26 October 2021
YouTube for Android and iOS is reportedly testing instant comment translations so to avoid language barriers when users want to know the viewpoints and opinions of others on the video. This feature is said to be limited to Premium subscriptions and is available until September 9. It is unknown if YouTube will roll this feature back or release it to everyone after the aforementioned date.
YouTube Premium subscribers will see a ‘Translate’ button below any comment written in a language different from your preset device/app settings. Just tap on the button and YouTube will translate to your local language. Switching back to see the original is also simple, just tap on ‘See Original,’ and this will convert it back to the original language.
As 9to5Google points out, the new feature is part of regular YouTube Experiments, which offers Premium subscribers the opportunity to try out new features ahead of a wider rollout. The feature doesn’t come as an option. If you are a premium subscriber of YouTube then the feature will be available to you. If you watch videos in another language then you might notice this new feature enabled inside the comments. However, as per AndroidPolice, you might have to restart your Android or iOS device to check this feature out.
We believe the feature should roll out to everyone soon as it is quite a useful tool to read other people’s comments on the content of the video. Language shouldn’t be a barrier for anyone and hence it shouldn’t be served as a special feature of a Premium subscription. It is, however, unknown which languages YouTube will translate. The two blogs were able to translate from Chinese and Japanese to English.