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How do I set up and use Translated Conversations in Skype?

Talking and chatting with people all over the world in a different language is made possible with Translated Conversations in Skype. Translated Conversations are not available in group chats or group calls.

How to enable Translated Conversations in Skype:

  1. From Chats , right click or tap and hold on your contact and select View profile .
    Alternatively, from within the chat, you can click or tap on the chat header to get to your contact's profile.

  2. Click or tap on Send translation request to enable the Translated Conversation.

  3. A notification will be sent to your contact that you want to enable Translated Conversations. They will need to select Accept to continue.
    Note : If your contact isn't on the latest version of Skype, they will not get the invitation.

  4. Once your invitation is accepted, your instant messages and calls will be translated to your chosen language.
    Note : The Spoken language in Skype will initially be defaulted to your Device language, however you can customize this at any time in Settings .

  5. During your Translated Conversation, Skype will display the messages as they are translated but also give you the option to Show original message.

  6. Your Translated Conversation will continue to be available in your chats with that person. If you want to start a new Translated Conversation with someone else, you'll need to enable Translated Conversations in that person’s profile as well.

To make a translated audio or video call, click or tap on the audio or video call button in your conversation. Your voice will be translated, and the translation will also be shown as subtitles in your call window.

  1. Select your profile picture , then select Settings .

  2. Select General , then select Translation settings .

  3. Choose what you'd like to customize:

    • Spoken language - Choose the language you would like your messages, calls and subtitles to be translated to. You can change this at any time or set it back to Device language.

    • Translation voice - When a voice is translated into another language, it is spoken by our machine translator. Select the style of voice you would like to hear, either Female or Male.

  4. You can go back to Settings to change these at any time.

You can update additional Translation settings from your profile picture > Settings > Privacy , then make your selections under Translation . Learn more about Skype Translator Privacy .

Yes, Translated Conversations support calls to mobile and landlines.

We support the following languages for Translated Conversations:

  • Arabic

  • Bulgarian

  • Catalan

  • ​Chinese (Simplified)

  • Chinese (Traditional)

  • Croation

  • Czech

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • English (UK)

  • English (US)

  • Estonian

  • Finnish

  • French (Canada)

  • French (France)

  • German

  • Greek

  • Hebrew

  • Hindi

  • Hungarian

  • Indonesian

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Lithuanian

  • Latvian

  • Malay

  • Norwegian Bokmål

  • Polish

  • Portuguese (Brazil)

  • Portuguese (Portugal)

  • Romanian

  • Russian

  • Slovak

  • Slovenian

  • Spanish (Mexico)

  • Spanish (Spain)

  • Swedish

  • Thai

  • Turkish

  • Ukrainian

  • Vietnamese

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