Google Assistant’s nifty real-time translation feature finally lands on iOS

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One of the most useful travel features from Google Assistant is ready for the iPhone.

After bringing its real-time translation feature to Assistant-enabled smart displays and speakers earlier this year, Google is finally adding to the feature to the Google Assistant app on Android and iOS today.

Real-time translation was one of the most impressive new features we saw Google add to Assistant this year. Everything is done in the Google Assistant app so you don’t have to do anything extra.

The best part about it is you don’t have to keep switching between languages. For example, if you’re an American in Paris and want to talk to a local that doesn’t speak English, you both can speak into Assistant in your language and it will translate it into the language of the other user.

Google Assistant’s real-time translation feature supports 44 languages. The full list can be viewed here. The feature wasn’t quite as useful on smart speakers, but now that you can carry it around with you on your smartphone it will get a lot more popular.

Here’s how to pull up the translation feature on iPhone:

1: Open Google Assistant
2: Say a command, like: “Ok Google, Help me speak Spanish.”
3: If you haven’t identified languages, choose which languages you want to use.
4: When you hear the tone, start speaking in either language.
5: Say “Stop” when you’re ready to end translation.