Get image descriptions on Chrome

When you use a screen reader in Chrome, you can get descriptions of unlabeled images, for example, images that don’t have alt text.  

Images are sent to Google to create the descriptions. If Google cannot describe an image, the screen reader will say “No description available.” 

Note: Image descriptions are only in English, even if your browser is in a different language. 

Turn Image Descriptions on or off

You can turn image descriptions on in Chrome Settings or in the context menu.

Turn on image descriptions from Google in the context menu

You can turn on image descriptions for all pages or for just one specific page.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome browser.
  2. Open the context menu.
    • Windows: Shift+F10.
    • Mac: VoiceOver+Shift+ m or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + m.
    • Chrome OS: Search+m.
  3. Use the up or down arrow keys to select "Get Image Descriptions from Google"
  4. Use the right or left arrow to open the image description menu.
  5. When you turn image descriptions on or off, you may be asked to agree to image descriptions from Google. Turn image descriptions on or off:
    • For one page: Press space to select Just once.
    • For all pages: Press space to select Always

If you had image descriptions allowed for only one page, leave or refresh the page to turn it off. 

If you turn on image descriptions for all pages, there will be a check mark next to the option “Get image descriptions from Google” in the context menu.

If you are signed-in and syncing to Chrome, you’ll have image descriptions on all signed-in and synced devices.

Turn on image descriptions in Chrome settings

You can also turn image descriptions for all pages on and off in Chrome settings. Image descriptions for all pages work the same way if they are turned on in settings or the context menu.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Next to the address bar, select More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the Settings page, click Advanced.
  4. Under “Accessibility,” turn “Get image descriptions from Google” on or off.

You’ll see a checkmark next to “Get image descriptions from Google” if you have the feature on.

Image descriptions are only available to screen reader users through spoken feedback or braille, and do not visually appear on the screen. The image descriptions may not be fully accurate.

If you have feedback, please reach out to our Google Accessibility support team.  

Images are sent to Google servers to provide the description but are not saved by Google. Web pages are never modified by Google when Google describes an image. For your privacy, this feature is designed so a site, your screen reader, and your operating system do not know this feature is being used. To learn more, review our privacy policy

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