How to Remove a Tag on a Photo on Facebook

by Wendy Chamberlain on April 2, 2012

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Sharing photos remains as one of the most popular features for users on Facebook.

In fact, Facebook places more emphasis on photos that are shared, ranking these higher in the newsfeed than posts by users without images.

Apart from uploading them on your wall and albums, another way to share a great photo with friends is by tagging them.

When you a tag a person in a photo, it immediately shows up on his or her wall.

Some people may be happy with this, but there are others, for various reasons, who do not wish to be tagged.

This should not present a problem, however, as Facebook provides its users with the option to untag themselves from a picture.

Previously in the old profile, the option to remove the tag was easy to find as it sat right beside the name of the person, below the photo.

Our previous article stepped you through the process of how to remove a tag on Facebook, based on the old Facebook Profile layout.

With the introduction of Timeline, however, the process of untagging yourself from a photo has changed.

UnTagging photos has changed again

Please read our most recent blog post here for the lastest steps.

How to Remove a Tag on a Facebook Photo

On the Timeline now, the steps are fairly simple if you want to remove a tag from a photo.

First, click on the photo where you have been tagged.

How to Remove a Facebook Tag from a Photo

Click to Enlarge Image

When the large photo shows up, hover your mouse below the picture to display the four options available – tag photo, options, share and like.


Click to enlarge image

To untag, click Options and a small box will appear with a list of actions that you can choose from.

How to Remove a Facebook Tag from a Photo

Click to Enlarge Image

Choose the Remove Tag option to untag yourself.

Your name will no longer be tagged against that photo.

So there you go.

Now you can control how your image is used online with Facebook photos.

What are your thoughts when people tag you in a photo?  Do you think it makes good business sense?

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shirley April 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Hi Wendy,
As always, Great information here. I was wondering how to remove the tags. Awesome, now I know. Thank you so much. Really appreciated. Warmest Regards Shirley

Wendy Chamberlain April 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Thanks Shirley!

Yes, Facebook do tend to move stuff around don’t they? 🙂


Jyothis Thaliath September 26, 2012 at 12:47 am

Hi Wendy,
This allways drove me crazy! I get so many people tagging me when I don’t know them and the I find I’m tagged to a random photo. I looked for a way to stop this but couldn’t work this out. However, after reading this post I now know what to do to save my sanity. Thanks a lot!
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Wendy Chamberlain September 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

Hi Jyothis,

Happy to help. Glad you were able to work it out.


Debbie Leight March 14, 2013 at 6:56 am

Hi Wendy!
Is there a way to stop people from being able to tag you in the first place? I’m struggling through Facebook’s new privacy settings. Your previous article showed a way to stop this.

Kristjan April 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

There’s no remove tag option any more…

Wendy Chamberlain April 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hi Kristjan,

To prevent people from tagging you, there’s a way to do it in the Privacy Settings. Here are the steps:

Click wheel icon on the top right corner of FB page
Go to Privacy Settings
Click Timeline and Tagging on left column
Go to How Can I Manage Tags people add and Tagging suggestions?
Click Edit on right and click down arrow in the button below that says Disabled and choose Enabled

This will notify you every time you’re tagged in a post or photo and unless you approve it, you will not be tagged and the photo or post will not show on your wall.

To remove a tag from a photo you’re tagged in:

Click photo to enlarge
Click options below the photo
Go to Report/Remove Tag
Click the box that says I want to untag myself
Click Continue to remove the tag

I hope this helps.

Wendy Chamberlain June 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

We’ve also created a new blog post that steps you through the latest way to untag a photo on Facebook.

You can read that here:


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