How to Stop Facebook from Tagging You in a Photo or Post

by Wendy Chamberlain on June 9, 2013

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Facebook remains to be among the top photo sharing sites. Each day, millions of photos are posted by users from the different parts of the world.

It’s also fairly easy for Facebook users to tag friends in their photos. Unfortunately, you may not wish to be constantly tagged in photos.

Not to worry because there are ways to stop people from tagging you. The steps previously outlined in our older post are now out of date, due to updates by Facebook. Read on to discover how to untag yourself now.

How to Untag yourself from a Facebook Photo

To immediately remove the tag, first click the photo you’re tagged in. Look for the Options at the bottom of the image and click Remove tag.

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You will then be shown two options with a box beside each – I want to untag myself or I want this photo removed from Facebook.

For just removing the tag, click the “I want to untag myself or remove this tag” option, then continue.

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Next, click the option Remove tag created by the person (name provided) who tagged you in the photo and hit the continue button.

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You will then be untagged from the photo.

Untag from Account Settings to avoid being tagged in a Facebook photo

Another way to avoid being tagged in photos is to do it via your account settings.

On the top right hand corner of your Timeline, click the cog symbol and go to Account Settings.

On the next page on the left column, click Timeline and Tagging.

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Once you’re on the Timeline and Tagging Settings page, check the topmost section that says “Who can add things to my timeline?” and click Edit on the rightmost part of the section that says Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?

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On the section that opens, click the down arrow on the button that says Disabled and choose Enable.

This way, every photo or post you’re tagged in will have to be reviewed and approved by you first before they appear on your Timeline.

On the bottom portion that says “How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?” click Edit to the right of the line that says Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook.

Then choose to Enable it if it’s disabled. Any post or photo you’re tagged in will need your approval first before it appears on your Timeline.

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Then you’re done. You’ll now have control over people tagging you in photos and know how to remove tags on photos you do not wish to be identified in.

Do you like people to tag you in photos? Leave a comment below.

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Sherry Miller December 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Wendy, I was tagged in a photo that I liked, yet I was not the one who tagged it, even though it said Tagged by Sherry Miller. How is this possible? Also the tag identified the person who posted the pictlure/post. Could this person have tagged me in his picture using my name? If so, it made it look like I tagged this person’s photo and I know for a fact that I did not. This has happened twice. This picture was not in my timeline profile pictures but it is in the person in the picture profile. Please help me to understand this part of Facebook.

Wendy Chamberlain December 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi Sherry,

It may be that the owner of the photo you liked decided to tag you and yes, using your name. Facebook today normally makes it appear that you’re also the owner of the photo as it would say “this person tagged a photo of you” or “added a photo with you” when you are tagged in their photo.

Anyway, you can always remove your name from the photo by untagging yourself. To untag, click on the photo and below it, click Options. From the menu that appears next, click the Report/Remove tag option. A new box will then appear and from the two options provided, click the box that says I want to untag myself and proceed to click the blue Remove tag button below it.

Hope this helps you understand Facebook better. Happy holidays!


Abbie February 22, 2014 at 12:26 am


I have a relative that continues to tag herself in photo posts of my son even though she is not part of the picture and she is not a “friend” of mine on facebook but she is friends with my other friends. Do you know how to remove this tag? I don’t want to delete the whole post, but I don’t see an option to remove a tag someone else has placed.

thank you,

Wendy Chamberlain February 22, 2014 at 8:26 am

Hi Abbie,

You would be able to follow the steps above to remove her name as a tag on the photo.


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