When you use a screen reader in Chrome, you can get descriptions of unlabelled 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'.
Important: Image descriptions are available in English, French, German, Hindi, Italian and Spanish.
Turn image descriptions on or off
You can turn on image descriptions 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.
- On your computer, open Chrome browser.
- Open the context menu.
- Windows: Shift+F10.
- Mac: VoiceOver+Shift+ m or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + m.
- Chrome OS: Search + m. Or Launcher + m.
- Use the up or down arrow keys to select 'Get image descriptions from Google'
- Use the right or left arrow to open the image description menu.
- 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 tick 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.
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- Next to the address bar, select More Settings.
- At the bottom of the Settings page, click Advanced.
- Under 'Accessibility', turn 'Get image descriptions from Google' on or off.
You’ll see a tick 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 contact our Google Accessibility support team.