How does automatic alt text work on Facebook?

Automatic alternative (alt) text uses object recognition technology to create a description of a photo for the blind and vision-loss community. Learn how to edit the alt text for photo.
To hear the automatic alt text for a photo, open Facebook with a screen reader and focus on the image. If objects are identified, you may hear a list of items the photo may contain or a description written by the person who uploaded the photo. If you think the alt text of a photo violates our Community Standards, you can report the photo.
Languages automatic alt text supports
Automatic alt text is supported in the following languages:
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kannada
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Hear alt text before uploading
If you're using the Facebook app for Android, you can use automatic alt text to hear a description of photos before you upload them. Open Facebook using TalkBack and long press (double tap and hold) on the photo in your camera roll.
Automatic alt text on
If you're using Facebook on, you'll need to switch data usage to More to use automatic alt text:
  1. Tap Settings and Privacy at the bottom of the page.
  2. Tap Personal Information.
  3. Tap Edit next to Data Usage.
  4. Tap More.
  5. Tap Save.
If you have any problems with automatic alt text, use this form to let us know.
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