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Your Pixel phone is your new interpreter.
Talking to anyone in another language is easier with Pixel’s Live Translate feature. Here’s how it works.

Yasat Hoeun lives in the US, but he likes to stay in touch with his extended family in France. 

“Their English is as good as my French – which is non-existent,” he says. Adding to the language complexities: Other members of his family only speak Khmer. 

For years, apps and manual translations have filled the gap for Hoeun, but Live Translate, a feature on Google’s Pixel phones, has made communicating across languages (and continents) much easier. It automatically translates messages as they arrive on his device – not just text-based chats but also spoken words, interpreting live audio from one speaker to another – without a separate app.1

“It’s life-changing for me,” Hoeun says. “We can text without having to switch in and out of different apps … and translate in no time.”

Connecting the world, one conversation at a time 

Even if you don’t have family in another country, the global, more connected nature of the world means you may find yourself needing to speak another language. That’s where Live Translate on Pixel phones comes in. Only speak French? This feature can help you chat with friends and family in Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and 17 other languages

Don’t have an internet connection? No problem. Thanks to Pixel’s Google Tensor processor, Live Translate puts state-of-the-art speech recognition and language translation right in your pocket, no matter where you are or how strong your network is. 

On Pixel phones, Live Translate works across text, camera, videos, podcasts, phone calls, video calls, and audio messages. That means you can read text in another language by pointing the camera at a sign or a menu, or watch a video that isn’t in your native tongue with the Live Caption feature. 

Want to turn your spoken words into audio in another language? Or turn a friend’s responses into audio in your own? Google’s Live Translate can do both. Just put your Pixel in Interpreter Mode, and voila!

Live Translating from Spanish to English

You can make the Live Translate process even more seamless with Pixel Buds. Let’s say you only speak English, but you’re ordering food in a restaurant in Mexico City. Put your headphones in Conversation Mode by pressing and holding one of the earbuds and then say, “Help me speak Spanish.” Press and hold the earbud again and start speaking in English. A window will pop up on your Pixel phone, allowing you to select Spanish as the language you want to translate. When the waiter or waitress comes by, tap and hold the microphone button, and your device will translate in real time right into your headphones.2 Amazing, right?

How to translate on your Google Pixel Buds Pro

Yasat Hoeun It’s life-changing for me. We can text without having to switch in and out of different apps … and translate in no time.

Introducing Google Pixel, your new interpreter

The Live Translate feature on your Pixel 8 Pro can translate more than a dozen languages for you in real time, without an internet connection.

Introducing Google Pixel, your new interpreter

The Live Translate feature on your Pixel 8 Pro can translate more than a dozen languages for you in real time, without an internet connection.

Speaking freely in any language

Stacie Clymo knows just how helpful Live Translate can be. A leasing and resident manager at an apartment and townhouse community, she says the feature has improved communication with her tenants. “Our residents are often from outside the US, and some do not speak English fluently,” she says. 

Clymo likes to be able to get to know the people living in the community, but she doesn’t speak any of their languages. Live Translate streamlines her work and lets her talk freely with just about everyone, whether she’s making a phone call, speaking in person, or chatting over text.

“Once I got my Pixel, I started using Live Translate,” she says. “My residents tell me the translation is spot on.” 

Live Translate on Google Pixel 8 Pro

Yasat Hoeun and Stacie Clymo are official Pixel Superfans, Googles community for people who love Pixel products. Superfans gain access to private events, exclusive Q&As with Product and Engineering teams, limited edition merchandise, and other surprise perks. Interested in becoming a Superfan? Click here.

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Understand and communicate in languages other than your ownLive Translate translates automatically – no need to open an app or enter textThanks to Google Tensor, Live Translate doesn’t require an internet connection
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  1. Not available in all languages or countries. Not available on all media or apps. See g.co/pixel/livetranslate for more information. Translation may not be instantaneous.

  2. Requires a Google Assistant-enabled Android 6.0 or newer device, Google Account, and an internet connection. Data rates may apply. Translation is not instantaneous. Transcribe Mode translates from English to Spanish, German, French, and Italian. The audio you record in Transcribe Mode will be transmitted to Google for processing. Google may retain the transcription of your conversation for a limited period of time to help improve Google Translate. Please obtain consent from people around you before using this feature. For available languages and minimum requirements go to g.co/pixelbuds/help.