HanYou allows you to instantaneously translate Chinese characters and text into English using the Camera on your device in real-time.

HanYou displays a pop up window containing English translations and pinyin forms of Chinese mandarin words & characters, when you point the camera at them using your iPhone or iPad. The App also allows you to take pictures or directly select them from your camera roll in order to translate any displayed characters and words. HanYou lets you as well recognize Chinese characters by drawing them manually on your screen.

HanYou fully works offline.

Tips / Features :

- translate all types of Chinese characters (simplified, traditional) into English
- real-time detection and translation of Chinese characters using the camera or pictures from your Camera Roll
- get the pinyin form of the Chinese characters you are targetting for easy pronunciation
- freeze the camera frame with the "Freeze" button and navigate through the picture by dragging the cursor
- tap to focus, zoom by pinching and move the picture or the cursor by dragging
- copy the recognized characters with a long press gesture for subsequent use
- read either horizontal or vertical text
- manually draw characters on your screen, recognize and translate them

HanYou is the sister-app of its Japanese counterpart Yomiwa.

Video visible on the link below.

Feedback and suggestions are very welcome :

What's New

Version 3.0.0

- Added a dictionary mode
- Multiline recognition
- Improved character recognition
- HanYou Wall: share pictures

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5

6 Ratings

6 Ratings

This app is helpful for learning chinese. Very easy to use and helped me a lot.


Translating feature is accurate

Lost in China

Unhelpful, Still

This app is completely useless for one with no knowledge of Chinese characters trying to interpret a string of characters. I've not been able to get it to translate anything correctly, even a string of characters for which I know the translation.

Developer Response

Unfortunately, the app is only able to give single word translation / definitions for now. We have some update coming soon that will improve the app greatly. We hope you will give it a new try. Thank you.

So helpful


So bloody helpful for my homework


Vivien Seguy
54.8 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Vivien Seguy & Rémi Gigoux


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