Translate a website into your language (instructions)

Translate websites using google translate
Translate websites using google translate. Image: MikeB using Canva.
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Here’s how to translate a website into your language using Google Translate. It is a bit fiddlier on phones because of the restricted size of the device. But this is pretty straightforward for first-time users.

  1. Copy the website’s address by tapping it once. The website’s address is the ‘URL’. It is in the box above the website’s home page. You can copy this by pressing your finger on it on a touch sensitive screen (mobile phone) or clicking it once using your mouse or trackpad.
  2. Go to Google’s translate page by clicking on this link: https://translate.google.com/ (opens a new tab/window)
  3. On that page select “Websites”
  4. Paste the URL into the box by (1) right-clicking and selecting ‘paste’ or (2) when using a mobile phone pressing your finger on the box and select ‘paste’
  5. Select the language you want to translate the website into using the menu above the URL you’ve just pasted in.
  6. Click the blue button to the right of the URL box. DONE.

Alternative:

To translate a webpage into English you can right-click on the page and select ‘translate to English’. DONE. This method may translate to your language as well.

Alternative:

To translate sections of a webpage to your language you can use the Google Translate website referred to above. Just select ‘Text’ rather than ‘Websites’ and copy the text you want translating and paste the text into the box.

Note 1: remember that technology is fast moving and things change. These methods may be different in months or years to come. If you have some better methods, please tell me in a comment.

Note 2: Some websites have a translate facility. I used to have one for this site but it is currently turned off as it slows page load times.

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