Google Translate Extension Not Working for Page Translations? Here’s What to Do

Google Translate is a translation service that was released by Google in April 2006. Originally made as a website, the company also launched a dedicated app for iOS and Android in the early 2010s. Additionally, they released an API for developers to use on websites and applications.

Not long enough after its launch, the service became a huge success. The service hit 500 million users in 2016 and translated more than 100 billion words daily. Seeing these numbers, it’s obvious the service is very successful. Hence, many people also use its browser extension on various browsers to translate specific websites.

Google Translate Extension Disables Page Translation

However, recently, many users have started facing issues with the web browser extension (version 2.0.14). Whenever a user tries to translate a website on Chrome or a Chromium-based browser, they are redirected to a Google support page.

The page reads, “Page translation is now supported natively in Chrome Browser and is no longer supported in the Google Translate extension.” For some users, the extension translates only certain pages, while for others, it causes issues or does not work at all.

Although Google claims the translate function is now natively built into Chrome. However, this solves the problem only for Google Chrome users.

The users of other browsers, such as Microsoft Edge & Brave, are in an uncertain state. A Chrome community manager confirmed the removal of the page translate feature. However, they didn’t elaborate on the issues being faced by the users in the built-in translation feature.

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Potential Workarounds

Fortunately for the annoyed users, some people have found potential workarounds. One user suggested the Edge translate extension, which offers similar functionality.

Another workaround some have found is installing the older version of the Google Translate extension. This workaround works now, and the users have specifically recommended installing version 2.0.13 to restore the “Translate this page” function.

If a user wants to load an older version of the extension, they should enable developer mode in Chrome’s Extension Manager and then load the unpacked extension file for version 2.0.13. Although not an ideal solution, it has worked for many users. There’s also a video tutorial for those who find this difficult to understand.

Obviously, as mentioned before, this is not an ideal solution. It might not work for everyone, and a feature shouldn’t be abruptly changed like this. Due to this sudden change, many users have been inconvenienced, and the less tech-savvy ones had to deal with a lot of confusion.

We hope Google addresses these issues as soon as possible and improves the in-built version. Additionally, we hope there’s some proper solution for the users of other browsers, as many rely on the browser extension.

Yahya Hasan is a tech writer at DealNTech covering the latest mobile news and guides. He enjoys testing new devices and operating systems to deliver insightful content to readers. As a writer for DealNTech, Yahya focuses on mobile technology, staying up-to-date on the newest devices and software releases. Email: [email protected]. Follow him on Instagram

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