iTranslate, easy language translation for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

If you are looking for a translation app for your Windows Phone or Windows 8 device, iTranslate isn’t a bad option to consider.

iTranslate covers over eighty languages with an easy, straightforward interface. Add predictive text and voice output on many of the languages and iTranslate becomes a rather appealing language app for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Simple Layout

To call iTranslate’s layout as simple may be an understatement. You have your two language fields displayed towards the top of the page, a history button sitting at the bottom and a three-dot menu that gives you access to iTranslate’s settings and an option to buy the premium version (more on this in a second). The history button will also give you access to the listing of your favorite translations.

Settings for iTranslate are minimal with options to turn on/off the app’s auto correction feature and Live Tile.

Choosing a language is accomplished by tapping on the flag icon to pull up the list of over eighty languages. Some languages (those with the three-dot menu option) will support voice output and have the option to choose a male or female voice. Additionally, some languages offer Country options for different dialects/styles of the language. For example, English will have U.K., U.S. and Australian options while Spanish will have options for Spain, Mexico and U.S. This is a nice option to give you a more precise interpretation.


Once you have your language choices set, just tap the field to the right of the language flag and your on-screen keyboard will pop-up. The translation is bi-directional in that you can type the text you want translated or text you need translated.

iTranslate is optimized for fast typing with predictive text that will pop-up as you type. iTranslate’s keyboard does support landscape orientation to give you a little more elbowroom for typing. I did find that this feature was a little buggy at times and wouldn’t always appear as you began typing.

Once you get the translation on the screen, you will have three options up under the three-dot menu that sits to the right of either text fields. These options include sending the text to your Windows Phone clipboard, share the text or listen to an audible version of the text (not supported by all languages). You will also have the ability to tag a translation as a favorite for easier reference.

Premium Version and Windows 8

There is a premium version of iTranslate that removes the ad support and removes the restrictions on how many characters can be translated. The free version does have a fairly liberal translation limit at 3000 characters and the ads aren’t that intrusive. The premium version is currently running $4.49 and unless you have the need for high volume translations, you can probably survive with the free, ad-supported version.

The Windows 8 version of iTranslate is very similar to the Windows Phone 8 version; you just get a little more elbowroom for typing. The Windows 8 version is free as well and also offers a premium version ($4.49 as well).

Overall Impression

iTranslate’s simple interface does make it an attractive language option. The only thing that would make it any easier is if it could scan text or record audio and translate it.

The audio option is a nice feature that lets you hear how the translation should be spoken or to let someone else hear what you are trying to say.

iTranslate does require a data connection to operate. The data requirement does help keep the overall size of the app down but this could be an issue while traveling. Otherwise, iTranslate comes across as a very solid translation app for your Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 device.

