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How to Use the Built-In Translator in macOS Big Sur’s Safari

With macOS Big Sur, you can translate entire web pages in Safari. When you encounter a compatible page, just click the translation icon (see in the graphic below) in the address field to translate into English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Brazilian Portuguese in real-time.

Here’s how to translate web pages in Safari:

  • In the Safari app on your Mac, go to the webpage you want to translate.
  • Move the pointer over the Translate button in the URL file (it looks like toward balloons with an “A” in one) to see if a translation is available. If the webpage can be translated, the Smart Search field displays Translation Available.
  • Click the Translate icon, then choose a language.
spansigh webpage showing safari translate button
Translation available for the selected page
spanish webpage translated into english
Webpage after translation

Preferred Languages

If you want to translate a page into a language other than English, go to the Apple menu and click System Preferences > Language & Region.

Mac system preferences with language & region highlighted

You’ll see the default preferred language on the left side of the window. To change it, click the “+” button at the bottom of the screen.

Language & Reason preferred languages

By the way, if the translate icon doesn’t show up, click the View option in the web browser’s menu bar and click Translate.


Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Contributing Author
Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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