When iOS 14 got here out, Apple launched Translate, an app for translating voice and textual content between a number of languages (even inside Safari). Sadly, it isn’t as complete as some third-party apps and even Siri. That is why Apple makes use of Microsoft’s translation providers inside Shortcuts. It might sound shocking, however we’re not complaining since you are able to do some fairly superior issues with it.

One such factor is letting you ship translated messages extra simply in your iPhone. A pre-made shortcut known as “Dictate Translation to Textual content Message” transcribes no matter you say, then has it translated into one other language. As soon as interpreted, the message is copied to your clipboard. Then, all it’s essential to do is paste it into the messaging or social media app of your alternative and ship or put up it.

With the assistance of the Again Faucet accessibility function, you possibly can even run the shortcut from anyplace in your system in order that you do not have to modify from app to app to ship translated messages to your family and friends.


The shortcut we’re utilizing right now is optimized for iOS 14. We tried it on iOS 13, and it produced errors, so you will need iOS 14. Plus, if you wish to use the Again Faucet motion to activate the shortcut extra conveniently, you will want iOS 14 anyway. (Again Faucet requires an iPhone eight or later.)

You will additionally want the Shortcuts app. For those who’ve deleted it for some purpose, you possibly can set up it once more at no cost from the App Retailer. Aside from that, simply be sure you have “Enable Untrusted Shortcuts” on in Settings –> Shortcuts, otherwise you will not be capable to set up the shortcut.

Step 1: Add the Shortcut

You may entry the pre-made “Dictate Translation to Textual content Message” shortcut, from RoutineHub consumer make it work, utilizing the direct hyperlink under. Alternatively, you will get the shortcut from its devoted RoutineHub web page to be sure you’re utilizing the newest model. At the moment, the shortcut is on model 1.0, launched on Dec. 14.

For those who’re not redirected to the Shortcuts app straight away, faucet on “Get Shortcut.” You may then view the shortcut’s actions and add it to your library by scrolling to the underside of its preview and tapping “Add Untrusted Shortcut.”

Step 2: Configure the Shortcut

Earlier than the shortcut is added to the library, you should configure it. The primary web page will transient you on how the shortcut works, however we’ll clarify that in additional element within the subsequent step, so you possibly can faucet on “Proceed” to maneuver on.

On the subsequent web page, you possibly can change the default language you are translating from, which is English (United States). To vary it, faucet on the language and select from dozens of others, together with Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Chinese language, French, German, and Hindi. Hit “Completed” once you’re completed.

Step 3: Add the Shortcut to Again Faucet

Earlier than we run the shortcut, you should have a technique to simply achieve this with out having to go away no matter app you are in, whether or not it is Messages, WhatsApp, or Fb. You may run it utilizing AssistiveTouch, but it surely’s higher to make use of Again Faucet, which lets you run any shortcut by tapping on the again of your iPhone.

Launch Settings and go to Accessibility –> Contact –> Again Faucet. Now, select both “Double Faucet” or “Triple Faucet” and choose the “Dictate Translation to Textual content Message” shortcut from the listing. The shortcut can now be activated from anyplace by tapping on the again of your iPhone both twice or thrice.

Step 4: Use Speech to Textual content to Translate

Now you should utilize “Dictate Translation to Textual content Message” to talk in your language and translate it right into a written textual content in one other language. Within the app of your alternative, faucet (twice or 3 times) on the again of your iPhone to run the shortcut. The primary time you do, you will be requested to grant the shortcut entry to speech recognition (an accessibility function) and your microphone. Faucet on “OK” for each of those requests to proceed.

As soon as the textual content field seems, you possibly can start to talk. Nonetheless, earlier than you begin the sentence you wish to translate, say the identify of the language you wish to translate to (there are almost 80 languages you possibly can select from). Within the instance under, you possibly can see the phrase “Polish” earlier than beginning my sentence. After saying the language identify, communicate out the phrases you wish to translate.

To translate your phrases, cease talking or faucet on the crimson cease button. After a number of seconds, the shortcut will translate the textual content, learn it aloud, and replica the translated message to your clipboard. From there, all it’s essential to do is press your finger down in any accessible textual content field, hit “Paste,” after which both add or ship it.

Sadly, there isn’t a technique to translate the messages you obtain utilizing this shortcut, however you possibly can seek for others inside the Shortcuts app or on-line. You may even create your personal shortcut to translate messages you obtain, or you possibly can at all times use any variety of third-party translation providers, like Google Translate. You may even use Again Faucet once more to run a unique shortcut or open an app like Google Translate.


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