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Facebook: How to Remove Tag (Untag) from Photo

Samyak Lalit | April 6, 2012 (Last update: September 23, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

A large number of my Facebook friends complain about unwanted tagging. They keep on asking how to easily untag from photos and posts. Untagging from Facebook photos is a too irritatingly long process. Mark Zuckerberg has made this process a bit easier but still untagging is a nightmare. Sometime I even feel like deactivating my Facebook account just because of this tagging thing. Let’s learn how to untag (untangle is more apt word in my view!) yourself.

Untag From Facebook Photos

Facebook allows people to upload photos and tag their friends in those photos. Tagging and all ensuing comments appear in your notifications if you happen to be one of the tagged friends. For me, and a large number of people would agree with me, this feature is a million more times nuisance than it is useful. Although the fundamental idea is simple and useful. I guess, the feature of photo-tagging was created so as to make people tag their friends who appear in a photo. But nowadays, people tag you virtually with anything and everything; be it a photo of best wishes card or flowers, chocolates, clothes, shoes, watches, newspaper cuttings, garbage, landscapes, poetic verses, quotations, furniture, baby faces and what not. The trouble does not end here. It actually becomes worse when tagged people begin to comment like “wow!”, “nice!”, “LOL”, “hahahaha”… and you get a notification for each such comment.

Facebook is infamous for keep altering their user interface. Every now and then they keep moving various options around which results in confused users. Sometimes it becomes difficult to find the options when they are moved from their usual places. Nowadays the same confusion is around with respect to untagging photos. To untag yourself from a photo, follow these steps:

  • Click on the photo in which you are tagged
  • Locate “Options” on the bottom left side of the photo
  • Click Options
  • Select “Remove/Report Tag”
  • That’s it!

Remove Tag from a Photo on Facebook

Untag From Facebook Posts

It is apparent that Facebook does not want you to untag yourself. That is why they hide the option of untagging. A user who is not savvy would find it difficult to untag herself! Nevertheless, it is possible to untag yourself from FB posts.

You can either click on Stop Notifications to stop receiving a notification whenever someone comments on the post you’re tagged in.

To completely remove tag, look for a downward arrow in top right corner of the post. Clicking on this arrow will bring you the option of removing tag.

Personally, I have been an avid “untagger” –I untag myself from all irrelevant photos immediately. This saves me from hundreds of notifications that come when comments are made. Although one can take an easier route of “Unfollow post” but I prefer total untagging.

I sincerely wish that Mark Zuckerberg would realize the plight of people and would make untagging one-click AJAX-supported process.

I hope it was useful for you. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. Thank you for using TechWelkin!


6 responses to “Facebook: How to Remove Tag (Untag) from Photo”

  1. Lisa says:

    The option was removed for me two weeks ago. My timeline is full of spammy posts from event hosts. I don’t want to turn on timeline review but I cannot delete anything now someone else posts or tags me in!!!

  2. Jody says:

    This does not work for tags on a public post, like a news page. The drop-down options are only hide and embed. I seriously want to untag!!

  3. Sharla Ensor says:

    I had a very unpleasant hostile encounter through a friend of a friend. He started stalking and trolling my FB, and he posted my name (tagged) on at least two of his posts – he does not know me, he is extremely hostile, he assumes who I support politically, I want my name off his posts. His name is Richard and our mutual friend was Barry. Barry much more reasonable than Richard, who is just out of his mind. I blocked them both. Will that allow them to look at my timeline or continue to put my name on their posts? I want nothing at all to do with Richard. He creeps me out. Keep trolls away from me please. Thanks, Sharla Ensor

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Calm down Sharla. If you have blocked a person on Facebook, they will not be able to see your timeline and also they will not be able to tag you in any post. You and them are virtually non-existent for each other.

    • ALOYSIUS says:

      True.. zucker should review his app… i justs posted yesterday and then someone happenes to add tags to my post. i aud not turnwd on the review option buh now i i want to remove his tags and google is just frustrating me with useless data

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