Get image descriptions on Chrome

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 can't describe an image, the screen reader says '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 image descriptions on in Chrome settings or in a page that you're already on.

Turn on image descriptions from Google on a page

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

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome app Chrome.
  2. At the top right, select More Organise.
  3. On the menu, select Get image descriptions.
    • If image descriptions are already turned on, the menu says Stop image descriptions.
  4. 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: Select Just once and then Get descriptions.
    • For all pages: Select Always and then Get descriptions.

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

To pause image descriptions when you aren't connected to Wi-Fi, turn on Only on Wi-Fi.

If you're signed in and syncing to Chrome, you get 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 on a page.

  1. On your Android device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. Next to the address bar, select More More and then Settings.
  3. Select Accessibility and then Image descriptions.
  4. Turn Get image descriptions on or off.
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