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Originally written
September 1, 2020
Updated
September 1, 2020

You can choose between Microsoft Azure Translator and Google Translate to power the WPML automatic translation feature. You can change your order preference anytime on the Translation Tools page.

Choosing an automatic translation engine option

Before translating your content with either service, it’s important to check which language pairs are available for each of them. 

For the most part, the translation quality between Google and Microsoft is very similar, though they may outshine each other in certain language pair combinations. Many clients already have a preferred engine in this regard. If you’re not sure which one is best for your language pair, we recommend sending a couple of pages for translation using each engine and reviewing the translations for your preference.

How to set your order preference

WPML allows you to choose your first choice for your automatic translation engine. In case it doesn’t not support one of your language pairs, WPML will automatically use your second option as a fallback.

To set your preferred order of automatic translation engines, go to WPML → Translation Management and click the Translation Tools tab. Then, click Payment & Settings.

Navigating to the Translation Tools settings
Navigating to the Translation Tools settings

Expand the Automatic translation services menu. Choose the order you prefer by dragging and dropping. Then click Apply this order to save.

Setting the preferred order of the translation engines
Setting the preferred order of the translation engines

This new order will apply beginning with the next translation job you add to your translation basket. Translation jobs that are already pending will continue with the previously specified order.