It is now possible to translate texts with the Google Lens app without the need for an internet connection. Android Planet show how this works in this quick tip.
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Translate Google Lens offline: that’s how it works
With the Google Lens app, you can now also translate offline texts, as website discovered 9 to 5 Google. This is useful if your internet bundle is (almost) used up and you do not have a WiFi connection or are abroad. You can also use the function if, for example, there is a foreign description on a product that you have purchased.
You translate offline texts by downloading language packs in advance. Google Lens lets you choose from many different languages, it also shows in advance how large such a language package is and whether you have enough space available. It goes like this:
- Open the Google Lens app on your Android smartphone;
- Go to the ‘Translate’ tab and then tap the pill-shaped button ‘Auto detect> English’ under the Google Lens logo;
- You will then see which language packs are available in the Google Lens app. Press the download button on the right to download them;
- When the download is complete, you will see a check mark next to the languages that you have saved offline.
If you have completed the steps above, you can translate texts without having to be connected to the internet. Open the Google Lens app on your smartphone, tap ‘Translate’, point your camera at a text and then choose the correct language. After this you will see that foreign texts automatically appear on the screen of your device in Dutch (or in a language of your choice).