With the introduction of iOS 14, Apple introduced a cool feature in Safari: real-time page translation. This translation allows us to convert any web page we find into Spanish or other languages. Undoubtedly a very interesting utility to be able to be informed or to investigate whatever the language of the sources.
Translate to spanish, that easy
Like most of the features Apple adds to different devices, translating web pages takes just two clicks. Of course, the first time we have to activate the function. How? ‘Or’ What? Very easy, by touching the corresponding icon in the address bar, but let’s go through parts.
The first thing we need to do is update our Mac to macOS Big Sur. Once the update is installed, just visit an English website and see if at the top of the window, in the smart address bar, an icon with an A and Chinese character appears next to the button. reloading.
If that doesn’t happen, there’s nothing we can do except wait for this feature, which is currently in beta, to be enabled for us; if it appears, a single click will open the doors to use it. At the first click, the system will ask us if we want to activate this function and will offer us some information about it in the More information button. Among these is the notice that the feature is still in development and in beta.
Two clicks and all pages are automatically translated.
Once activated, the process of use is very simple. When we find a page in English or in another language, just click on the button and choose Translate to Spanish. Nothing more. From there we can navigate to the different sections of the website and all the pages will be automatically translated. The function is only deactivated if, via a link or via the address bar, we visit another domain.
And to revert to the original language version? A simple click on the same button allows us to choose View original. Keep in mind that if we activate reader mode, this button disappears. In this case, it is enough to deactivate the reader, translate it and, if we wish, activate it again.
In the same menu, we can also choose Preferred Languages… which brings us to System Preferences where with the “+” at the bottom left of the list of languages, we can add those to which we want to make translations. That is, we add languages to which we will be able to see the content once translated, not languages to translate from.
And nothing more. It’s also easy to use this feature. As for the results, after several days of testing, I can assure you that I was quite astonished. The English-Spanish translation, which is the one I’ve tested the most, has results that put this tool well ahead of Google Translate, although perhaps not at the level one would see in DeepL. Either way, being able to tap a website button in Chinese and read it in Spanish is, without a doubt, pretty impressive.