Mate for iOS has an in-built website translator Safari extension that makes translating web pages on your iPhone or iPad extraordinarily easy.
It easily lets you:
- Translate full webpages between 100+ languages.
- Only highlight portions of text on any web page and get it translated in a neat popup window without needing to translate the full site.
To use both functions, you need to enable the extension first. Note it only works in iOS Safari (if you're looking for a Mac Safari extension, check out our Mac app), other iOS browsers don't give us access to implement this functionality.
To enable, tap on the share icon in Safari's toolbar and select 'Turn on Mate extension'. If it's not on the list or way too deep down, scroll to the bottom, tap Edit Actions and add Mate to Favourites.
Mate adds a control pane to the bottom of your screen:
Now, with Mate enabled, you can start highlighting selected text or full pages.
Full page translation
Tap on square icon to translate current web page in Mate extension's pane.
Selected text translation
Simply highlight the text you want to translate. A 'Translate' button will appear in Mate's control pane. Tap on it to translate the selection. A translation will appear right there in a neat window. Tap anywhere outside of it to dismiss the translation window.
Note: due to Safari's severe limitations, you have to manually enable the extension on every page. It's not possible to make it persistent on all sites yet.