Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Using Facebook with Screen Readers and Assistive Technology

Facebook is committed to creating a great experience for all people. Learn about the built-in features and technologies that help people with disabilities get the most out of Facebook.

For more information, visit our Accessibility Facebook Page and follow @fbaccess on Twitter.

Accessibility Basics

When you're on a desktop computer, we recommend you go to www.facebook.com using a desktop assistive technology client like VoiceOver, JAWS or NVDA.

When you're on a mobile device, we recommend you either go to m.facebook.com from your mobile browser, or that you use the app built for your operating system, like Facebook for iPhone.

We don't recommend visiting the mobile site (m.facebook.com) when you're using a desktop computer.
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Facebook provides an audio captcha alternative to the written captcha so people who use screen readers can register with the site. Click the link an audio captcha to switch the interface and listen to the security check. If you have any problems with the audio captcha, click here to let us know.
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Profile and Timeline Accessibility

Your profile is a collection of the photos, stories and experiences that tell your story. Your profile also includes your Timeline, the space on your profile where you can see your own posts, posts from friends and stories you're tagged in organized by the date they were posted. You can use the accesskey shortcut 2 to load your profile.

Profiles have headings that people can navigate using screen readers:
  • Home is an h1 heading. This will take you to your News Feed.
  • Your name is an h2 heading. The information in your About section comes after this, followed by your posts.
  • Friend requests, messages and notifications are h3 headings. These headings appear when you click one of the icons.
  • The chat sidebar is an h4 heading.
  • Posts on your Timeline have h5 headings.
  • Ads have h6 headings.
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ARIA document landmarks are used to represent important parts of Timeline. Besides the main, banner, search and content info landmarks, different navigational landmarks are marked on Timeline with appropriate labels. Stories on your Timeline are marked as complementary landmarks to enable easy navigation with screen readers.

You can send someone a message and add or remove them as a friend from the menu options in the main landmark region on a Timeline.

If you're navigating with a screen reader using headings, you'll likely hear similar headings repeated because of what is shown visually on the screen. If you continue reading below the heading, you should hear the updates from different posts.

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News Feed Accessibility

News feed is a constantly updating list of stories from people and Pages that you follow on Facebook.

Your News Feed has headings that you can navigate with screen readers:
  • Home is an h1 heading.
  • News Feed is an h2 heading. This heading marks the beginning of the stories in your feed.
  • Requests, Messages and Notification menus at the top of the page have h3 headings that appear after you activate the menus.
  • The chat sidebar and the subheadings for favorites, groups, friends, apps, etc. are h4 headings.
  • Individual stories in News Feed have h5 headings.
  • Ads have h6 headings.
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ARIA document landmarks are used to represent major parts of News Feed. Besides the main, banner, search and content info landmarks, other navigational landmarks have appropriate labels. For example, the bookmarks menu in the left column is marked as a navigational landmark with an appropriate heading.

You can change your account settings, privacy settings and go to our Help Center from menu options in the banner landmark region.

Check your messages, friend requests and notifications by using the buttons in the banner landmark region on any page.

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  • j and k - Scroll between News Feed stories
  • p - Post a new status
  • l - Like or unlike the selected story
  • c - Comment on the selected story
  • s - Share the selected story
  • o - Open attachment of the selected story
  • / - Search
  • q - Search chat contacts
  • ? - Open the list of keyboard shortcuts while in News Feed
Learn more about using Facebook with keyboard shortcuts.
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iOS Apps Accessibility

Go to the story you want to like, comment on, or share. Tap twice with two fingers and select an option from the menu.
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Draw the letter "Z" with two fingers to dismiss a pop-up menu while using VoiceOver with Facebook on your iPhone or iPad.
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Privacy and Account Settings Accessibility

Edit your privacy and account settings from the banner landmark at the top of every page. From there, you'll find the Account Settings menu in the navigation landmark region. The navigaton area has a heading labeled Settings.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut 6 for account settings and 7 for privacy settings.

More Help with Accessibility

If you're experiencing a problem with using assistive software or hardware on Facebook, click here to submit a report. Please include as much information as possible to help us understand the problem.

If you're experiencing other issues that are not related to assistive technology, click here.

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To adjust how big or small Facebook looks on your screen:
  • Hold down Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) and press minus (-) to zoom out
  • Hold down Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) and press plus (+) to zoom in
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Yes. Facebook has shortcuts (access keys) for people who only use their keyboards to navigate. If you experience an issue using keyboard shortcuts, please let us know. Keep in mind that keyboard shortcuts can differ by browser (ex: Firefox, Internet Explorer).

Use the combination of keys for your browser, and replace # with the access key number listed below.

  • Internet Explorer for PC: Alt + #, then Enter
  • Firefox for PC: Shift + Alt + #
  • Safari for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Firefox for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Chrome for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Chrome for PC: Alt + #

Access Keys

  • 0 - Help
  • 1 - Home
  • 2 - Timeline
  • 3 - Friends
  • 4 - Inbox
  • 5 – Notifications
  • 6 – Settings
  • 7 - Activity Log
  • 8 - About
  • 9 - Terms

Keyboard Shortcuts

News Feed

  • j and k - Scroll between News Feed stories
  • p - Post a new status
  • l - Like or unlike the selected story
  • c - Comment on the selected story
  • s - Share the selected story
  • o - Open attachment of the selected story
  • / - Search
  • q - Search chat contacts
  • ? - Open the list of keyboard shortcuts while in News Feed

Web Messenger:

  • CTRL + g - Search conversations
  • CTRL + q - Show/hide keyboard shortcuts
  • CTRL + Delete - Archive/unarchive conversation
  • CTRL + j - Mark as spam
  • CTRL + m - Start a new message
  • CTRL + i - Go to Inbox
  • CTRL + u - Go to Other
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You can make your photos more accessible by including captions. A photo caption provides a text description for people who view it using assistive technologies.

To add captions to your photos:

  1. Tab to edit input when you're creating a new photo album
  2. You'll hear, "Say something about this photo" if you're using a screen reader
  3. Type your caption and repeat for all photos in the album

If you're not creating a new album, listen for "Say something about this photo" and enter your caption.

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Some of our security checkpoints can be difficult to pass using assistive technology. If you add a mobile number to your Facebook account, you'll have an alternate way to verify your account should you need to pass any of these checkpoints.

You can add a mobile number from your mobile settings. We're working on solving this problem and we're sorry for any inconvenience.

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