How To Translate Your Chats with QQ International

QQ International lets you overcome linguistic barriers and comes with a live chat translator. It’s a great way to connect with people from all over the world and make new friends without necessarily being a linguist!

The chat translator is available on Windows, Android, and iPhone/iOS.

QQ International for iPhone/iOS and Android

Instantly translate your incoming chats in QQ International for Android or iPhone/iOS by tapping on any incoming message. Please notice that the performance of this function may vary according to your network settings.

If you want to change the destination language you can do so via Settings -> Translator as below:


QQ International for Windows

Start a conversation with a contact and inside the chat window you’ll find the “Translate” button at the bottom left corner.

How to Translate Incoming Messages

To translate incoming message you simply need to highlight the text and click on the icon. The selected text will be automatically translated according to your settings (which you can change at any time – see below for more).

How to Translate Outgoing Messages

Write up your chat as you would normally do… and click on “Translate” to send it. Once sent, your message will be automatically translated according to your options. That’s it!

For each chat window, QQ International will remember what language you used last time. To save time, we recommend you to use the hotkey ALT+E to translate your messages instead of clicking on the “Translate” button.

Translator Settings

Make sure you’ve customized your translator settings before using it. Click on the  “Translator” button, then click on the “Translator Settings” button as below.

The Translator Settings interface:

  • Add or delete destination language(s) for your translated chats
  • Select whether to send the original chat in addition to its translation
  • Automatically translate all messages you send out
    (by default, after clicking “Translate” you need to click“Send” to send the translated message to your contact)
  • Hide or display the translate button in your chat windows

Once you customize your translator settings, click OK to save.



72 thoughts on “How To Translate Your Chats with QQ International

  • July 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

    this subject is a lot interesting, it would help me so much.

    • April 3, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      I’m a chinese high school student Grade 11,I want to gou to Canada Toronto to finish my educationand. I really hope I can make friends with foreigners,so that can help me learn about the different cultures and improve my skills.Thank u.

  • July 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Nice website. Thank you for sharing.

  • August 28, 2012 at 2:51 am

    it don’t work in QQI 1.5 it needs to be fixed

    • May 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

      The translator in QQi 1.6 is not accurate I have been told many times that it makes mistakes, can you please rectify this problem

  • September 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Translation of incoming messages manually is a bit clumsy.

    Can you please add an option of translating them automatically or maybe just keyboard shortcut to translate incoming message?


  • September 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Is this only for Windows based machines? Do not see translate button in chat window on my Mac.
    I have latest version og QQ international installed.

  • September 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Translator is not working, how do I fix this? It worked in the last release.


  • September 20, 2012 at 8:24 am

    how i am suppose to know that she can see my translation and i am not able to see the tranlstion from their side

  • October 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I delete in my translator settings my outgoing message from english to chinese
    how can i repace it as i cant answer the incoming message?

    question : how can I add new friends to my contactlist by their id nr?

    thank You

    • March 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

      right cklick the contact in the list and click edit the display name

  • December 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

    i write in Arabic so does my Chinese friend but i don’t receive any conversation in Arabic from her and she doesn’t receive any conversation in Arabic from me
    but in the translator there is an Arabic language
    dosn’t QQ receive any conversation in Arabic ???

  • December 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Set the pronunciation of the language.So much the better!

  • December 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    your translator version is a unique thing i will try only after that i will post my
    comments if there will be any problem

  • December 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    My translate function didn’t work. I reinstalled twice QQ international version, but it is still not working right. I need you help and let me know how to make it works.
    Thank you for your time

    • December 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Hi, it seems to be working fine. Are you behind a VPN by any chance?

  • December 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

    i like qq very much but i have problem
    when i connect my friends they can not understnad me.
    please add Urdu Pakistani Language.
    in qq new version
    thanks in advance.

    • December 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Dear Qaiser it’d be great to have a Urdu version. Would you like to contribute and help? Please let us know at

  • December 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Incoming translations need to be automatic, it’s too much hassle clicking so much for every message. Why is this only available for windows and not the OSX and iOS version? They are very neglected (feature wise).

      • February 24, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        Unfortunately, anything with the word blog at the beginning is blocked in China, but I would have thought you knew that. In addition, translating the incoming message like you describe doesn’t always work. I have a message that I have been trying to translate for 15 minutes and the pop-up you describe never appears and yes, I have the setting set correctly.

