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Rated 4.75056 From 83,269 Votes
$ 0.00
  • Last Updated: 2020-09-16
  • New version: 20.8.2.6
  • File size: 134.07 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. and Android 4.4. KitKat or later

Microsoft Translator


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Microsoft Translator is an iPhone and Android Productivity App, made by Microsoft Corporation. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Microsoft Corporation, with the latest current version being 20.8.2.6 which was officially released on 2020-09-16. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 83,269 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.75056 out of a possible 5 stars.

How does it Work?


Microsoft Translator is a free, personal translation app for 60+ languages, to translate text, voice, conversations, camera photos and screenshots. You can even download languages for offline translation for free to use when you travel! • Text translation into over 60 languages*, for online and offline use • Camera translation to translate text within photos and screenshots • Voice translation to translate speech, and a split-screen mode for two participants having a bilingual conversation • Multi-person conversation translation - connect your devices and have in-person conversations with up to 100 people across multiple languages • Phrasebooks for verified translations and pronunciation guides to help you learn important phrases in foreign languages when you travel • Look up alternate translations and meanings of a word to find the best translation to express yourself • Download languages for offline use for when you travel without an internet connection • Hear your translated phrase out loud to help you learn how to say the translation • View transliterations (pronunciation guides) to help you pronounce the translation (includes Pinyin support for Chinese) • Share your translations with other apps • Pin and save your most frequent translations for later • Translate websites on Safari using the Microsoft Translator browser extension • Speak to your Apple watch to get an instant translation • Automatically sync translations between your phone and Apple watch Translator supports the following languages:  Afrikaans, Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian (Latin), Bulgarian, Cantonese (Traditional), Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong Daw, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quer'etaro Otomi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tahitian, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yucatec Maya. Microsoft Translator is powered by cutting-edge technology used by Office, Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer as well as by partners such as Twitter, Yelp, eBay, WeChat and more. *Some features are not available in all languages. // Request for User Permissions // [Mandatory access] 1. View Network access To detect whether the device is on Wi-Fi, mobile data, or not connected to a network. This helps the app know whether it should translate while online, or use an offline language pack. 2. Network access For access to Wi-Fi or mobile data to perform text or speech translations, and download offline language packs. [Optional access] 1. Camera To take pictures for image translations, and to scan QR codes when joining a conversation. 2. Microphone To translate speech. 3. Photos/Media/Files To open photos from the device for image translation. 4. Storage To open photos from the device for image translation, and to save downloaded offline language packs.

Top Reviews

  • Variable translation-speed could be improved dramatically...


    By SysOp404
    ...by giving a choice of four playback icons, (always visible), each with a number indicating its speed, so users would gain precise control over the audio playback of each tap - from “Normal-4”, “Slow-3”, “Slower-2” to “Slowest-1”. We CAN be trusted with making this decision for ourselves... really. The current auto-slowing with each tap, is better than nothing, but the lack of control is so annoying, as to cause many of us to just keep that feature turned OFF, most of the time. (Oh... and BTW... with that switch being in Settings, it certainly isn’t quickly or readily available.) But, on the plus side, by implementing this suggestion, NO disable switch would be needed, anymore.
  • Issues with Some Languages, and Multiple Missing


    By I'm_a_Christian
    Whenever I translate to and from Hebrew (true example), the punctuation gets completely messed up. Oftentimes I’ll hit the double arrows button to translate the results back to English to check. Whenever this happens (and this issue has improved some over time with updates), if there was a period at the end, one magically appears at the beginning as well, and so on with question marks, exclamation points, etc. (though not with commas). Also, several words in both Hebrew and other languages aren’t recognized and make radical transformations, including both common and proper nouns. In one incident, I repeatedly tried to translate a sentence containing “Galilee” (a region in northern Israel), and when I checked, “Galilee” had become “the cylinder!” I tried over and over with the same results. These were not the only times there was a glitch in the system, leading me to distrust Microsoft Translator with languages other than the Romance Languages (Spanish, French, etc.), with which I encountered much less error.
  • Better than Google Translator


    By Zareview
    I moved to Switzerland and I used to use google translator for everything since it had image translation feature that came very handy when in restaurants, or in streets. However, after using Microsoft translator, I never went back to Google app. First off, MS translator does much better job of pronouncing the words or a phrase by slowing it down for each retry. Secondly, when translating through image capture, it puts the words in the original image. Google and other translators bunch them all up in an unformatted paragraph which make it unclear where a sentence ends or starts. Very nice work by MS. The only improvement I would recommend is to have the landscape feature work. Currently, everything must be in portrait.
  • Just what I have been searching for


