Alt text on Instagram: What it is and how to use it

20 April 2021

Have you heard of alt text on Instagram?

The alternative text of Instagram or alt tag is a resource that Instagram offers to make posts more accessible to all users.

It helps people with visual impairments to understand the content of your post. In this alt tag, you write a text that describes the content of the photos.

alt text on Instagram

For example, the descriptive text of the above image that we shared on Instagram from Metricool could be: “You will learn how to archive an Instagram post in this post.”

If you don’t add this alt text, Instagram will do it automatically. Ideally, you create it by adding key aspects to your publication.

Thanks to this resource, you will improve the communication with visually impaired users, who will have greater ease interacting with your profile.

How to read the alt text on Instagram?

Only people who have a screen reader to access Instagram will be able to read this alternative text.

Now that you are clear about why you should use alt text on Instagram, we will explain how to add it in a new post and how to do it in a post that has already been published.

Alternative text on Instagram, how to add an alt tag

To add alt text on Instagram, you can do it before uploading a new post or once it has already been published.

This means that you can edit the alt tag later easily if you ever forget to add it.

Add alt text on Instagram in a new post

Follow these steps to include alternative text when you share a new post on Instagram.

1 Upload a new photo

Click upload new photo within Instagram. The usual steps: open the app or tap on your media gallery to share the image on Instagram.

2 Edit your post

Complete all steps before publishing: edit, filter, text, etc.

3 Go to advanced settings

Once you have edited your post, tap on ‘Next’, and you will find the Advanced Settings at the bottom of the screen.

4 Choose your alt text

Finally, click on ‘Write Alt Text’ and describe what users will find in your post. 

alt text on Instagram

Once you write alt text on Instagram, the post is ready to publish. 

Add alt tag to an already published post

Do you want to add an alt text on Instagram to your current posts? You don’t need to delete them to upload them again. You can edit the text in edit mode.

Let’s see how to do it:

1 Edit the post

Enter the photo where you want to add the text and click on ‘Edit’. The app will take you directly to edit the standard text of the post.

2 Edit the alt text

Scroll up and tap on ‘Edit alt text’, a button that you will find at the published image or video’s bottom right.

3 Write descriptive text

Write the descriptive text you want to add and click ‘Done’.

Any post that you have already published in your feed will have alternative text for people with visual impairments.

alt text on Instagram

Do you want to know more about Instagram?

You can now add your alt text on Instagram in your new and old publications. 

If you have any questions, we will read your comments.

Carlos Bravo Carlos Bravo , 20 April 2021

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