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How to add alt text to images on Twitter

Alt text is a great way to improve accessibility for all users.

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Quick Answer: To add alt text to an image on Twitter, upload the image and look for the Alt Text prompt.

When you post an image on Twitter, you may want to add alt text before you hit tweet.

Why? Because adding a description allows screen readers to explain the image to someone who’s visually impaired.

On top of that, search engines use this information to categorize content and provide more accurate results.

Also, if an image doesn’t load for whatever reason, alt text provides a description of what you’re meant to see.

In truth, adding a bit of descriptive text isn’t a time-consuming task. Let’s discuss how to add alt text to images on Twitter.

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How to add alt text to images on Twitter (mobile)

Here’s how to add alt text to images on the Twitter mobile app (Android and iOS):

  1. Tap the Plus (+) button to create a new tweet and select an image to use
Twitter new post button
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  1. Tap the +Alt button on the image
Twitter alt text prompt
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  1. Enter your alt text and tap Done
Twitter alt text screen
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Once you’ve added the alt text and pressed done, you can publish your tweet as normal. If you are on desktop, we’ll outline that process below.

How to add alt text to Twitter images (desktop)

If you prefer to use Twitter from your computer, you can still add alt text to images. Here’s how:

Click the Media icon on the new tweet menu bar and add an imageTwitter home feed and image button

Click either the Edit button or the image itselfEdit image on twitter

Select the Alt tabAlt description text on twitter image

Enter your alt text in the Description box and click SaveTwitter alt text image

Click the Alt button to check your text and hit Tweet to postTwitter alt text

Great reasons to add alt text to Twitter images

Adding alt text is a great way to assist visually impaired users, search engines, and people with poor internet connections that can’t load pictures.

If you’re a considerate tweeter, you should consider adding alt text to all of your images.

If, however, you prefer to tweet in an inconsiderate manner—and we know there are a lot of you—adding totally inaccurate descriptions to every picture you post is a great way to sow confusion.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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