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Can You Stop Facebook Friends From Tagging Your Photos on Facebook?

Updated on August 27, 2013
Can You Stop Facebook Friends From Tagging Your Photos on Facebook?
Can You Stop Facebook Friends From Tagging Your Photos on Facebook?

Have you ever upload photos to Facebook, only to have friends come along and tag people in them? Or find that you yourself have been tagged in an image that you know nothing about?

Facebook does not give you the ability to restrict the photos your friends or family upload, however it does give you the tools to allow you to limit how you can be tagged in photos, videos and on other activities. Using 'tag review' you can opt to be notified and then manually review anything that you have been tagged in before it appears on your timeline. Facebook also gives you the ability to un-tag yourself or others from photos too.

Did You Know

Even when you remove a tag from a photo or video, that tag will no longer appear however that post may still be visible to others in their news feed.

How To Prevent People Tagging You In A Photo

Tagging is a commonly used Facebook function and no doubt you have been tagged in a number of photos overtime. However when your friends or family start to tag you too many times or even worse still, in unrelated things it can start to become rather annoying.

You can manually remove yourself from photos by:

  • Placing your mouse over the photo or video
  • Select the Report/Remove Tag from the available drop down menu
  • Remove your name

If you want to remove tags from multiple photos at once:

  • Go to your activity log
  • Select Photos from the left-hand column
  • Choose the photos that you want to remove the tag from
  • Select the report/remove tag option from the top of the page
  • Click Untag Photos to confirm the removal

Tag Review Settings

The good news is that Facebook has an option for you called tag review. It allows you to approve, or decline tags that people add to your posts.

When it is enabled, anytime someone attempts to tag a photo, video or post, that tag won't appear until you approve it.

Let's walk through those steps!

Did You Know

If you choose to approve a tag, remember that the person tagged and any of their friends (based on their own privacy settings) may also be able to see the post or image.

Facebook Timeline and Tagging Settings

The first thing you can do is to ensure that your tagging settings are as rigid as possible and turn on tag review.

Navigate to your account settings in the top right hand corner of any Facebook page.

Then select 'Timeline and Tagging' which is a menu option in the left hand column.

You will see a section called How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?

  • Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook?

- When this feature is enabled, if anyone tags you in a photo, it remains in 'pending status' until you approve it.

  • When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it?

- Set this to friends, or only me. This area restricts who can see any images that you are tagged in.

  • Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?

- This is an interesting feature of Facebook. When a photo is uploaded to Facebook that 'looks like you' Facebook automatically suggests adding a tag of you. This apparently helps save time when adding tags to photos.

- Suggestions can always be ignored and no one will be tagged automatically. If you want to many sure that you are never suggested as a tag, select 'no one'.

Facebook Timeline and Tagging Settings

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Facebook Account Settings: Timeline and Tagging How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook.When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it?Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?
Facebook Account Settings: Timeline and Tagging How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?
Facebook Account Settings: Timeline and Tagging How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?
Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook.
Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook.
When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it?
When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it?
Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?
Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?

How To Stop People Tagging Themselves In Your Photos

Unfortunately there is no quick fix for this however there is a way to remove tags.

If your friends or family tag themselves or others in one of your photos, you will need to un-tag them. The good thing though is that once a person has been untagged from a photo, they cannot be tagged in the same photo again.

What do I mean?

Let’s say I upload a photo to Facebook of my cat. You are my friend and you can see this photo appear in your news feed. You decide to tag yourself in it but I wish you hadn’t. To remove your name, I need to click onto the photo in my Facebook album to see the full size of it. At the bottom of the photo I will be able to see your name as being tagged in the photo. I select Edit and then delete your name.

Now, if this is happening over and over, you will need to repeatedly undertake this task.

There is no way to stop people from tagging themselves. If this is a touchy subject and you are not sure of a way to tell your friends and family that you don’t appreciate them tagging themselves in your photo, why not just blame it on a Facebook glitch. We all know how often there are updates and changes to the social networking platform. “On it must be Facebook playing up again…”

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Press Edit On The Top Right Hand SideNames Of Those Tagged Will Show And You Can Then Delete Them
Press Edit On The Top Right Hand Side
Press Edit On The Top Right Hand Side
Names Of Those Tagged Will Show And You Can Then Delete Them
Names Of Those Tagged Will Show And You Can Then Delete Them

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