,I think its so use full.

  • it's a cool upgrade, but I wish Google would put translate into Now on Tap

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