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Instant Spoken Translation with this new Action Button Shortcut [Video Tutorial]

11th December 2023

Jacob Woolcock


Discover the groundbreaking iOS 17.2 feature on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max in this comprehensive tutorial video. Unlock the potential of the new automatic translation option integrated into the Action Button, allowing you to overcome language barriers effortlessly. Learn how to enable this feature in the Settings app, customize language preferences in the Translate app, and witness Siri in action as it seamlessly translates spoken phrases into your chosen language. Explore the transformative impact of having instant translation at your fingertips, whether you’re on holiday, communicating with colleagues in different languages, or simply enhancing your iPhone experience. Stay ahead with this guide on mastering the Translate feature, making communication smoother and more accessible than ever before.

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So, the action button on your iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max has just gained a new trick in iOS 17.2, and personally speaking, I think it’s the most useful built-in action for the action button yet. That is, automatic translation.

To enable this new feature, we’re going to go into the Settings app. Then, we’ll scroll down to the Action Button, and from here, we’re simply going to swipe sideways until we reach the new Translate option. Enabling this option is as simple as closing the Settings app. Then, when you hold the action button, you get a new translation option coming up in the dynamic island at the top of your screen. As you speak into your phone, Siri will then translate what you said into your chosen language for you, just like this: “How much is that book on dogs?”

For me, it’s translating into Spanish, and that’s because that’s the language I had most recently in the Translate app. Of course, we can change this to almost any language by simply going into the Translate app on the iPhone and then changing the options here. If I go into French mode, then the next time I hold the action button, it will translate into French for me, just like this: “How much is that glass of wine, please?”

Having that available at the top of a button really is transformative. Maybe you’re on holiday, maybe you’re speaking to a colleague in a different language. It suddenly makes translate accessible at your fingertips at all times, and I think that’s pretty cool.

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