30 June 2021
Google is known for experimenting with new features and changes to explore different user experiences. It has now been spotted testing a new YouTube feature that will make it easier for non-English users to browse through different videos. This new feature is simply about automatically translating YouTue video titles, descriptions, and captions to the native language of the user.
The feature was first reported by Android Police folks who got access to a few screenshots showing the feature in action. It currently appears to be available only for a few randomly selected users. It is also a result of the server-side change which means there is no manual way of enabling it unless you already have access to it.
The automatic YouTube translation functionality has been seen on both the web version and smartphone applications. It has been noticed that if the feature is available for you, you will automatically see a translation pop-up. It automatically translates the title, description, and captions of the video whenever a user clicks/taps on it. In terms of language support, it has only been spotted to be working with English to Portuguese and English to Turkish.
It is safe to assume that Google has begun the YouTube translation testing with only those two languages. It can be expected to include more languages as the test will go on and user feedback will be received. It is not hard to guess why Google would want to make such a feature available for everyone in the future. It will definitely make it a lot more convenient for users who are not well-versed with English.