Best Alternative for Google Translate? 4 Top Options Compared in 2022

Searching for some alternatives for Google Translate?

Google Translate is one of the best translation services that you’ll find. It supports a huge number of languages and is generally pretty accurate no matter which language pairs you choose.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best translation service for your specific situation. You might be better off with a different service for your specific language(s) or there might be budget restrictions that factor into your decisions.

Overall, while Google Translate is great, there are also other quality translation services that you can consider, which is the focus of this post.

We’ll start off by quickly running down some of the pros and cons of using Google Translate. Then, we’ll dig into four Google Translate alternatives, and explain why each service might make a good alternative.

We’re going to focus primarily on using these tools to translate your own website or app via API. However, most of these alternatives also offer consumer-focused apps and web interfaces to translate other websites or content, which we’ll also be sure to note.

So whether you want a tool to translate your website or you just want some translation help on your next trip abroad, you should be able to find a good option on our list.

Google Translate Pros and Cons: Do You Need an Alternative?

While we are writing a post on alternatives for Google Translate, we still think that Google Translate is the best translation service for most people.

It has several large advantages:

  1. If you have a WordPress website, you can easily translate all of your site’s content by pairing Google Translate with TranslatePress.
  2. It supports the most languages of pretty much any tool that you’ll find. With over 100 languages supported, there’s a pretty good chance you can find whatever language pair you need.
  3. Its translations are very accurate. While we will share one service that ranks above Google Translate, Google Translate is generally one of the highest-rated services when it comes to automatic translation. Basically, it’s hard to find an alternative with more accurate translations.
  4. The web browser and smartphone apps are free to use. There’s also an API for website translation that has a free tier.
  5. For consumers, it has useful features like the ability to translate text in images or translate voice conversations.

However, there are some disadvantages that might make other tools more optimal for your situation:

  • While Google Translate is generally very accurate, you can find services that are more accurate for certain language pairs, especially when it comes to understanding context and local idioms.
  • If you’re on a tight budget and you need translation API access, you can find services that have more generous free tiers and cheaper premium prices. This is probably one of the biggest reasons to consider a Google Translate alternative, as Google Translate is on the pricier end of things.

Best Alternative for Google Translate: Four Top Options

Now, let’s get into our picks for the four best Google Translate alternatives. For each alternative, we’ll do our best to explain both its advantages and disadvantages vs Google Translate.

There are two ways that you can use most of these translation services:

  1. API – you’ll use an API if you want to translate your website’s content. The API lets you automatically send your site’s content to the service for translation using a tool like TranslatePress, which is helpful for bulk translation. This is a more business-focused solution.
  2. Browser interface or apps – you can translate content by manually typing or pasting it into a web browser interface or smartphone app. Or, some tools can translate voices or text in images. This is a more consumer-focused solution. For example, you could use a smartphone app to help you translate stuff during your trip to France.

Again, we’re mainly interested in website translation and API usage for this post, but we will mention the consumer-focused applications when applicable.

1. DeepL

DeepL

DeepL is one of the best Google Translate alternatives for people who really value accuracy, especially when it comes to grasping context and local idioms.

DeepL offers an API that you can use to automatically translate your website, as well as a web interface and apps to translate text content or text files (like .docx or .pptx).

Again, the biggest advantage of DeepL is the quality/accuracy of its translations. In a blind test between DeepL, Google Translate, Amazon Translate, and Microsoft Translator (that was commissioned by DeepL), most translators preferred DeepL’s translation when there was a noticeable difference between the translations:

DeepL vs Google Translate vs Microsoft vs Amazon results

*Note – this graph does not include situations where translators ranked the translations as equally good (e.g. they were identical). It only highlights situations where translators preferred one service to the other. In those situations, they were way more likely to prefer DeepL than the other translation services.

The main downside of DeepL is its limited language selection. While Google Translate supports over 100+ different languages, DeepL only supports 24+ languages at the time that we’re writing this post – you can see the full list here.

DeepL supports most European languages, as well as Chinese* and Japanese. *You can use both traditional and simplified Chinese as your translation source. However, you can only output translations as simplified Chinese.

DeepL is also about 25% more expensive than Google Translate for the translation API, which might factor into your decision if you need to exceed the DeepL API free tier (which lets you translate 500,000 characters per month for free).

Overall, DeepL can be a great alternative for Google Translate because of its accuracy. However, you’ll need to make sure that DeepL supports your chosen languages, as it doesn’t offer as broad of a selection as Google Translate. You’ll also need to be ok with paying a little more if your needs exceed the free tier.

To learn more, you can read our full Google Translate vs DeepL comparison.

If you’re using WordPress, we also have a guide on how to automatically translate WordPress using DeepL and TranslatePress.

2. Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator is, as the name suggests, the translation service from Microsoft.

Through Microsoft’s cloud services, you can use the Microsoft Translator API to translate your website’s content.

Microsoft Translator also offers lots of consumer-focused tools and applications, such as the ability to start a group meeting and let everyone participate in their own languages.

At the time that we’re writing this, Microsoft Translator supports 70+ languages. That’s not quite as many as Google Translate, but it’s a lot more than DeepL.

The main advantage that Microsoft Translator has over Google Translate is its pricing. If you’re looking to translate your website or app, Microsoft Translator has a more generous free tier and is also more affordable if you need paid translation.