        • February 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

          Hi Paul, thanks for getting in touch. Just tried translating “blog” via QQ, whilst in China, and had no problems at all translating it like this: blog (博客). I’m sure you’re having some connections problems… please check your network! Where are you based?

          • September 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

            Sorry, didn’t see your message. I am in Dalian and ever since I have been here the internet sucks. When I was living in Nanjing I never had any problem getting to WordPress and could even get most sites that had the word blog in the URL.
            The translation function works sometime and then quits working. It is extremely frustrating. We use QQ at work and I find it convenient for my Chinese colleagues because they can write in Mandarin and I can write in English and we understand one another. When it stops working, I am stuck.

  • January 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm


    I like this so much, I am new in china and i want to make some friends this option will help me ..


  • January 2, 2013 at 4:17 am

    my qq translator is not working..for one week now..both incoming and outgoing messages…fix it soon..thanx

    • January 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Tecy here is working all fine, no system problems. I don’t know – are you perhaps on a VPN?

  • January 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I am using QQ International. For over a year now, I have used QQ translator without problem. The translations are sometimes slow or do not function when the Internet connection is poor. I have QQ on both my home computer and my work computer. My work computer will no longer translate incoming or outgoing messages. It has not worked for several days. My home computer still works well. Yesterday, I installed a newer version of QQ on my work computer. This version has moved the “translation” button between the “close” and “send” buttons. I still cannot get the translation to work.

    Is it possible that I have clicked something to turn off the translator or made the translation option unavailable? I cannot find the problem. Any help or advice you have will be appreciated.



    • January 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Dear Robert, we just forwarded this problem to our developers. It sounds a bit strange – may I ask you what’s your location? Are you using any VPN service?

    • March 27, 2013 at 9:50 am

      hello rebert.
      i noticed ur issue, even though i’m not staff in tencent.
      did u installed lastversion of QQ not the international?
      that may not have any translate tools and it for chinese, no english language pack available.

      if u live in china, VPN is required to connect any google service.

  • January 10, 2013 at 1:29 am

    the translator doesn’t work i can see the translator button and when I click on the button i can choose the language after highlighting the message and clicking on the translator button no response the incoming message is not translated what is wrong? what have I to do to get the translator working and helping me to understand the incoming messages?
    thank you for your help and assistance

  • January 15, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Hey, what a great idea and tool for translation. This will come in handy for me, thank you for the recommendation.

  • January 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Isso nao funciona, desde que tenho QQ ( que ja faz muitos anos) nunca funcionou.

    • January 22, 2013 at 2:50 am

      ? Agora funciona tudo ok… nao tem ng problema, nao sei o que problema vc tem

  • January 21, 2013 at 12:59 am

    i installed qq to my iphone but is in chinese can i change language?

    • January 22, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Dear Kostas, unfortunately we don’t provide support for any mobile version since there are no International editions available at the moment.

  • January 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    how to show pinyin from hanzi, and because in QQ only there are english and chinese (hanzi)

  • January 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Now i am using the International QQ, in this the translator is not working even after you setting direction.

    Kindly do the needful immediately.

    Thanks and Regards,


    • January 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Dear Sargunan, please send us a detailed report at and we’ll fix it asap.

  • January 31, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I just updated QQ International from 1.4 to 1.6, all of a sudden, I am getting an error “(Error: 200-character translation limit per message.)” when i try to translate incoming and outgoing messages and its on all friends even if i translate “hello” I am pretty sure I am translating less than 200 characters so why am I getting this error? i try on different friends and get the same error.

    • January 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Dear Amit, please check our reply to fellow QQ friend Yousaf in this thread

  • January 31, 2013 at 2:26 am

    i have problem in myqq translator.when i just click on translate.the following page appear.” cannot translate more than 200 characters.”but i have only selected only one or two words just to translate.can you help me?if yes please reply

    • January 31, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Yousaf! Basically you can use our translator to either output fully translated phrases (this is done through the “Translate” button and submenu at the bottom of the chat window), or otherwise by selecting phrases and words from a conversation inside a chat window. In the latter case you will need to highlight the words (or double click on one) and then click on the blue “Translate” icon that will pop up automatically. Still haven’t solved this problem? Please send us some detailed report and include some screenshots -> Our Customer Service mail is

  • February 12, 2013 at 2:53 am

    The qq translaor has stopped working for me. I have rebooted my computer twice now to resolve the problem with no luck! It also translates very slowly at times when I am translating incoming messages. What is the problem with it? Can it be resolved?

