Google Chrome’s ability to seamlessly translate foreign languages into English (or your preferred language) is one of its best features. But sometimes the Google Translate module built into Chrome doesn’t work correctly. If your browser is having trouble translating web pages, this post is designed to show you how to fix it.
There are several reasons why Chrome cannot translate foreign sites. It could be due to incorrect language settings, conflicts with extensions, or an outdated web cache.
So, let’s take a look at some solutions that you can immediately apply to restore the translation features in Chrome.
What makes Google Translate not work
There are many reasons why Google Translate may not work, as the cases where the translator fails are numerous and vary from case to case. This problem often occurs when using the mobile app, while for other users it occurs in a browser or browser extension. When the user tries to translate, he receives a message that this page cannot be translated.
If this is a real case where the translation consists of invalid characters, you can’t get around the problem. Try translating words and phrases that make sense. Also, if you use a VPN, turn it off, try to translate the text.
Browsers are constantly being updated to keep up with the latest technological advances. If you are using an older version of your browser that is not compatible with Google Translate’s translation engine, this may cause this problem. In this context, updating your browser may solve the problem.
Every browser, just like any other software application, has its share of software bugs. The problem with Google Translate may be caused by a temporary problem with the browser. In this case, you can try Google Translate in a different browser to fix the problem.
To fix Google Translate not working
How to fix the Google Translate extension not working?
Internet connection: Make sure you have an active Internet connection. Google Translate Web Extension requires that you are connected to the Internet for it to work. If your Internet connection does not work, reconnect to a Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. Once connected, check that Google Translate works.
Restart your browser: If you are connected to the Internet but the extension still does not work, you must restart your browser. The error may be preventing Google Translate from working in your browser. Restarting the browser may help to solve the problem.
Clear cookies and cache: The next step is to clear your browser’s cookies and cache. To do this, follow these steps in Google Chrome: Click on the three-dot icon in the top right corner -> More Tools -> Clear Browser Data. Now make sure you select the “Cookies and other website data” and “Cached images and files” options. Then click on “Clear Data.”
Fix the Google Translate app that is not working
Check your Internet: As mentioned above, Google Translate requires an active Internet connection to work. However, you do have the option to download certain languages for offline translation. However, if you have not downloaded a language, we recommend disconnecting your Wi-Fi or mobile Internet connection.
Restart the app: If you are connected to the Internet, but the problem with Google Translate persists, quit the app and restart it.
Clear cache and data: On your Android phone, you can clear Google Translate’s cache and data. This will delete all downloaded languages. However, it may help solve the problem. Follow the steps below to clear cache and data:
- Go to Settings -> Installed apps/application management -> Translate -> Memory usage.
- Tap Clear data and clear cache.
Reinstall the app: If none of the above steps worked, you may need to reinstall Google Translate on your device.
Frequently Asked Questions
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- Navigate to a web page written in another language.
- Click Translate at the top of the page.
- Chrome will translate the web page this time.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app.
- To the right of the address bar, tap More. Settings.
- Tap Languages.
- Turn off the translation suggestion for pages that aren't in the language you're reading.
A basic check is to make sure that "Offer translation for pages that are not translated into the language you are reading" is checked in the settings menu. - Settings > Show advanced settings (at the bottom of the page) > Languages > check the box at the bottom of this section.
Translating a web page on your Android device is as easy as using Google Translate in the built-in Chrome browser. Open the Chrome app and when visiting a web page in another language, select "Advanced" and then the target language at the bottom of the page.