How To Google Translate In Google Sheets

Google Sheets is an immensely powerful tool, offering capabilities well beyond simple spreadsheets. One such capability is integrating Google Translate directly into your sheets. This could be a game-changer if you’re working with multilingual data. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of using Google Translate within Google Sheets.

Setting Up Google Translate in Google Sheets

The process involves using a built-in Google Sheets function called GOOGLETRANSLATE. This function allows you to translate text from one language to another directly within your spreadsheet. The syntax of the function is as follows:

    =GOOGLETRANSLATE(text, [source_language], [target_language])

In this syntax:

  • text is the text to translate.
  • source_language is the language of the text to be translated. It’s optional. If not specified, Google Sheets will try to detect the language.
  • target_language is the language into which the text will be translated.


Now, let’s see how to use this function with an example:

    =GOOGLETRANSLATE("Hello World", "en", "es")

In this example, we are translating “Hello World” from English (“en”) to Spanish (“es”). When you hit Enter, the result will be “Hola Mundo”.

Using Cell References

You can also use cell references instead of direct text. Let’s assume that the text to translate is in cell A1:

    =GOOGLETRANSLATE(A1, "en", "es")

This way, whenever you change the text in cell A1, the translated text will update automatically.

Auto-Detect Language

If you want Google Sheets to detect the source language automatically, you can skip the source language parameter:

    =GOOGLETRANSLATE(A1, , "es")

The result is the same, but now Google Sheets will detect the language of the text in A1 automatically before translating it to Spanish.


By using the GOOGLETRANSLATE function in Google Sheets, you can translate text from one language to another directly within your spreadsheets, making your data analysis and reporting tasks easier and more efficient. We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you!