Microsoft Teams for iOS and Android will soon let users translate channel messages

Rabia Noureen

Microsoft is finally bringing on-demand translation capabilities to channels in its Teams iOS and Android apps. According to the Microsoft 365 Admin center, the feature will start rolling out this month, and it will become generally available for all Office 365 customers in mid-July.

The Microsoft Teams mobile apps already support on-demand translation for chat messages. The new channel message translation feature, which is already available on the desktop, will let mobile users translate posts or replies into their preferred language without leaving the channel. The app will use the Microsoft Translator service for translation in more than 70 languages, and a full list of supported languages can be found on this page.

Press and hold to translate

The new on-demand translation experience could be helpful for people who speak different languages, and it should make it easier for users to communicate with others by translating posts in channels. Microsoft noted that the message translation functionality would be enabled by default for everyone, and Office 365 Admins will need to disable it manually.