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    How do I set up and use Skype Translator?

    Talking and chatting with people all over the world, in a different language is possible with Skype Translator.

    1. Start Skype translator.

      • In the new Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux: Right click on your contact and click view profile or you can go to your chat with them and click their name at the top. Click Start translator. A new translated chat will be created.
      • In Skype on Windows 10: Right click on your contact and click view profile or you can go to your chat with them and click their name at the top. Click Start translator. A new translated chat will be created.
      • In new Skype on Mobile: In the chats screen, tap and hold on your contact and tap view profile or you can go to your chat with them and tap on their name at the top. Tap Start translator. A new translated chat will be created.
    2. In your translated chat you will be prompted to choose your preferred languages and whether you want a female or male voice to represent you during voice and video calls. The languages will be pre-populated but you can also change them.  
    3. During your conversation, you will see your messages as they are originally typed and the translation in your preferred languages.

      Note: Call captioning is available on the new Skype and on Skype for Windows 10. To make a translated audio or video call, click on the audio or video call icon in your conversation. Your voice will be translated and the translation will also be shown as a caption in your call window. 


    Your translated chat will continue to be available in your recent chats with that person. If you want to start a translated chat with someone else, you'll need to start translator with them in the same way.

    Important: A translated chat will only support you and a single contact. If you try to add another participant or bot to your translated chat, you will get a message that the translations will no longer work until the added participant is removed. Once they are removed, you will see your translations continue as normal.

     

    Skype Translator in Skype for Windows Desktop or Skype for Web

    1. Select your contact. 
    2. Select the globe translator icon 
    3. Turn Translator On
    4. Use the drop-down next to your contact's name to select the language for translation while in a call or instant messaging. 
    5. While on a call:
      • Wearing headphones is the best way to understand the translations. 
      • Make sure you speak clearly and wait for translations to appear. 
      • As you or your contact speaks, it will be translated in your headphones and the translations will also appear on your screen. 

    Yes, first you'll need a little Skype Credit or a subscription

    In the new Skype on mobile and the new Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux:

    1. From your recent chats or Contacts, tap and hold or right click on the mobile or landline number. 
    2. Select View profile.
    3. Select Start translator.
    4. A translated chat will be started. Select the preferred language for both you and your contact, then place your call.


    In Skype for Web:

    1. Select the dial pad and enter a phone number. 
    2. Select the Skype Translator option next to the call button.
    3. Select the language for translation, and then place your call. 
    4. When your call is answered, the person you're calling will hear a short message letting them know the call is being recorded and translated through Skype Translator and then you can start talking. 
     

    Mobile/landline translation is not available on Skype for Windows Desktop.

    Yes, if the contact has a phone number stored in their profile you can call them using Skype Translator. This is available in Skype for Web only.

    Note that mobile/landline translation is not available on Skype for Windows Desktop.

    1. Select your contact. 
    2. Select the globe translator icon  on Skype for Web.
    3. Turn Translator On
    4. Use the drop-down next to your contact's name to select the language for translation while in a call. 
    5. Select the call button and the number you want to call. 

    We support over 50 languages for instant messaging. 

    We currently support the following languages for voice/video calls:
    Arabic
    Arabic (Levantine)
    Chinese (Mandarin)
    English
    French
    German
    Hindi
    Italian
    Japanese
    Portuguese (Brazil)
    Russian
    Spanish

     

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