The ability of Google Chrome to easily translate foreign languages into English (or other languages of choice) is one of its best features. But there are some examples when the Google Translate module integrated Chrome may not function properly. If the browser has problems translating websites, this post will look for ways to fix it.
There are several reasons why Chrome might fail to translate foreign websites. This can be caused by incorrectly configured language settings, conflicts with extensions, or an outdated web cache.
So let’s look at some troubleshooting solutions that you can apply immediately to make the Chrome translation feature work properly again.
Turn on Translation Prompt
Chrome is configured to require you to translate foreign websites by default. If the browser does not do that, you must ensure that the relevant language settings are activated.
Start by visiting the Chrome Settings panel – open the Chrome menu, then click Settings.
Expand the Advanced section to the left side of the Settings panel, then click Language. Next, click Language under Language (the right side of the window) to reveal additional options.
If you must activate the option, exit the Settings panel and try loading a foreign website. You will see a prompt to translate the website immediately.
Translate Web Pages Manually
Occasionally, Chrome’s automatic translation request may not enter, especially if the web page contains a mixture of languages. But no need to worry. Chrome also comes with options that allow you to translate pages forcefully.
Right-click an empty area in the web page, and then click Translate to English.
It will ask the browser to translate foreign languages into English. If you want to return to the original language, just reload the page.
Use Incognito Mode
If you repeatedly receive the error message ‘This page cannot be translated’ (or something similar) in Google Chrome, then the extension might conflict with the integrated Google Translate module.
To confirm whether this is the problem, try loading the website in Incognito mode because it works with all extensions disabled – open the Chrome menu, then click New Incognito Mode to open a new Incognito window.
If Chrome translates unfamiliar webpages without problems in Incognito mode, you must isolate the problematic extension.
Open the Chrome Extensions screen (Chrome menu> Other Tools> Extensions), then continue to deactivate the extension when trying to translate webpages to isolate the extension that is having problems.
Clean Cookies and Cache
An outdated Chrome web cache can also remove the ‘This page cannot be translated’ error message.
If the problem is limited to one site, try clearing the web cache associated with it. First, load the website in a new tab, click the padlock symbol in the address bar, then select Site Settings.
On the Site Settings page that appears, click Clear Data. It will ask Chrome to delete all data stored locally from the website.
Refresh the website. The browser should translate it without problems.
Alternatively, you can clear the entire browser cache if Chrome fails to translate multiple websites. Remember that you will have to enter the website again after you have done this.
Go to Chrome Settings> Privacy and Security> Clear Browsing Data. In the Clear Browsing Data box that appears, switch to the Advanced tab, set the Time Range to All Time, check the boxes next to ‘Cookies and Site Data’ and ‘Images and Files in Cached,’ then click Clear Data.
Use Google Translate Extensions
Despite the improvements above, the integrated Google Translate Google Chrome module may still fail to function on certain websites for unknown reasons.
If so, try using the Google Translate extension instead. You can download it from the Chrome Web Store.
The Google Translate extension allows you to quickly translate entire pages and snippets of text. It also displays the ability to send words, phrases or paragraphs directly to the Google Translate website.
You can disable the Google Translate extension and activate it only for cases where the integrated Google Translate Chrome module fails to start.
Hopefully the troubleshooting tips above help you handle the Chrome translation puzzle. If you still often have problems with the integrated Google Translate module, consider resetting Chrome – this is a great way to start using the browser with a blank whiteboard.