We were all eagerly awaiting the public release of the new iOS 15. It will be launched around mid-September. It is revolutionary in the changes it brings to your device. One improvement everyone will no doubt be interested in is Siri Translation. If you love Google Translate’s ability to translate words and phrases into different languages, you will enjoy this new iOS feature. The number of languages you can translate to may not be as numerous as Google Translate but the personalization of the feature in Siri is definitely one to watch. This is considering that in the past when you asked Siri to translate a phrase or a word, she would simply provide you with relevant links to tap and read.

If you are wondering how to use the function fully, this article will act as your guide to the world of Siri Translations. Just read on to find out how to use Siri’s translate function.

Speak to Siri to Translate

Before we begin, ensure that Siri is set to use English as the default language since translations can only work from English to a supported language.

Follow these simple steps to translate a word or phrase using the Siri Translate feature.

Step 1: Simply say “Hey Siri” or long press the home button to pull up Siri.

Step 2: Ask Siri something like, “How do you say beautiful in Chinese” or any other language you want.

Step 3: Siri will then translate the requested word or phrase as both text and audio that you can read and reply as you like.

how to use Siri tranlation

Type to Siri to Translate

You can also type in what you want to ask Siri, a new feature that should make it even easier to ask Siri what you want. When Siri is enabled via a Home button press, it brings up a keyboard on your iPhone where you can type something to Siri. Before begin, you may need to enable "Type to Siri" firstly. Here are the steps to type to Siri to translate texts:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and enable Type to Siri.

Type to Siri to Translate Texts

Step 2: Long press the Home Button until you see the Siri screen. You will see a keyboard as well. Type the text which you want Siri to translate.

Type to Siri

Unlike many translation services including Google Translate, Siri’s translation feature as far as has been tested, is able to translate even the most random of phrases with great accuracy. It is therefore handy when you’re a tourist in a country where you don’t understand the language. The only problem with this feature is that it supports very few languages. Hopefully, Apple will add more in the future.


Siri can speak English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Mandarin, Chinese, Russian and many more. See Apple website for an up to date list. If you try to translate to another unsupported language, Siri will simply let you know that the translation could not be completed, stating the languages supported.

It is our hope that more languages will be added to this incredible feature before iOS 15 is released to the public this fall.