Gmail translate emails in your language, but do you need it?

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Gmail translate emails in your language is the newest feature in the most popular email service, but is this something that an everyday user needs?

Google has just moved “Automatic Message Translation” from Gmail Labs to the mainstream. Now every time you get an email in a different language that isn’t the default in your account will be translated.

How it works

The first thing you’ll notice is a banner atop of the message with the name of the language detected and right next to it your Gmail’s default language, if everything is correct you can click Translate message to do just that. In the case you want every message of certain language to automatically be translated, just click the Always translate link on the far right of the banner. And of course that if you are bilingual you can always turn the feature off, just look at the right of the banner for the link Turn off for: [language].

Gmail translate options

How to set your default language in Gmail

Because Google translate your emails depending on your default language in your account, there could a change that the language is currently default isn’t your native one, if you want to correct this just navigate to the account settings (https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#settings/general) and from the drop-down menu select your language, then scroll down the page and click Save Changes.

Gmail language default

In a personal opinion, I can see the translation feature being really useful for businesses, because they need to interact with people around the world, but I don’t see as a feature that a home user will need everyday and here is why: It is likely that you use Gmail to communicate with family and friends, if this is the case there is also a good change that you can already communicate with them, which also says that if communicate with people who speak a different language you are bilingual, therefore you don’t need automatic translation. But still a nice feature to have.

The company already started rolling this new feature out, so it may take a couple of days until everyone gets it.

What is your take in Gmail translation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Source Official Gmail Blog

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