Instagram on Wednesday announced a new translation button. Rolling out “in the coming month,” the function will appear on image captions, comments and profile bios written in a language different from your own. The photo-sharing network will structure its translations similar to its parent company Facebook.
So, now when you come across a post you want to translate into a language that isn’t your default language, you can hit the “See Translation” button to convert it into the language you’ve chosen in your profile’s language settings. Both Facebook and Twitter have translation features already, so this addition brings Instagram up to par with its competition in that respect. Considering that 80% of Instagram’s user base lives outside the United States, this feature will likely be welcomed by many.
There’s no word on how many languages Instagram will support with the first rollout of this feature. The company does explain on its Help website that if a translation isn’t showing up, it might be because the app doesn’t currently support that language or couldn’t detect the initial language being used. It also warns users that translations may not be available for older posts. The full translation feature should be ready for most users by July.