Add language translations using the Translate & Adapt app

With the Translate & Adapt app, you can add translations to your store for products, collections, blog posts, policies, and pages.

Install the app

When you add a new language to your store, the Translate & Adapt app is installed automatically.

If you already have languages published to your store and you want to install the app, then in your Store languages settings, click Install Shopify Translate & Adapt.

Manually translate content

You can access the translation editor directly in your Shopify admin from the Translate & Adapt app, or from any content page that you want to translate.

Manually translate content in the Translate & Adapt app

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Apps.
  2. Click Translate and Adapt.
  3. Select the language that you want to translate.
  4. Select the resource that you want to translate.
  5. Enter your translated content into the appropriate field.
  6. Click Save.

Manually translate content from a content page

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to the content page that you want to translate. For example, to add translations for a product, go to the product page.
  2. Click More actions > Localize.
  1. Optional: If you have multiple languages, then from the drop-down menu, select the language that you're providing translations for.
  2. Enter your translations into the appropriate field.
  3. Click Save.

Automatically translate content

You can use the Translate & Adapt app to automatically translate content. Automatic translations are provided by the Google Cloud Translation API. Before you publish translations to your storefront, you should review them for accuracy.

Automatically translate content for a language

If you add automatic translations, then you need to activate them for each individual language that you want to translate. After you automatically translate a language, the translations will take a few minutes to display on your storefront.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Apps.
  2. Click Translate & Adapt.
  3. Select the language that you want to translate.
  4. Click Auto-translate.
  5. Click Translate.

Auto-translations will only be added to content that has not been translated yet. Any existing translations will not be overwritten, even if the default content has changed.

If new content is added (e.g. a new product has been added), you will need to come back to the app and click Auto-translate again to add the translations to the new content, in each language.

Automatically translate content for a single resource

If you want to automatically translate only a specific part of your content, then you can initiate an automatic translation for a single resource. After you automatically translate a single resource, the translations will take a few minutes to display on your storefront.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Apps.
  2. Click Translate & Adapt.
  3. Select the localized content that you want to translate.
  4. Click Auto-translate.
  5. Click Save.

Create custom content for a market

Custom content can be created to help adapt to the regional and cultural aspects in each market.

Some examples of how custom content can be used include the following:

  • Support regional spelling or preferred terms in a market. For example, creating a Sweaters menu title for a United States market, and a Jumpers menu title for a United Kingdom market.
  • Display promotional content based on the buyer's market. For example, creating a custom Thanksgiving announcement bar in October for Canadian buyers.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to the content page that you want to customize for a market. For example, to add custom content for a product page, open the product page.
  2. Click More actions > Localize.
  3. Select the market that you'd like to display customized content for from the drop-down list.
  4. Select the language that you'd like to display customized content for from the drop-down list.
  5. Enter your customized content into the appropriate field.
  6. Click Save.

Third-party app compatibility

The Translate & Adapt app is compatible with other third-party translation apps that use the Translations API. Content created with these apps will be in the Translate & Adapt app, and vice versa.

Translate & Adapt app limitations

The following types of content can't be translated with the Translate & Adapt app:

Unsupported languages

The following languages can't be translated with the Translate & Adapt app:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Cebuano
  • Corsican
  • Frisian
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Hmong
  • Latin
  • Myanmar (Burmese)
  • Nyanja (Chichewa)
  • Odia (Oriya)
  • Samoan
  • Scots Gaelic
  • Sesotho
  • Sinhala (Sinhalese)
  • Tagalog (Filipino)

Language selectors

Allow customers to choose their preferred language by enabling language selectors in your theme. If you are using a free theme from Shopify, language selectors are built in. Steps:

  • From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  • Find the theme that you want to edit, and then click Customize.
  • Search your theme settings for Enable language selector. It could be in the theme settings, footer or header depending on your theme and the theme developer.

If you’re not using a free theme from Shopify, view the support documentation for your theme or contact the theme developer. You can use the Geolocation app to add language and country selectors to any theme. Language selectors can also built for a theme.

Please note that language selectors aren't a part of the Translate & Adapt app.

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