The Google Assistant has so many features that it can be difficult to keep up with them all. One of the most futuristic and powerful features is Interpreter mode. If you use this feature often, you should create a home screen shortcut.
While there are plenty of language translation apps out there, Google Assistant’s Interpreter Mode aims to be more than that. As the name suggests, interpreter mode is intended to facilitate conversations between people who speak different languages.
While Interpreter Mode is very convenient, starting it can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you use it often. Fortunately, if you have an Android phone or tablet, you can add a shortcut to Interpreter mode on your home screen. Let’s start.
First, you need to launch Interpreter Mode as you normally would, which starts with opening the Google Assistant on Android by saying “OK, Google” or by swiping your finger from the bottom left or right corner.
Then ask Google Assistant to be your interpreter. The way you do this will determine the languages used. Here are some examples:
“Hey Google, …”
- “… Be my Italian interpreter.”
- “… Interpret from Polish to Dutch.”
- “… Be my Chinese interpreter.”
- “… Activate interpreter mode.” (Now it will ask you which language you want to use.)
Now that the interpreter mode is open, we can add a shortcut to the home screen. Tap the phone icon in the top right corner.
A pop-up will appear with a shortcut icon. You can press and hold the icon to place it manually on your home screen, or press “Add automatically” to have it placed for you.
The shortcut will now be on your home screen. Just tap it to start interpreter mode.
Keep in mind that the shortcut will be associated with the languages you used when creating it. So if you were using German and English, the shortcut will launch interpreter mode in those languages. Repeat these same steps to create shortcuts for any desired language combination.