Instagram Stories now translates text in multiple languages

Have you ever come across text in an Instagram user’s Stories, but it was in a different language? That’s about to change with the rollout of automatic text translation on Instagram Stories.

Before you jump ahead, you need to know that this translation happens when users add text in a different language using the built-in text box. That means it won’t help you translate text that’s part of the image/video itself.

When the app detects a foreign language in the Stories’ text, a “See Translation” option will pop-up on the top left of the screen (just below the username). Users can tap to see a translation at the bottom. The new translation feature is available worldwide (including the Middle East and North Africa region). Just like for posts, it supports 90+ languages (inc. Arabic and Hindi) to make sharing content with an international audience easier.

While Instagram added translation of text in posts and user bios in 2016, the rollout on Stories is a big welcome due to the format’s popularity. Users can start using it on both the iOS and Android versions of the Instagram app.

Author: Yasser Masood

Think of me as a grassroots community evangelist. Juggling social media while covering technology/digital trends across the Middle East and crossroads of society and culture, while unearthing other perspectives that pique my interests.

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