Whether we are going on vacation or preparing for a business trip abroad, it is likely that we are worried about not being able to speak a language that is not our own. The problem increases if, dazzled by exotic destinations, we decide to visit a destination where we don’t even know its writing system. In this type of case, the classic dictionaries will not be able to get us out of trouble because we will not be able to consult them.
For this type of situation there are apps capable of translating through the camera of our phone. Thanks to them we only have to focus our cell phone on the message in question and it will appear almost magically translated into our language.
Nowadays there are many applications that can perform this task, but not all of them offer results with the same level of quality.
Would you like to know which ones we like the most?
1. Google Translator
Google Translator was one of the pioneer applications when it comes to translating messages using the camera of our cell phone. It is completely free and offers versions for both Android and iOS. You can download it quickly and easily below these lines.
- Google Translator for Android
- Google Translator for iOS
Google Translator offers the classic translation in which we write a message and it appears translated, the translation of voice messages and also two different ways to translate with our camera.
Firstly, it offers real-time translation where by simply focusing on the message with the camera, it will appear with the translation superimposed on the image.
Secondly, we can take a picture of the message and then point out with our finger which part we want to translate. After that, Google Translator will show that message underlined in the language of our choice.
One of the strong points of Google Translator is that, by using Google’s translation engine, it offers an endless number of compatible languages. This way you won’t have any problem translating anything you don’t understand regardless of the country you are visiting.
2. Microsoft Translator
Microsoft Translator is the Redmond company’s bet to translate any message you don’t understand. In a similar way to Google Translate, this application allows you to translate both written text and text from your camera, but it also allows you to translate voice conversations. You can download the application for free and securely below these lines.
- Microsoft Translator for Android
- Microsoft Translator for iOS
To translate a message with our camera using Microsoft Translator, we will first have to take a picture of the text in question and then upload it to the application. After that we will receive the message perfectly translated into the language we want.
As it does not have real-time translation, the application may be a bit slower to use than Google Translate, but it is still very convenient and useful.
3. Naver Papag
Naver Papago is an interesting application that will allow you to translate text, and audio , of course, image messages through our camera.
It is very easy to use and offers reliable results in just a few seconds, all without having to pay a single cent. You can download Naver Papago below.
- Naver Papago para Android
Translating a text through an image with Naver Papago is really easy. Just open the application, click on the camera icon and take a picture of the text to translate. Naver Papago will recognize the text and show you the translated text instantly.
The only weak point of the app is that it has 13 languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Russian, German and Italian.
4. Yandex Translate
Yandex would be the Russian equivalent of Google and as such, it offers an excellent application with which to translate messages in the blink of an eye. With 95 languages at your disposal, you will hardly miss any of them, making it an excellent free alternative to the rest of the programs on the list.
You can safely download Yandex Translate below.
- Yandex Translate for Android
- Yandex Translate para iOS
Yandex Translate allows translation of text and audio messages both online and offline and, of course, translation through images.
To use this service, simply take a picture of the message to translate or upload to the application one that you already have in your phone’s camera roll. After that Yandex Translate will show you the perfectly translated message.
5. Camera Translator: Translat
Finally, we would like to recommend Camera Translator: Translate+. This excellent application offers more than 100 languages with which to translate any text that you put in front of the camera of your cell phone.
Camera Translator: Translate+ is a powerful tool capable of translating images, photos and also documents. Just take a snapshot from your mobile camera and the app will not only automatically detect the language, but it will translate all the text respecting its format and even if there are images in it.
Its only disadvantage is that if we are Android users, we will not be able to use it. You can download the application for iOS below.
The operation of Camera Translator: Translate+ is very intuitive. Simply upload the image of the text to be translated and wait for the application to review and translate it.
Once the process is finished, Camera Translator offers interesting options such as sharing the translation with other applications on your cell phone.
We hope this list will help you when translating texts with your phone’s camera.