You can find the Windows Phone 8 version of iTranslate here in the Windows Phone Store. The Windows 8 version of iTranslate can be picked up here in the Windows Store (opens in new tab). Both are free, ad-supported apps with the option to upgrade to the premium version for $4.99.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • i-don't wanna hear anything starting with i today : )
  • Same here lol
  • I share that attitude.
  • Same
  • iAGREE
  • iConcur
  • I agree. OneTranslate maybe ;)
  • It's actually a great Translator. I have it on my iPad. Although, I'll use Bing translate on my windows devices. ;)
  • Maybe great for iOS, we have Bing Translator here ;)
  • These gross non-Microsoft apps are not welcome in fanboiland
  • Great app, horrible name..
  • Me too!!
  • As a Finn I must point out that the main/first picture doesn't give a good impression of the app as the translation doesn't quite work in this case. The pub example is much better.
  • Bing translator with offline support for the win!
  • Better than Microsofts Bing Translator app?
  • I wanted to ask the same thing lol
  • Bing Translator has like what 3 languages? It's very frustrating how Microsoft treats their services!
  • What the heck are you talking about? Have you even used the app? It gets updated regularly, it has text translation, camera translation, offline translation, voice translation, tens of languages and you certainly deserve a stupid award for that comment.
  • That said, I don't need to look for other translation apps. Bing does more than great in that area.
  • Can you find Arabic available on the app? No, Because people don't speak Arabic in America and Microsoft doesn't give a damn. Oh and btw I mean the offline pack, Google translate does the job online anyway.
  • There definitely is Arabic on Bing Translate app, so that means MS does care.
  • I have the app in my hands atm and no, No offline pack for Arabic.
  • You were talking about offline packs? Well why did you compare it to google translator online?
    You must know it's ridiculous to demand them to have an offline pack for every language..
  • My point was that I can use whatever dictionary if I have internet access. And well it's actually funny that Google Translate on Android has really way more offline packs. So yeah not that ridiculous after all.
  • People don't speak Arabic in America❔.... What gave you that idea?.... Here in Dallas/FTWorth, Texas it's hard to find someone who speaks English, and if the do speak English then you can't understand what the heck they are saying.... Lol❕
    Search for Los Colinas, Irving, Dallas, TX.... Talk about people who speak Arabic❕
  • This leaves me with no explanation of why Bing doesn't have Arabic offline pack then.
  • Where's your sense of humor, dude❔❔❔... I thought you would find it funny... Sorry.. :'(
  • Osama are u ##### or what ?? Have u ever run the app ??
  • Do I really have to reply to this? I feel really bad for degrading myself to this degree.
  • Arabic is ON TOP of the damn list! I'm an Arab too but I feel stupid on behalf of you.
  •  :\
  • Huh? Have you actually used Bing Translator? Sorry to tell you this pal, but you just ridiculed yourself with that comment.
  • My point is valid to the Bing Translator app on windows phone go check the offline packs, I'm all into discussions.
  • 44❕..... I just counted, and Bing Translator supports 44 languages.
  • 12 offline packs though.
  • Didn't notice you were talking about offline packs. The app is constantly updated. I'm sure they'll have it at some point.
  • Sorry, didn't notice that is what you were talking about... You should edit your original comment,, else you're going to keep getting idiots like me replying to you...... Just saying.
  • Yeah lol my comment was kind of an abomination for my Email inbox. But seems it's too late for me to edit it, the 'edit' button is already gone from that comment.
  • Just use the app, or website.
  • Because Bing Translate
  • Aww man, really?  I just came back from two weeks in Italy where I was completely lost.  Although I brought my 928, I never even considered the possibility of an offline option.
  • Because an offline translator with that capabilities will occupy some Terabytes of data's ;)
  • No it won't. Try downloading Bing Translate. 100mb per language if memory serves me
  • I agree, starts with I, I won't touch it.
  • Shouldn't launch an app named iAnything on WP8.. Pass.
  • iPass. Change the name and maybe we'll see. This is Windows Phone.
  • Seriously? I don't get you guys... Maybe it's their brand name because the app is available on ios since years?
    It's not like we got many cool apps on our beloved windows phone platform and as soon as some cool and succesful ios app get ported over (with an in my opinion good usability and cool design, contrary to most of the other available translation apps), it get attacked because of its name. Just keep this shit up instead of supporting such things in order to motivate developers of other platforms.
  • iCareNot.
  • iFeel Insulted by d name lol
  • Hey guys! I'm Alex, CEO of Sonico Mobile. We are the makers of iTranslate. Thanks for all the comments around our App. Just to be clear: we don't wanna insult anyone with the "i" in the iTranslate name. We love the Windows platform and want to bring even more cool features to Windows in the future. iTranslate is our brand name, because we started 5 years ago on iPhone and it made sense back then ;-)
  • All kidding aside, we love new apps and we are very welcoming to talented developers who decide to join us. You're part of the family now but DO consider a WinTranslate option!
  • Why is it "I" ? To some ignorant people this will look like an IOS app.
  • Well it has had an iOS app longer than the Android version, and much longer than the WP version. If they change the name just for WP, people won't know these are the devs.
  • True but I am tired of seeing apps with "I" something and has nothing to do with IOS.
  • Boring layout...
  • T-Translator ;)
  • Nowt wrong with the Bing translation app and it free
  • "Additionally, some languages offer Country options for different dialects/styles of the language. For example, English will have U.K., U.S. and Australian options while Spanish will have options for Spain, Mexico and U.S. This is a nice option to give you a more precise interpretation."   So if I were to type "Hi. How are you?" and click Translate to English (U.K) it's gonna say, "Hiya, you alright?" :-)
  • Translate to Aussie - How's it ******* garn, ****.
  • Doesn't it look a little too much like Facebook messenger in terms of UI?
  • T-translator is by far the best
  • Still google translate continue to be the king. I really try to use Bing translate but google is way beyond.
  • If only Google stop being a d^ck to WP users and release their app..
  • Cannot wait for the Google translate app. Bing is useless because it doesn't have Croatian.
  • Obviously you guys haven't used itranslate... I had it in my iphone before and never found such an accurate translator since i got my windows phone...nor even on internet, better than word reference bing translator and any other...
  • Hi George, its great to know about this language translation app. Really it has some awesome features. SpeechTrans  also provides advanced apps for windows phone.