    • February 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Jim, would you please send us a detailed report about your problem? We’d like to know where you’re based, what sort of connection you’re using, whether you’re behind a proxy (office or university network for instance) or VPN service. Send the details to – thanks!

  • February 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Great app, use for work too…. Would be great if you could have all those functions you grant windows system with, for Mac computers too, xie xie

  • February 19, 2013 at 2:45 am

    very nice and easy for me

    • February 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks for your support!

  • February 19, 2013 at 6:10 am

    can you set the automatic translate setting that i just press ctrl-E and text automatic translate if english then to chinese but if chinese then to English?????

  • February 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much for your system that I can make friends with chinese people. I love it so much. I hope that I can speak chinese well and english.

    • February 21, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Fantastic news! Thanks for your support, and make sure you tell all your friends about us. Have you tried QQ Chat by the way?

  • February 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I use WinXP italian with QQi, everytime form another computer (Win7 chinese) on the same LAN someone else connect QQ, my QQi connection is not stable and often go down. i tried to set Port, Firewall, everything… but never solved this problem from about 2 years.

    • February 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Marco, we don’t allow using the same account from two (or more) devices or clients. Make sure you’re not doing this 🙂

  • February 25, 2013 at 9:55 am
    Permalink there a english version of qqzone.i log in and its chinese and i cant read i missing out on a english page?help would be much appreciated..thansk in advance…ken in vancouver canada

  • February 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

    i am huzaifa i used qqi i use window 7 basic my my translator not working please help me…..

    • March 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Dear Huzaifa is it still not working?

  • March 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    sometimes it’s so difficult to do it.
    and my advice to developer please make more easy for QQ user.
    thanks for previous version and i hope can and waiting for new systematics.

  • March 22, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Hi, everybody,I’m from China. I hope to know many friends from all over the world, and better learning English.
    Welcome you and be my friend。
    If you want to learn Chinese, plus I QQ1264232494, maybe I can help.

  • March 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I think your site is awesome but have a couple of suggestions that I think would help us English users. First, translation from Chinese to English is very slows and often does not work at all if Chinese print is too large…can you set a max size of say 12 point font? Second, can you open other QQ sites to allow translation of all content to other languages…I have a personal QQ profile but cannot see how to navigate to those that are contacting me nor understanding the messages their leaving me.
    Greatly appreciated and keep up the great improvements.

    • April 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks for your feedback! Well noted

  • April 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    My translator for incoming messages has stopped working and has not worked now for several week. It works just fine, although very slow at times for outgoing messages. My way of handling the incoming messages has been to copy and past them in the outgoing message area, change the translation from english to chinese, translate the incoming message, then delete it, and write my response, change the translator back to the original setting. translate, and then send it. It is slow and cumbersom but it works. Would appreciate the translator be updated so this would not have to be done this way. thanks. BigJim

  • April 4, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Please help, I have QQ for Mac version 2.3, but I do not see a translate button on the bottom left as you say in your tutorial?

  • May 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I like English, but always learn bad, so I want to through this software to improve my English.

  • May 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks, firstly for the upgraded version of QQ International
    I have been using QQ International., since almost 3 years.,
    Only in this latest version 1.6, I find that the Translator is NOT AUTOMATIC.,
    What I mean to say is:
    If I need to translate English to Chinese., I have to choose the language.,
    If I need to translate Chinese to English,. I have to choose the language again.,,.
    In the previous version., it was AUTOMATIC…..
    Just type english words.., click TRANSLATE or press ALT + E., and it is done.,
    Same for chinese words too……..

    But for this version., it has to be changed Manually.

    Please try to fix this problem, a.s.a.p.

    Thanks in Advance., and keep up the good work !

  • May 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

    how can i use this function of language transtrate to every foreign language?

  • May 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, i’m using QQI 1,5 (2645)
    I’m using Polish->English direction (default is Chinese->English and English->Chinese) and everytime i reboot my PC, QQI losts translator settings and return to defaults. Pls help me.

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