May 7, 2021 in Language Translation, Localization, Translation

How to use Google Interpreter Mode

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If you are a traveler then it’s not easy for you to go over a new lingo each time you go on a trip. You have to interact with people with different cultures, backgrounds, and speaking foreign languages. However, simple communication can be frustrating if you have to converse with any of your friends, co-worker, family, or a relative who doesn’t speak your language. But it’s not going to be that always! Thanks to Google Assistant. Google keeps on updating its Assistant with new features and Google interpreter mode is the latest example of that. You can enable interpreter mode on your device and get some help when you desperately need it. Hence, it’s is just like your dearest live human translate assistant.

It’s hard enough to turn several pages in a dictionary to find the meaning and to have someone with you to translate each time. But Google has made it easier, you can use your mobile phones and use the Google interpreter mode to help you with translations. Hence, it will help break down the language barriers and translate conversations in real-time for you. So, in this article, we will help you with different features of it, what it is, how it works, how you can enable it on your smartphones, and how to use interpreter mode.

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What is Google interpreter mode?

It is a feature that allows Google Assistant to translate whatever you want to speak with someone who doesn’t speak your language. Hence, it will enable you to have a back-and-forth conversation with some speaking different languages. However, real-time translations are among its features. This is a virtual assistant fueled by Artificial intelligence. There are three modes available on the Google interpreter app:

  • Manual mode
  • Auto mode 
  • Keyboard mode

Which devices support Google interpreter?

You can enjoy Google Assistant’s ability to translate and interpret on your smart devices as it is available on both Android and iOS.

  • Smart speakers
  • All Google home speaker
  • Smart displays
  • Google home hub
  • Home speakers with Google Assistant built-in
  • Smart clocks

Languages available

Whether you are using an iPhone or Android smartphone, you can translate into 44 languages in Google interpreter mode. Hence, these include:

  • Danish, Arabic, Czech, Hungarian, English, Finnish, Russian, French, Greek, German
  • Hindi, Dutch, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian.
  • Ukrainian, Portuguese, Romanian, Filipino (Tagalog), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish.
  • Polish, Turkish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Depending on your situation you can communicate in different ways. if you are in a quiet environment you can type using a keyboard or select a language to speak. However, Google interpreter mode can automatically figure out the language that you are speaking so there’s no need to instruct Google. But, make sure that is a supported language.

How to enable Google assistant’s interpreter mode?

It is very easy to enable, you just have to ask Google to turn on the feature, and it’s all set to use. Hence, it listens to any speech nearby through the microphone and transcribes the speech in real-time. You can also be to see the written translation on your screen. However, Google home translate also offers smart replies at the bottom of your phone screen. These smart replies are also known as contextual text bubbles. Hence, it makes conversation easier by letting you respond without speaking with the person you want to talk to.

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How to use google interpreter mode?

It is simple and easy to use. The version of Google Assistant on tablets and phones have few more language options than on smart display devices and smart speakers. Hence, one being the national language of Pakistan that is Urdu.

Use on mobiles and tablets

  • If you are using Android then you don’t have to download it because it’s already included in the operating systems in Androids. But, you have to download the Google Assistant app from the app store if you are using iPhone.
  • Open the app by swiping in from the bottom right or left corner on the Android and say Hey Google or Ok Google. Hence, the AI is now listening. You can tap the Google Assistant app to open it with iPhone or iPad.
  • Ask Google Assistant to be your interpreter to start the interpreter mode. You can say something like this:
    1. Be my Chinese interpreter
    2. “Be my French interpreter”
    3. “Interpret from Dutch to English, or English to French.”
  • It will determine the language by your way of doing this. Hence, you can also say “Turn on interpreter mode.”
  • If you have not yet specified then Google Assistant will ask you which language you want to use or get translated. Hence, it also detects language according to your locations depending upon your setting. 
  • Auto mode will automatically detect the person’s language and translate it into the desired language.
  • If you select manual mode it will allow you to choose at least one language at a time. Hence, hit the microphone icon for the language that is being spoken. 
  • Keyboard mode is also available you can use that too. Type the language using the keyboard icon and it will get translated.
  • The most dynamic mode is auto mode.

Use on speakers and smart displays

  • On these devices interpreter mode only works in the auto mode. Use the same commands for starting it as before. However, say Hey Google turn on the interpreter and it will ask you which language you want to use.
  • You will hear a sound or tone when Goggle Assistant is listening or translation mode is on. Hence, when you hear that sound just starts talking. AI will know which language you are using and automatically translate each language. 

Stop translating a conversation

  • You can use few commands that you can say to stop using interpreter mode:
    1. “Stop”
    2. “Exit”
    3. “Quit”
  • You can just swipe from left to right to stop interpreter mode on smart displays.

How to fix issues with Google Assistant?

There’s a chance that you may run into issues while using it because artificial intelligence-powered technology is not always perfect. Hence, every command will not activate the interpreter mode if Google Assistant didn’t recognize them. Here are few examples:

“Speak Dutch” (or any other language)


“Can you speak French”

Commands like these are acceptable for Google Assistant to start working. Hence, it may not catch everything that you say. Don’t start speaking before you hear the tone. Make sure your pronunciation is correct and you are speaking clearly. Remain close to your device while speaking otherwise it may translate incorrectly.


The language barrier is no more an issue with the use of Google interpreter mode. Whether you are going on a trip or you have to meet your relative or friend who speaks a different language than yours. Thankfully you can use your mobile phone and handy devices to remove communication gaps. However, for businesses and companies, it’s a very useful app. Hence, it will help sell their products and services to customers and clients.

Hopefully, this article will help you solve all your problems regarding Google interpreter mode. If you have any misconceptions and confusion in your mind you can contact us at any time. Our assistance and services are always available for you. You can give us your feedback and opinions below in the comments.

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