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YouTube Mobile App Rolls Out New Translate Feature for Comments, Supports Over 100 Languages

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Highlights:

  • YouTube now lets you translate comments instantly.
  • Comment translations are now rolling out to everyone on mobile — iOS and Android.
  • Users will be able to translate between more than 100 languages.

Google has started testing a comment translation feature for YouTube. The feature is currently being tested on the YouTube app for Android and iOS and is now available to YouTube Premium subscribers. YouTube app now has a translate button just below every comment to enable the translation of text in the comment.

It’s live on the YouTube app for Android and iOS, and the Translate button can be spotted just below the comments. For example, comments posted under a video in another language will have the option to “Translate to English” just below the text if your native language is English. This button is located above the Like, Dislike, and Reply options displayed in the box for each comment.

“Google Translate learns from existing translations found on the web, and when languages don’t have an abundance of web content, it’s been difficult for our system to support them effectively,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “However, due to recent advances in our machine learning technology, and active involvement from our Google Translate Community members, we’ve been able to add support for these languages.”

How to translate YouTube comments?

  • Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android device.
  • After that, locate the video that contains the text you wish to translate.
  • The next step is to locate the comment you want to translate (i.e. any comment in a different language than English).
  • In order to translate the comment, look for the “Translate” button on the lower right-hand side.
  • Click on the “Translate” option.

Tapping the “translate” button under comments will convert the text to your local language. If you’re watching a lot of videos in a specific language, then the content will convert to that specific text.

YouTube app supports translation in over 100 languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Deutsch, French, Bahasa, and more. You have to click on the button each time you want to translate comments — it doesn’t automatically translate all comments on a video.

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