How to Turn Off Automatic Translations on Facebook Posts

The most important feature for any social media platform targeting a wide audience is its ability to accommodate their differences. Facebook has never been a platform to bypass its users’ comfortability. A while ago, I shared an update on how to change your language on Facebook. In that post, I talked a little about the platform’s auto-detect functionality. Today I’ll be leaving a guide on how to turn off automatic translations on Facebook posts. Researches have shown that there are above 6,500 languages spoken around the globe. It would be ridiculous to expect the social media platform to have translations for all the existing languages. Even if they succeed in getting the translations for every language on the platform, there would still be a little challenge.

Every culture and tradition is unique doesn’t apply to words. A word could mean different things across different languages. This makes some translations wrongly placed. For instance, the other day I was talking to a friend who recently moved to Spain and I used the word “finir” which was supposed to mean “Pretend”. This word was automatically translated to “end” after the message was sent. For a fact, the translation was right but not in this context.

Depending on the sense of humor, the wrong translations might slowly begin to get on your nerves. If you’re familiar with other languages, especially the languages you and your friends communicate with then you’ll not need the translation feature. In that case, this is a guide on how to turn off automatic translations on Facebook posts.

How to Turn Off Automatic Translations on Facebook Posts

Turning off automatic translations on Facebook posts can be easily done in two distinct ways. You can turn off autotranslations from a post that was automatically translated or from your account settings.

From An Automatically Translated Post

Scrolling your newsfeed as usual, and you stumble on a post made with a foreign language from one of your friends, the following steps should help you turn off automatic translations.

  1. On any post that has been translated automatically in your News Feed, click on the Settings icon (It is the gear icon directly under the post)
  2. Select the “Disable Automatic Translation For *language”.

*the language that it was translated from

This should now turn off automatic translation. The option for you to translate any post in future would still be available. Simply click on “Translate this Post”. However, If you select the “Never Translate” option, you won’t see the option to translate a post.

Alternatively, if you can’t find a post that is automatically translated, you can turn off automatic translations on Facebook posts from settings.

From Facebook Settings

If you want to turn off the automatic translation of Facebook posts from settings, the steps below should help.

  1. Navigate to your Facebook Settings. You can get to settings by clicking on the downward-facing arrow at the top right of the menu bar and selecting Settings.
  2. On the settings page, click on “Language” from the row at your left.
  3. Click on “Which Languages Do You Not Want Automatically Translated?” and input the languages you want.
  4. Click on “Save Changes”, and every post made in any of those languages would no longer be automatically translated. However, you would still see the option to translate them.
  • If you don’t need the “Translate this Post” option, click on “Which Languages Do You Understand” and add the languages, and Save Changes.

You should no longer get automatic translations for languages you feel embarrassed about facebook’s translations. Additionally, if you ever want to turn them back on, navigate back to Settings > Languages and delete your language entries then save.

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