How to sign up for the free Google Translate API (Cloud Translation), automatic translation site

Sign up for the free Google Translate API
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The translation cost is too expensive, so basically all WordPress translation plugins with multi-language SEO effect need to register additional translation API to achieve the translation function. And Google Cloud Translator is the translation service with the best quality and most voice support among free translators.

This article teaches you how to sign up for the free Google Translate API from scratch and just enter the registered API into a translation plugin like TranslatePress to achieve fully automated multilingual translation of your website.


Google Cloud Platform Registration

If you do not have a Google account first register one, when registering you need to verify the cell phone number, select China and then directly enter the cell phone number in front of do not put "+86". If you encounter "This phone number cannot be used for verification", change your browser's primary language to English, or use your cell phone to register instead.

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After registering an account or if you already have an account, you need to open the ladder software and then go to Click Sign in at the top right corner to start signing in to your Google account.

Google Chrome

Enter information to log in

Login to Google account

If you are already signed in to your Google account, this step can be omitted and you can jump directly to the Google Cloud Google Cloud application page.

Visit the Google Cloud Google Cloud Chinese - Simplified as the language of the website, and then click the blue buttonStart using it for free.

Google Cloud Free Trial

The following formally enter the free trial of Google Cloud application link, a total of three steps, the first step to fill out the account information.

Google Cloud Application Step 1

Google Cloud Application Step 1

First fill in the country/region, here it is recommended to choose the node IP location, for example, if you are using the UK agent, choose the UK country/region, if you are using the US agent, choose the US country/region (It is recommended to choose Hong Kong, because you need to fill in the credit card information later).

Once the country region is selected, choose which of the following best matches your organization or needs? This step also gives you an additional $$ $100 free trial (stacked on top of the $300) if you choose the company category, but you have to enter a corporate email.

Fill in the applicant information and email address

If you don't want to apply for additional trial grants, this step allows you to select individual projects or other categories.

Fill in the country and project

Once the above two selections are made, check the Terms of Service and Email Dynamics below and click Continue to proceed to step 2.

Step 2, Authentication and Contact Information, enter your phone number for post-authentication contact information. google will send a text message containing a 6-digit verification code to authenticate your identity and confirm your contact information in order to provide you with a solution to improve your Cloud experience.

You will need to pay the standard rate. At the flag icon in front of the phone number, click the down arrow to pull down and select China +86 and fill in your domestic mobile number at the phone number. After receiving the verification code, fill in to continue to the next step

Google Cloud Authentication and Contact Information

Step 3, payment information verification. This step is the key to register Google Cloud Google Cloud, you need to verify the credit card information. Choose Personal for the account type.

Google Cloud Payment Information Verification

Once the account type is selected, you need to fill in the payment method, which means adding a credit or debit card. Enter the prepared credit card number, valid year and month, and CVV 3-digit security code. If you have PayPal, you can also add PayPal (Note: Google Cloud does not seem to support domestic PayPal).

Enter a random billing address and zip code for the registered area in the address field. (The billing address will only be mailed if a charge is actually incurred and a paper bill is requested. The billing address can be found on Google Maps or can be obtained from the random address generator online.) No tax information is required, click to start your free trial.

After you click to start your free trial, you will receive a text message or a transaction alert from your bank app. Google will charge your credit card $1 and then will return it immediately. Congratulations, Google Cloud Google Cloud has been applied successfully!

Note: The first time you use your credit card for a dollar transaction, a risk control call will come from the bank's credit card center asking if the transaction was done in person, just answer yes.

Google Cloud Welcome Page

Your free trial includes a $300 grant for the next 90 days. You are now logged into Google Cloud's operating platform interface. Before logging in, Google Cloud requires a small survey to answer 4 questions, and of course you can choose to turn it off.

Once the questions are answered, click Finish. After that Google will recommend the corresponding solution to host the site via Google Cloud based on your interests.

You can either try the solution or click below to skip it for now. Well here the Google Cloud application is done, get $300 grant and 90 days trial period.

Google Cloud Checkout Account Overview

Google Cloud Google Cloud has been applied, and the next step is to start configuring Google Cloud.