First off, let’s look at the free tiers:

  • Microsoft Translator API free tier lets you translate up to 2,000,000 characters per month (two million).
  • Google Translate API free tier only lets you translate up to 500,000 characters per month (five hundred thousand).

If you need to exceed that, Microsoft Translator is still more affordable:

  • Microsoft Translator API charges $10 per one million translation characters.
  • Google Translate API charges $20 per one million translation characters.

To sum that up, the Microsoft Translator API has these pricing advantages:

  • You get 4X as many monthly translation characters on the free tier.
  • The paid translation costs half of what Google Translate costs.

However, there are two main downsides of Microsoft Translator vs Google Translate:

  1. Google Translate supports more languages, though this may or may not matter for your specific language pairs.
  2. Most people consider Google Translate’s translation to be a little better than Microsoft Translator, which you can see in the DeepL translation study above.

Overall, Microsoft Translator can be a good option if you’re looking to save money, but it offers few advantages vs Google Translate outside of that.

3. Amazon Translate

Amazon Translate alternative for Google

Amazon Translate is the machine translation service that’s part of Amazon Web Services. Whereas all of the previous tools offer both consumer-focused translation apps and interfaces as well as translation APIs, Amazon Translate is almost exclusively focused on API usage.

That means you can use it to translate your app or website, but you can’t use it for smartphone translations during your trip to France.

Amazon Translate currently supports 75+ different languages, which is equivalent to something like Microsoft Translator but less than what Google Translate offers.

As with Microsoft Translator, the main advantage of Amazon Translate over Google Translate is the pricing.

First off, Amazon Translate’s free tier has a higher monthly limit than Google Translate:

  • Amazon Translate API free tier lets you translate up to 2,000,000 characters per month (two million).
  • Google Translate API free tier only lets you translate up to 500,000 characters per month (five hundred thousand).

However, Amazon Translate’s free tier only lasts for 12 months. It’s not a lifetime free tier like Google Translate. So if your translation needs will last longer than a year, that might be one thing to consider.

If you need the paid tier, Amazon Translate is cheaper than Google Translate, but not as cheap as Microsoft Translator:

  • Amazon Translate API charges $15 per one million translation characters.
  • Google Translate API charges $20 per one million translation characters.

However, Amazon Translate has the same downsides as Microsoft Translator when you compare it to Google Translate:

  • Google Translate supports more languages, though this may or may not matter for your specific language pairs.
  • Most people consider Google Translate’s translations to be a little better than Amazon Translate, which you can see in the DeepL translation study above.

4. Yandex Translate

Yandex Translate alternative for Google

Yandex Translate is the machine translation service from the Russian search giant, Yandex.

It supports 98+ different languages, which is the highest of any alternative on this list (though still not quite as comprehensive as Google).

Like Google Translate, it also offers both consumer-focused applications (e.g. a web-based translation interface), as well as a translation API that you can use to automatically translate your website.

Because it comes from a Russian company, it can also make an especially good option for translating Russian language pairs.

The biggest advantage of Yandex Translate, however, is its incredibly generous free tier. Yandex Translate lets you translate up to one million characters per day for free, with an overall monthly limit of 10 million characters. That means the free tier limit on Yandex Translate is 20X that of Google Translate!

There is one caveat, though. If you’re using the free tier, you’re required to place a link on your site with the following text “Translated by Yandex.Translate”.

If you don’t want to place that link, or if you have higher translation limits, you can pay for the premium API access. The premium API uses a tiered pricing structure, but all of the tiers are still cheaper than Google Translate:

Number of monthly translation characters

Price per one million characters

Less than 50 million

$15

50 million to 100 million

$12

100 million to 200 million

$10

200 million to 500 million

$8

500 million to 1 billion

$6

Higher than 1 billion

Contact sales

Overall, the main advantage of Yandex Translate is its very generous free tier. Just remember that the terms of service on the free tier require you to add a link to the Yandex Translate website.

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Google Translate is one of the best machine translation services that you’ll find. However, it’s far from being the only option when it comes to automatic translation.

If you’re mainly concerned with the accuracy of your translations, you might want to use DeepL. While DeepL doesn’t support as many languages as Google Translate and is a little more expensive for bulk usage, it has the highest-rated accuracy of any translation service, especially when it comes to context and slang.

On the other hand, if you’re primarily concerned with saving money, you can find machine translation services that are cheaper than Google Translate, though you’ll make some sacrifices when it comes to language selection and translation quality:

  • Yandex Translate has the most generous free tier by far (as long as you’re ok with adding a link to the Yandex Translate website).
  • Microsoft Translator offers a 4x larger monthly free tier and also costs half as much for premium translation.
  • Amazon Translate offers a 4x larger monthly free tier (but only for the first year). The premium tier also only costs $15 per one million characters, vs the $20 that Google Translate charges.

All of these services offer API services that let you translate your website or app. If you’re looking for more of a consumer-focused tool for translating documents or communicating with people in other languages, Microsoft Translator is probably the best option, though DeepL also has some useful consumer-focused tools.

Finally – if you’re looking for an automatic translation service for your WordPress website, you can use TranslatePress. TranslatePress not only supports Google Translate for automatic translation, but it also supports DeepL, which is the best alternative to Google Translate for people looking for accurate translations.

To learn more, you can check out these guides:

TranslatePress Multilingual

The best plugin to automatically translate WordPress with Google Translate or DeepL

Get the plugin

Or download FREE version

Do you still have any questions about picking the best Google Translate alternative for your needs? Let us know in the comments!

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