When you frequently use Google Translate fordifferent types of translations and different language combinationsit is a bit tedious to open it and change its settings every time. By the time the translator is ready, what you wanted to translate has already expired. There is a faster way: with widgets.
Fortunately, Google Translate has a customizable widget which you can use as a shortcut for a specific type of translation. In this way, you can create many shortcuts for different types of translations.
Create your Google Translate widget
Google Translate has a unique widget on Android, although it is customizable in practice acts like four widgets or shortcuts
Using the Google Translate widget is exactly the same as for any other widget. You will need a launcher that supports widgets, which is normal, and open the list of widgets available in the system. The process can vary from launcher to launcher, although the normal thing is for you to have to long-press the home screen and then tap or unfold the widgets section. Find the Translator widget and with a long touch, drag it to where you want to place it.
The difference between the Google widget and the others is that dragging the widget to the home screen does not complete the process. Instead, it opens widget settings screen
Here you basically have to choose two things: the type of translation and the language pairs. The widget you create will be a shortcut to open Google Translate with these settings directly applied. The types of translations available are:
Written translation, with a keyboard icon. Open Google Translate in standard mode, written.
Translation with the camera, with a camera icon. Open the translator directly in translation mode with the camera.
Conversation, with two microphones icon. Open the translator in conversation translation mode.
Written translation, with a pencil icon. Open the translator in handwritten translation mode.
Moreover, one of the main advantages of this widget is that you can choose source and target languagesso you don’t need to change it every time you open Google Translate. When you are finished, press save and a widget will be created with the icon corresponding to the mode, and the languages chosen in its text.
These shortcuts will be very useful if you need several different types of translations on specific occasions and you prefer you save a few clicks by changing the settings every time. It can be a good ally, for example when traveling, by setting the conversation mode to the local language and thus being able to open it with a simple push.