Where is the 'foreign language translation' option in Dev?

@mk7z agree :100:%. Have you taken a look at the other threads on the Brave translation topic? There are a TON like, How Can You Invoke The Foreign Language Translation Option that provide a lot of info on how Brave plans to incorporate this function. Can’t happen soon enough for me!

Thanks. I’ll check for those other threads. The one you linked to was one I started. :wink:

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My apologies @mk7z. I should have caught that. After reviewing, the articles I remembered reading on the translation topic were on Github and Reddit here:
I didn’t see any major updates since last read with Brave Support Team still saying:
" In-page translation is actually already available in Brave beta builds – should be hitting release build in the next major update :)"
To summarize the articles as you said, the feature doesn’t seem ready for release version just yet with no one committing to a set ETA.

Thanks for those links.

If Dev counts as a “beta build” I’d sure like to know where in it translation “is already available”.

The long & short of it seems to be that as of the current moment Brave Translate isn’t yet ready for prime time.

But the cup is half full so maybe the nice, long-awaited surprise will come soon.

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Whoa! Did you see the latest release notes for Release Channel v0.69.132? Specifically, “Added ‘Install Google Translate to translate this page?’ popup when viewing websites in other languages. (#5561 )”
Check out the topic and associated link on Github. I was able to install the Google Translate Extension and translate full pages in Brave Browser! Byebye Chrome! Granted, it’s still using a Google service, but nice to be able to complete inside Brave at least. I’ll take it!
Hope it works for you.

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Thanks @Tired_of_Accounts for the feedback! Glad you’re stoked.

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Good news, thanks.

So is this best done by upgrading to the current version of whatever BRAVE format you’re using, or, given the reference to ‘extension,’ can it just be added (i.e., inserted into a recent – but not necessarily the latest – version)?

Also, is ‘translation’ now assumed to be available in all BRAVE formats (incl. Dev)?


Hi @mk7z,

The extension is available for download in all versions (Dev-latest).


You’ll be prompted in the icon to the left of Shields to install the extension.

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Got it, thanks.

If I understand the warning below (in italics), it means that if the extension is used in ‘Private’ mode, Google will be able to see the URL’s of the foreign language webpages I open, but not the actual text that’s translated?

Is that correct?

Allow in private
Warning: Brave cannot prevent extensions from recording your browsing history. To disable this extension in private mode, unselect this option.

Also, (applicable here but also more generally), since ‘privacy’ is apparently lost when browser extensions are active, is it best not to use them in ‘private’ windows (i.e., because it serves no purpose to do that)?

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The text translated by Google translate is sent to Google’s servers. The text is translated on the servers, then the result returned to the browser.

Thanks. So then am I correct that there would be no advantage to using Google Translate in Incognito Mode, because Google will still be able to see all of the text you want to translate?

You can activate extensions only “in case of click”, here chrome://extensions/?id=aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb

So the extension is only activated when you want. The inconito mode erase the data (cookies, local storage, …) at the end of the session but in my opinion Google use other ways to get a unique ID to identify (anonymously) the browser, when you use its servers.

Also you can use another service, like DeepL wich have a very good quality of translation. But it’s a paid service, there is no free lunch.

By the way I have absolutely no confidence in qwant, the request is forwarded to Microsoft, the worst is that the French government have their nose in it. It’s worse than Google!

I do not understand why it is proposed as a credible Google alternative in Brave …

Thanks for that information.

Although I have the Google Translate extension installed, I just opened a German webpage and nothing happened – no auto-translation, no request to translate.

Is there a way to manually invoke the translation when it doesn’t happen automatically?

AFAIK, the extension is set to run automatically – i.e., ‘Site Access’ set to “on all sites.”



What German site did you visit?

I was prompted to translate right after landing on the page:

Did you by chance hit Don't ask me again when you were prompted some time, and now maybe you’re just not being asked? To verify, go to Settings --> Advanced --> Languages --> Offer to translate [...] and ensure this is toggled ‘On’

Thanks, that option is ‘on.’

I loaded the same webpage again – twice, including following a restart after a crash – and still no auto-translate or prompt to translate.

FWIW, I’m on a Mac (running OS Mojave).

(Curiously, referencing another issue I’ve posted about, this time the windows/tabs all loaded normally following the crash-&-restart – i.e., none missing as far as I can tell. That’s abnormal. ;))

Can you try toggling it off/on again?

Thanks but toggling off & on had no effect.

Just to be sure I understand how the translation extension works, I shouldn’t have to manually activate it to translate a webpage, correct?

When I just did that the page redrew with translation, but then quickly disappeared with some intervention (‘error’ screen) from the website about an ‘ad blocker’ it seems to be objecting to.


“Adblocker ganz einfach deaktivieren”

I don’t have any ‘ad blocker’ extensions loaded in Brave. Is it perhaps objecting to one of Brave’s shields?