Firefox translation for Android

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This feature is in an experimental stage and is being introduced gradually. It may not be available to you at this time.

Firefox for Android version 126 has added a new built-in translation feature that allows you to browse the web in your preferred language seamlessly. As you navigate the site, Firefox continuously translates new content in real time.

Note: Unlike other browsers that rely on cloud services, Firefox keeps your data safe on your device. There's no privacy risk of sending text to third parties for analysis because translation happens on your device, not externally.

How to use the translation toolbar

To translate a webpage:

  1. When you visit a webpage in a supported language, the translation panel will open automatically. If it does not open, tap the translation icon in the toolbar or select Translate page from the app menu.
    Translations in Fenix Menu Bar
  2. Next, select your desired translation language from the bottom dropdown menu, which will be pre-populated with your first preferred language. To change it, use the dropdown menu.
    Fenix Translations panel
  3. Click Translate to translate the entire page.
  4. To switch the page back to its original language, tap the toolbar icon Fenix translations icon - on, then select Show original.

Customize translation settings

To tailor your translation experience:

  1. Tap the translation icon in the toolbar.
    Translations in Fenix Menu Bar
  2. Tap the cog icon located on the top right side of the translation panel.
    Fenix translations panel - settings
  3. Switch the toggle for the setting you want to apply.
    Fenix translations settings
  4. To undo a change, simply change the toggle back to its original position.

Select language download preferences

To adjust your language download preferences in Firefox for Android, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the translation icon in the toolbar.
    Translations in Fenix Menu Bar
  2. Tap the cog icon located on the top right side of the translation panel.
    Fenix translations panel - settings
  3. Tap Translation settings.
    Fenix translation settings 2
  4. Switch the Always download languages in data saving mode option on or off according to your preference.
    Fenix translations

FAQ

Why can't I access translations on my Android device?

Translation is not supported on all Android devices at this time.

Does Firefox's translation feature work with non-text content, like images or videos?

No, the translation feature currently only handles text content on web pages, so it won't translate non-text elements such as images, videos, or interactive elements.

What if I encounter a page with mixed languages or content in multiple languages? Will the translation still work?

While the translation feature primarily focuses on the main language of the webpage, it may not handle pages with mixed languages or content in multiple languages optimally.

Can I translate a page partially, like only a specific section or paragraph?

Currently, the translation feature is designed to translate the entire page. It doesn't support translating only specific sections or paragraphs.

Can Firefox translate pages that are password-protected or behind login screens?

Yes, Firefox can translate password-protected or login-required pages, as long as the content is fully displayed on your screen. The translation feature works on any webpage content that Firefox can access and render.

How do I revert a page to its original language after translation?

To revert a page to its original language after translation, tap the Fenix translations icon - on toolbar icon, then select Show original.

Why do I need to download languages?

Downloading languages enables Firefox to perform translations locally within your browser, prioritizing your privacy and security. As you translate, Firefox downloads partial language files to your browser cache as you need them. If your device is in data saving mode, Firefox will prompt you before downloading the language. You can turn this setting off by selecting Always download in data saving mode.

Fenix translation settings 3

How can I report incorrect translations?

You can help enhance Firefox translations by reporting inaccuracies through this form.


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