The AltText.ai Shopify App automatically generates optimized alt text for your product and store images. The app is Certified Built for Shopify, meaning it does not slow down your store and has been rigorously tested by Shopify to meet their speed and quality standards.
From your Shopify Admin
- Go to Apps, and type
AltText.aiin the search bar at the top of the popup window.
Click the AltText.ai listing, then click the Install button on the app page.
From the Shopify App Store
- Visit the AltText.ai listing on the Shopify App Store, or just search for
AltText.aiin the app store.
- Click on the AltText.ai listing, then click Install to add it to your store.
Link the Shopify app to your AltText.ai account via an API Key.
- Get your API Key by logging into your AltText.ai account, then go to Account: API Keys.
- Copy an existing API Key, or just create a new one to use.
Back in the Shopify app, enter the API Key on the Settings page:
Product Image Alt Text
Our Shopify app runs automatically when you add or update a product in your catalog. It will look for any images that are missing alt text, and generate alt text for those images using your product data. Product images with existing alt text are skipped by default.
Say your store sells snowboards,
and you add a new blue snowboard product called "Genesis", by the vendor "Board Town". Then you add a product image
of a man doing a mid-air jump on the snowboard. The AltText.ai Shopify app will automatically generate alt
text for the image and use your product name and brand, so you might get something like:
A man doing a jump on a blue Board Town Genesis snowboard.
Alt text is always added in the background, so don't worry if you don't see it immediately. You might need to refresh the product detail page in your browser after a few seconds to pick up the changes.
Updating Multiple Images at Once
If you have several products you want to update, you can select them from the Shopify admin Products page. Our app allows you to update alt text on selected products from the Products action menu.
- From the Shopify Admin, go to Products.
- Check the boxes of the products you want to update.
Click the "..." menu, then select Update Alt Text.
Bulk Updating All Images
The app has a Bulk Update tool which lets you update your existing library of either product images or non-product images (e.g. blog, site, theme images). To start a bulk update, follow these steps:
- From your Shopify Admin, click on Apps -> AltText.ai -> Bulk Update
Click the Configure Catalog Update... button.
Optionally enter any keywords you want to use during the update, then choose whether to update your product images or other images (blog and site files). Click Start Update, and the process will begin.
Bulk updates are processed in the background, so it may take a while for your full catalog to be finished (Shopify typically allows only 1-2 updates per second). You will receive an email when the update is done if you chose to be notified of bulk updates in your app settings.
Controlling Alt Text for Product Images
Use the app Settings menu to control which products are processed for alt text, along with other features. You can skip products which are not active and/or published in your online store, as well as control whether existing alt text is overwritten or skipped.