How to use Google Translate without a connection?

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Google Translate offers the possibility of carrying out translations with the application even without having an Internet connection. But to take advantage of it, you must first carry out a small manipulation. Explained in this tutorial.

Did you know that Google Translate has an offline mode? Very useful when you go abroad or when you do not have access to the mobile network or to a Wi-Fi network for any reason, this feature is to be known to know how to use Google Translate correctly.

To start, know that the option is only available through the Google Translate mobile application. It is not offered for desktop, being necessarily much less useful on a computer than on a smartphone or tablet. You will need to upload translation files from a source language to a target language. You will therefore perhaps have to download several files depending on your situation: from French to English and from English to French for example, or several languages 鈥嬧媋ssociated with French if you are going to a country where practiced several languages 鈥嬧媋part from French (Switzerland with German and Italian or Spain with Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician, for example). Each file usually weighs several tens of MB, so make sure you have enough storage space to complete the downloads.


Use Google Translate offline

To be able to use Google Translate without an Internet connection, follow the steps described below. The screenshots are from an Android smartphone, but the handling is identical on iOS and iPadOS. To avoid consuming your mobile data, be sure to connect to a Wi-Fi network to perform downloads.

  1. Enter the Google Translate app.

  2. Tap the three horizontal bars at the top left of the screen to open the menu.

  3. In the column that opened, press "Offline Translation" (or "Translation out")

  4. The list of available languages 鈥嬧媡hen appears. Tap the language you want to download (either its name or the download icon to the right).

  5. In the window that opens, the application tells you the size of the file. Click on "Download" to get it and be able to use this language offline.


Download languages 鈥嬧媐rom Google Translate via 4G

You don't have access to a Wi-Fi network and you urgently need to download your language files? Then you have the possibility of launching the download in 4G. Depending on the application settings, it may not let you do so as not to waste your data envelope. Here's how to force download in 4G.

  1. Open the Google Translate app.

  2. Tap the three horizontal bars at the top left of the screen to open the menu.

  3. Once it opens, press "Parameters".

  4. Then select "Use of data".

  5. In the section "Download offline translation files", Press on "Download offline translation files".

  6. Then select "Use Wi-Fi or mobile network"Or"Ask for confirmation before downloading" to allow 4G downloads.


Update and delete languages

Don't hesitate to check back regularly on the available languages 鈥嬧媠ide to obtain the most recent version of the language files. You will thus benefit from the best possible service. On the contrary, if you no longer need a language, you can delete it and thus free up space on your mobile device. Here's how:

  1. Enter the Google Translate app.

  2. Tap the three horizontal bars at the top left of the screen to open the menu.

  3. In the column that opened, press "Offline Translation" (or "Translation out")

  4. The list of available languages 鈥嬧媡hen appears. In the upper section"Languages 鈥嬧媎ownloaded", tap the name of the language you want to remove or the trash can icon, then confirm your choice by tapping "Remove". To update a language, simply press "Update profile" next to it. If this mention does not appear, it means that you already have the latest version of the file.


You now have everything you need to manage Google Translate's offline options. This should make your life easier when traveling abroad.

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