The 6 Best Translation Apps for iPhone and Android

Top translator tools for travelers

If you frequently travel to other countries around the world, you've probably come face to face with the language barrier. Fortunately, there are plenty of amazing apps out there that can help bridge that gap. Here are some of the best translation apps you can use abroad.

If what you really need is a translation app on your computer to help translate documents and such, there are plenty of translation apps and browser extensions that might serve your purpose.

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Best for Handwritten Translations: Google Translate

Using Google Translate to translate handwritten text
What We Like
  • Write blurbs to translate with your finger.

  • Use 103 languages when typing.

  • Use camera to translate images.

What We Don't Like
  • Only 59 languages available for download for online translation.

  • Only 37 languages available for camera translation.

  • Voice translation is a bit slow.

For situations where voice translation isn't appropriate, Google Translate offers a unique, handwritten translation tool inside their translation app. Simply use your finger to write what you want to translate and receive the phrase back in over 90 languages.

Google Translate also offers camera translation, typing translation, and voice translation. You can also use the included phrasebook to find and save phrases for easy access. Google Translate is also a great online translator.

Google Translate is free to download and use for both iOS and Android devices.

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Best for Spanish Translation: Spanishdict

Using SpanishDict to translate English to Spanish
What We Like
  • See dictionary with each translation.

  • View examples of the translated text.

  • Ability to hear the phrase in Spanish with the touch of a button.

What We Don't Like
  • Voice translation is a bit slow.

  • Ads inside app without upgrading.

  • App may not understand localized slang used.

SpanishDict is the perfect English to Spanish and Spanish to English translator out there. The app only focuses on Spanish, complete with a dictionary and examples for each translation. You also have the option to hear the phrase you translate by tapping the speaker icon.

Although the voice translation is a bit slow, SpanishDict is great at translating text, whether they're short phrases or paragraphs. The app is free to download and use, but requires an upgrade to remove ads.

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Best for Translating Images: Translate - Translator AI

Using Translate to translate an image
What We Like
  • Translate via camera, text, and speech.

  • Over 100 languages.

  • Speech recognition is powered by Siri for quality.

What We Don't Like
  • Only available for iOS at this time.

  • Premium is costly for this type of app.

  • Ads without Premium subscription.

While you're out and about as you travel, you're often using your camera snapping photos of your trips. You can also use your camera to take photos of words and phrases you need translated with the Translate app.

Simply take a photo and the app will translate the text in the image, perfect for road signs, menus, etc. You can also translate via text and speech in over 100 languages.

Although Translate is free to download and use for iOS devices, there are ads without a Premium subscription. You'll also need a subscription to unlock smart voice translation and automatic image translation, but you can try it out with a 7-day trial.

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Best for Speaking & Translating: Speak & Translate

Using Speak & Translate to translate voice
What We Like
  • Ten languages available offline for use.

  • Voice translation works on Apple Watch in 40 languages.

  • Choose male or female voice as well as speed of voice.

What We Don't Like
  • Currently only available for iOS.

  • Premium is required for offline translation and ad removal.

  • Unlimited translations require a Premium subscription.

Speak & Translate offers a seamless user experience, making it easy to speak into your device and receive instant translations. This app features 54 languages for voice translation, with ten of the most popular available offline.

You can choose between male or female voices and you can choose the speed of your translation. Plus, your translation history is synched via iCloud. There's also a helpful widget you can place on your device for quick translation.

Speak & Translate is free to download and use for iOS devices. However, for ad removal and unlimited translations, you'll need to pay got a subscription after a 3-day trial.

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Best for Internet-Free Translation: Microsoft Translator

Using Microsoft translator to translate text and voice
What We Like
  • Languages are free to download for offline use.

  • App is free to use without any subscription required.

  • Connect devices to have conversations inside the app.

What We Don't Like
  • Camera translation doesn't always detect each word.

  • Even with Microsoft's vast reach, only slightly over 60 languages are available.

  • Some features are not available in all languages.

Want to translate text into Klingon? Microsoft Translator can do so. Or, you can use Microsoft's internet-free ability to translate to and from any language as you travel. Simply download the language you'll need ahead of time.

Microsoft Translator also offers a wide range of features including alternate translations, phrasebooks, camera translation, conversation translation, and more.

Microsoft Translator is free to download and use for both Android and iOS devices. Plus, no premium subscription is required.

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Best for Viewing a Translation Dictionary: iTranslate Translator

Using iTranslate to look up useful phrase translations
What We Like
  • Easy built-in phrasebook for finding quick phrases.

  • Voice-to-voice capability in over 100 languages.

  • App provides different dialects to choose from.

What We Don't Like
  • Offline mode, website translation, etc. requires Premium subscription.

  • Interface is a bit more difficult to figure out than other apps on this list.

  • Voice translation, a vital tool, requires Premium subscription.

If you're looking for an app that offers quick phrases for finding food, navigating an emergency, or simply communicating with new people, iTranslate is the perfect tool for you. It includes an in-depth phrasebook and offers translation in over 100 languages.

This app allows you to select different dialects depending on the language you choose and offers offline mode, website translation, and more. However, you'll need a Premium subscription to use these tools.

This app is free to download and use for both Android and iOS devices. After a 7-day free trial period, you'll have to pay for a yearly subscription.