Translate Even Without a Network Connection on Android Phones
Article by George Norman
On 28 Mar 2013
The Google Translate app for Android smartphones, thanks to offline language packages, can now meet your translation needs even when you don’t have an active internet connection.

The Google Translate Android app is great for when you are on the go and you need to get something translated. Just take out your Android phone and you will be able to quickly translate words or phrases from one language to another. Chances are though that you will need to access this sort of functionality when you’re abroad, on vacation in a foreign country for example. And the bad news in this scenario is that you may not have access to the internet – and with out an internet connection, you can’t access Google Translate’s functionality.


Aware of this fact, Google updated the app so that it can meet your translation needs even when you do not have access to the internet. The latest Google Translate Android app, version 2.6, comes with language packages that will help you break through language barriers when you are offline. Said offline language packages are available for Android 2.3 and above and they support 50 languages. You can see all offline language packages available for download by selecting Offline Languages in the app menu (check out the image below).

“While the offline models are less comprehensive than their online equivalents, they are perfect for translating in a pinch when you are traveling abroad with poor reception or without mobile data access,” said Minqi Jiang, Associate Product Manager, on behalf of the Google Translate Team. “So go out and explore another language or another culture without worrying about Internet access. There’s a whole world offline out there,” Jiang added.

The Google Translate app for Android is available for download for free in the Play Store here.
If you find yourself frequently needing to translate text while on the go, you are very well advised to get the app.

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