Update the WeChat for iOS app today and you’ll notice the cross-platform messaging service has a handy new translation feature.

To activate the tool, simply long-press on a message and tap the arrow icon on the right-hand side. The next row should include an option called ‘Translate’ which, as the name implies, will convert the text into your native language.

wechat1 You can now translate messages in the WeChat for iOS app

We tried the feature in a few different languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Thai. The results were by no means perfect – it’s just like putting a sentence or two through Google Translate – but it’s a welcome feature that could prove useful nonetheless.

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