Sign up for the free Google Translate API

First you need to create a new Translate API project by clicking on Select Project and selecting "Create Project". Then click onContinue.

Create a registered Google Cloud project

If, after clicking Continue, , ,You will see the following screen, after entering your project name, clickCreate: The

Fill out the Google Cloud project information

After successful creation, you will be taken to the project page.

Google Cloud Project page

AccessGoogle Translate API pageand click on "Enable", i.e., enable the Google Translate API under the project you created earlier.

Enable Cloud Translation API

After enabling Cloud Translation API, go to the API management page and click "Credentials"-"Create credentials", select the API key, as shown in the following figure.

Create cloud translation API credentials

When you see the pop-up window below, you have successfully created the Google Cloud Translator API key.Save the API keyThe following is a list of the most important things you can do to help you.

Get API key

You can use this API key directly to configure the Magicpost plugin for article translation, but we recommend that you modify the API key slightly to add restrictions and improve security as suggested by Google.

To perform this action, click on the screenshot above "Modify API key ", selectHTTP referral source URLThen add the website that needs to use this API. The URL format must be in full format, such as, and add www if your URL has www.

Finally click on "Save".

Set API key restrictions


Set API translation limits

Now (2022-12-03) the first 3 months of new user registration is free (there are prompts in the registration process), and the first 500,000 translated characters are free for each month after 3 months, and the charge is $20 for every 1 million characters after that, clickView billing rates. And the first 3 months are not free if you are a regular user.

A Chinese character = 2 characters, an English letter = 1 character (for example, the word apple counts as 5 characters), a space also counts as a character. If the English site assumes that there are 5 languages, 500,000 characters each language can be allocated to 100,000 characters, according to a letter equal to a character to count, less than 10 long articles to use up the quota, it is easy to exceed the quota is deducted.

One of our customers bought from our website in DecemberTranslatePress Translation PluginWhen discussing the free API with me, he told me that he was charged for using Google Translate API beyond the limit before, and sent me the following picture ↓. Because I forgot to set the limit and consumption reminder, I didn't know about the overage until I was charged $58 😆 .

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It is very necessary to set translation quotas and overage alerts, follow the steps below to set translation quotas.

Go toEnabled APIs and services, scroll down on the page and findCloud Translation API.

APIs and Services Enabled in Google Cloud Console screen

Click on it and navigate to "Quotas"QUOTAS tab.

Quota tab for Cloud Translation API

From here, you will be able to view all quotas, select the Cloud Translation API quota to be modified, and then edit it.

Edit Google Translate API quotas

After the translation limit is set, no further translations will be made beyond the limit until the next month when the 500,000 free translation character limit is restored.


Set consumption reminder

Double Protection also sets up an overage alert, which is a set amount that will send you an email alert if you spend more than that amount. This way you know how much money has been spent and stop loss in time.

Click to enterGoogle Clearing HouseAnd log in, click "My billing account".

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Click on "Budget and Reminders"

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Create a budget↓

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Follow the chart↓

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Enter the budget amount

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Set the alert threshold and tap Done.

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Email alerts will be sent when spending reaches $0.5, $0.9, $1.Remember to check your email frequently! You can set more budget amount, for example, $100, and then set the alert threshold to 10%, 20%, 50%, when the spending amount reaches $10, $20, $50 will send email alert respectively.


Fully automated website translation by entering API into TranslatePress

Click the "Settings" button under "Translate Site" in the top bar of the backend website to enterTranslatePressTranslation settings screen.

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Select the "Automatic translation" tab, select "Yes" to enable automatic translation, select "Google Translate v2", and fill in the "Google Translate API key". Google Translate API registered above.

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Select Block crawlers, do not check Automatically translate Slugs (URLs)! Translating URLs can lead to many errors.

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Tap Save Changes

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If the automatic translation settings screen shows that there are unsupported languages, just click "recheck the supported languages" to detect them. This is very important, if not re-check will not automatically translate the site.

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If the API is correct after saving, the green flag in the red box below will be displayed. If the API error is prompted, click "Test API Credentials" to see what is wrong with the API and then correct it yourself.

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It takes a while to complete the translation after filling in the API, and the length of time depends on the total amount of text on the website, which may range from a few minutes to a few hours.


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