    By Wbarras
    Just downloaded this app. I have been playing with it all afternoon. We are planing a trip to Japan in the fall. I have been thinking of purchasing one of those hand held voice translators. I have been reading reviews and looking at all manor of voice translators for months. Hand held and earbud translators range anywhere from $100 to as much as $400+. Well.....this app seems to have everything I have been looking for in a voice translator. All in an app on my iPhone 8. An additional plus is I wont have to carry my phone AND a separate voice translators. And the basic is FREE! I gave 4 stars because I haven’t had a chance you use this application while traveling. I have a feeling it will rate the five stars plus!
  • The best


    By Levi Abbott
    I use this app almost daily, while I have been around Spanish speakers for my entire adult life and even taken several Spanish classes, I often just don’t understand or have difficulty expressing myself. Having a translator app on my phone really removes hurdles in daily life. I have tried the comparable app from Google and for English/Spanish Microsoft has done a vastly superior job handling linguistic idioms. To often other translators provide a literal word for word translation that is difficult and sometimes doesn’t convey the original intent. The chat function is great to collaborate with multiple people too.
  • Froze when speaking out other participants’ output


    By bep6744
    Hi there. I am Deaf and uses this for my chats with colleagues at work. My co-worker have the app installed and I have it installed on my iPad. Two problems that you need to note: 1) Fix the rotation issue so I can read it easily on the iPad. It wouldn’t rotate AT ALL. 2) My co-worker turned on “auto-play messages” so her iPhone will read out loud when I send a message. She also have the “Presentator mode” turned on as well — so she don’t have to press and hold the microphone button. It sure did read out loud pretty good, but the problem is that her app’s microphone froze for maybe 1 to 2 minutes unless I trigger an action like open keyboard and then close keyboard and then click on the Microphone again. It became a bit annoying and would be perfect if these issues are fixed! Thank you!
  • Share shortcut doesn’t work, and photo translation needs Romaji option


    By NaokaTarema
    The whole reason I tried this app was to have the “share to translate” function that Google translate didn’t have, but it doesn’t work at all. It always says that I’m not connected to the internet, and the translation options aren’t even visible when you tap on the language spots (it’s just a blank screen that comes up, and if you select done, it goes to auto-detect and Spanish. I only have Japanese downloaded for offline use, and Spanish is still the only blind selection that comes up even on airplane mode). Additionally, there needs to be a way of checking the readings for the kanji for trying to learn the language, on the image itself. When I bring an image into the app itself to actually make the translation work, there’s no way to have the overlay show Romaji instead of the nonsense translation it puts over the text.
  • My lifesaver


    By Bunnyrabbithare
    I should have known earlier that this translator had Cantonese because searching for a working Cantonese translator online with pronunciations is certainly very difficult to do, mainly because Cantonese is not spoken very much. Being a millennial, learning Cantonese is difficult, mainly because where I live in the US, no one teaches it and Mandarin is usually preferred and Google translate had Cantonese input, which for me is somewhat surprising, but there wasn't a reverse function so I couldn't type in English to them hear the spoken words. Now that I have this, I can reduce the language barrier between my relatives who only speak Cantonese.
  • Best language converter, with typical inaccuracies


    By stddef
    This is definitely the best language translator app in the store, and it’s free! The second best is iTranslate, but it’s expensive and though it has good features, it’s more wrong than this one, despite iTranslate using the same starting point. Either way, get this app and try it, the best feature bout it is the image scan that translates your documents or signs or whatever. It does a really good job and that’s where you can see the big company of Microsoft’s involvement because their AI is so good. :)
  • Microsoft Corporation is Retarded


    By M:E/M)O(R\Y
    I don’t care what this is, the app. All I care about is hating on Microsoft. Maybe they don’t make things, but when something is made, they infect it with Microsoft and then make it crappy and stupid. I once had Minecraft on my PC. Always have owned it, until I wanted to play it. Then it told me to buy it, AGAIN, for 30 more dollars. Then I redone loaded the new Modern Warfare, it originally costed 100$ or 60$ or something like that. To me, that’s a lot of money, same with 30$. I’m only - what? Thirteen. I got onto the new Modern Warfare after having to reinstall it 3 times because I thought it was glitched, then it said I could only play the stupid game mode - Warzone. So if you want to kill Microsoft with me before it makes you re-buy all of your games, then join me, we must eliminate and terminate Microsoft. For the better.

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