The ultimate iPhone travel hack everyone should know before going on vacation

EVERYONE with an iPhone should learn an ingenious travel hack to translate foreign languages.

Your iPhone camera has a built-in feature that can instantly decipher signs, menus and instructions.

Your iPhone offers several ways to translate text


Your iPhone offers several ways to translate textCredit: apple

It’s a simple trick that makes vacationing in foreign language destinations much easier.

First, make sure you’re using the latest version of iOS – in this case, iOS 15.6.1.

To check, go to Settings > General > Software update.

Now start as usual Apple Camera app and point it at something written in a foreign language – like a menu.

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If you just want to try it, google a photo of a French menu or German sign on another screen.

If you frame the words correctly, you’ll notice that a yellow box appears around the edges of the text.

Now, on the bottom right corner of the iPhone camera, tap on the small box with the lines in it.

This will bring up a submenu where you can perform actions on the text.

You may need to tap an arrow to expand this menu.

For example, it is possible to copy and paste the text.

But if it worked, you’ll also see an option to translate.

Tap that and you’ll be taken to a pop-up screen that will translate everything you see into the language of your choice – English, for example.

You can copy the translation and paste it into another app.

And you can switch to any of Apple’s supported languages.

You can save a translation as a favorite, which sends it to the Apple Translate app.

Open You can also open a translation in the Translator app, which gives you more options.

This feature also works with photos that you have already taken.

If an image in your photos contains foreign language text, tap the square with lines inside it to translate it, and then tap Translate.

Unfortunately, not all iPhone models can use the image translation feature.

You need one of the following phones:

  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iphone 11
  • iPhone 11 pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iphone 12
  • iPhone 12 pro
  • iPhone 12 pro max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro max
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It will also be possible on the upcoming iPhone 14 models, which are expected to launch in early September.

And the feature will still be available when the new iOS 16 update arrives in a few weeks.

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