How to Add Alt Text to Facebook Images

Facebook automatically adds alternative text (alt text) to images you upload, but the descriptions are not always accurate. You can make your images more accessible to visually impaired users by writing accurate alt text for your images.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
January 18, 2022

Facebook automatically adds alternative text (alt text) to images you upload, but the descriptions are not always accurate. You can make your images more accessible to visually impaired users by writing accurate alt text for your images. Let’s explore this feature.

This is for devices using Facebook. Screenshots are from iPhone XR.

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Use the Mobile App

To add alt text to an image you are uploading using the Facebook mobile app, first, open the app on your smartphone, compose a new Facebook post, then select a photo from your device to upload. In the post preview, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner of the image. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to edit a photo

Next, a menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. Here, tap the Edit Alt Text option. See the below image:

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Selecting Edit Alt Text option

Now, you will be on the Change Alt Text screen. In the text box below your image, enter the text that accurately describes the image you are posting. Then, tap Done. See the following image:

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Entering Alt Text and saving your change

The alt text is now added to the photo. Refer to the below image for our final image:

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Your final image

Keep in mind that this alt text description can only be read if someone is using a Screen Reader to access Facebook; it will not be visible on the image.

Use the Desktop App

You can also add alt text to your images on Facebook from your computer. First, launch Facebook from any browser of your choice and then begin creating a new post with an image. Next, in the post preview, click Edit in the top left-hand corner of the image. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting to edit a photo

Now, the Photo Detail window will appear. Here, click Alternative text at the bottom of the menu in the left-hand pane. See the below image:

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Selecting Alternative Text option

Next, the Alternative text menu will expand. Click the bubble next to the Custom Alt Text option to select it, and then enter the alt text for your image in the text box. See the following image:

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Entering your custom Alternative text

Now, click the blue Save button at the bottom of the window. Refer to the below image:

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Saving your change

The alt text is now added to the photo. Refer to the below image for our final image:

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Your final image

Keep in mind that this alt text description can only be read if someone is using a Screen Reader to access Facebook; it will not be visible on the image.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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