YouTube tests automatic translation of video titles on desktop and mobile

Ricky, 06 May 2021

As first reported by Android Police, some users have reported that the desktop and mobile versions of YouTube have begun showing options for automatic translation of titles. The videos spotted by users displays the titles, descriptions, and closed captions all translated automatically.

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Those users who submitted these screenshots to Android Police have so far only confirmed that auto translation on YouTube is being tested for users with their primary languages set to either Portuguese, Spanish, or Turkish. A video with translated titles shows a small translation icon that precedes the title.

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YouTube Videos translated into Portuguese and Turkish

The change appears to be happening on the server end, so updating the app likely won’t have an effect on enabling the auto-translate feature. Automatic translation of videos in English gives videos the potential to reach more audiences and opens accessibility for English videos to non-English speakers.

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  • showa730

I really hate what youtube did with the auto-translate. As I am an avid user of youtube, found it very disturbing. The first thing that comes to my mind, "I'm not even watching that video", "learn my language better" ...

  • Anonymous

I'm Japanese and just say NO. Japanese is a one of difficult languege and automatic translations are 100% piece of crap. I added a English on my Gmail account and switched YouTube's interface language. But tody, ALWAYS TRANSLATED EVEN...

  • Anonymous

Oh so that's why some of the video's titles are jacked, really looking forward when i can disable this permanently.

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