iOS offers a range of quick actions such as copying a text or defining a word but one essential feature that it lacks is translating phrases from one language to another with the tap of a button. Google Translate does the job fairly well but what if you wanted to translate texts quickly from anywhere in iOS? Tap to Translate is a new jailbreak tweak that does the job for you.
Inspired by Android’s quick translation feature, this tweak allows you to translate any text from anywhere in just a matter of seconds. This means that you no longer have to copy a piece of text and use a third-party translation app to translate it.
With Tap to Translate, if you want to translate a phrase from one language to another, simply highlight it and tap on the Copy button. As soon as you do this, the tweak displays a floating button. Pressing it displays a popup with a translation of the copied phrase using Google Translate.
You can opt-in for a new translation or change the translation language. If you tap on the more options button, represented by three dots, next to the translated text, you can copy it or open it in the Google Translate app if installed.
The floating button can be dragged anywhere on the screen and you can hide it by tapping and holding on it. Sometimes it takes a couple of seconds for the button to appear after you copy a phrase.
The tweak doesn’t require any additional configuration after you install it. It gets enabled by default and you can get started by copying texts which you’d like to translate.
It’s great to have the ability to translate any piece of text from anywhere in iOS without using a third-party translation app. There are Notification Center widgets that allow you to translate texts from there but Tap to Translate does the job in fewer steps and is more flexible as you can change languages on the go as well as copy the translated text.
The only issue with the tweak is its interface which requires a lot of work. The translated text is crammed into a small text box making it hard to read.
Tap to Translate is definitely worth checking out and might come in handy on a regular basis. It is available as a free package on Cydia’s BigBoss repo and works on iOS 9.3.3.
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