Instagram Gains Accessibility Features


Instagram added the ability to add alternative text to to photos. This is a great addition to the platform since it allows for those using screen readers to still enjoy Instagram.

IG has ben on a roll lately with adding features. They also added the ability to share Stories with just close friends and are experimenting with improvements to profile pages.

First, we’re introducing automatic alternative text so you can hear descriptions of photos through your screen reader when you use Feed, Explore and Profile. This feature uses object recognition technology to generate a description of photos for screen readers so you can hear a list of items that photos may contain as you browse the app.

I’ve been adding Alt Text to images for years, mostly for the ability to show those images in search results, but in the last few years the accessibility features have become more prominent. This feels like Instagram coming around on those features. Good job.


Mike Loveday

I started my journalism career in college as an entertainment writer and eventually moved into the Sports Editor position. After graduation I worked as a Stringer for the Wilmington Star-News and covered Track & Field and Lacorsse. After eight months I was hired as a General Assignment Reporter for the Topsail Voice. In 2006, I was hired by Student Sports as a general assignment writer and moved into the role of Editor for Purchased by ESPN in July 2008, Student Sports relaunched as and I was promoted to the Contact Sports Editor in charge of football and lacrosse. In 2009, I took over lacrosse full-time. I am currently the Founder and COO of and the Mid-Atlantic reporter for US Lacrosse and where I manage the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 voting panel and a staff of four freelance journalists.