How to Get Automatic Email Translations in Gmail

Translate messages written in foreign languages to English in Gmail

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Gmail includes built-in support for Google Translate, so you don't need to copy-and-paste messages written in foreign languages into a translator tool. Instead, you can convert emails to English within Gmail.

Instructions in this article apply to the web version of Gmail. All steps are the same regardless of which browser you use.

How to Get Automatic Email Translations in Gmail

If Gmail detects a message that isn't written in your default language, a translation bar will appear at the top of the message.

If you do not see a translation bar, select the three vertical dots beside the Reply button and select Translate message from the drop-down menu.

  1. Select the language of the email. Gmail will usually detect the language automatically.

    Select the language of the email. Gmail will usually detect the language automatically.
  2. Select the target language if it's not already set to your default.

    Select the target language if it's not already set to your default.
  3. Select Translate message to see the message in your language of choice.

    Select Translate message to see the message in your language of choice.
  4. Select View original message to see the email in the original language again.

Select Always translate on the right side to automatically translate messages in the original langue for the future.

Select View original message to see the email in the original language again.