Google Translate serves as a tool that helps users overcome language barriers. Whether you need to convert a document to a language communicate with someone who speaks a language or read a foreign website in your native tongue, Google Translate has your back.
Nonetheless, there are instances where this feature encounters some challenges, mainly when used on the Google Chrome browser. If you’ve ever faced any issues, rest assured you’re not alone. The good news is that there are steps and solutions to tackle these obstacles head-on. This article presents an in-depth guide on navigating and resolving difficulties for a smoother user experience.
Keep reading to equip yourself with knowledge and tips for ensuring the functionality of Google Chrome’s translation feature.
How to fix Google Translate in the Google Chrome browser
Google Chrome has a tool called “Translate” that people use in two main ways. First, they go to the Google Translate website to type words or sentences. Second, they use it to automatically change the language of a whole website they’re visiting. However, sometimes this tool can have problems in both of these situations.
If there’s an issue, you might see messages like “This page could not be translated” or “This web page is unavailable in your language.” When you see these, it means the Translate tool in Google Chrome isn’t working right.
If Google Translate isn’t working properly in the Chrome browser, here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot and potentially resolve the issue:
Update Google Chrome
Ensure you’re using the latest version of Chrome. Go to the three dots (menu) in the top right corner > “Help” > “About Google Chrome”. Chrome will check for updates and install any available ones.
Enable Google Translation Prompts
– Go to Chrome settings (three dots > “Settings”).
– On the left, click “Languages” and ensure the “Use Google Translate” option is turned on.
Clear Cache and Cookies
– Go to Chrome settings.
– Under “Privacy and security,” click “Clear browsing data.”
– Choose “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files,” then click “Clear data”.
Some extensions might interfere with Google Translate.
– Go to the three dots > “More tools” > “Extensions.”
– Disable extensions individually to see if they are causing the issue. If you find the problematic extension, keep it disabled or remove it.
Use Incognito Mode
Open an incognito window (Ctrl + Shift + N) and try translating there. If it works, the issue might be with your browser’s cache, cookies, or extensions.
Reset Chrome Settings
– Go to Chrome settings.
– On the left, click on “Reset settings.”
– Under “Reset and clean up,” click “Restore settings to their original defaults” and confirm the action.
Note: This will reset your startup page, new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies.
As a last resort, uninstall and then reinstall Google Chrome. This will give you a fresh start, but remember to back up your bookmarks and any critical data before doing so.
Install Google Translate Extension
If the built-in translation feature isn’t working, install the official Google Translate extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, you can use it to translate web pages manually.
After trying these steps, Google Translate should ideally work smoothly in your Chrome browser. If the problem persists, it might be an issue on Google’s end, and waiting for a while or reporting the issue to Google might be the best course of action.