How to limit or disable Twitter's new photo tagging feature

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 28, 2014
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Internet, Twitter

Twitter announced its new photo tagging feature the other day. It adds an option to Twitter to tag photos on the site. You can tag photos with the names of up to ten people (Twitter users) which does not count against the 140 character limit on the site.

Tagged Twitter users are by default notified that they have been tagged which Twitter hopes will bring people more closely together.

Tags are similar to mentions. The core difference is that tags are linked to photos, while mentions can be added to any kind of tweet including those without photos.

That's not the only change though. It is now possible to share up to four photos in a single tweet. If you do, they are displayed in a collage and users can tap on them to display them in full.

This feature is currently being rolled out to users of Twitter's iOS application, and will be available soon on Android and on the service's website as well.

Tagging photos is a feature that will likely be appreciated by a large part of the Twitter community.

You may be concerned however that the feature is abused, like it is abused on Facebook where you may be tagged in photos that you are not on to get you to look at the photo.

Managing Twitter's photo tagging feature

twitter photo tagging privacy

You have two options when it comes to Twitter's photo tagging feature. The first restricts the tagging to people that you follow, the second disables the feature completely.

Here is what you need to do to modify it on Twitter:

  1. Load Twitter's Security and privacy page directly using this link or open the website manually, sign in to your account, click on the options icon at the top, select settings, and there the Security and privacy sidebar link.
  2. Locate Photo tagging under privacy. The default value is to allow anyone to tag you in photos.
  3. Switch that to "only allow people I follow to tag me in photos" or "do not allow anyone to tag me in photos" instead depending on what you prefer.
  4. Scroll down and click on the save changes button to save the new value.
  5. Enter your account password to make the change.

If you use the Android app, you can make the modification using it as well. If you have made the change on the website already, then it is also the new preference for your mobile devices.

twitter android tags

To make the change on Android, do the following:

    • Open the Twitter application on your Android phone.
    • Tap on the options icon in the top right corner and select Settings.
    • Tap on your Twitter username.

Locate Who can tag me in photos under Other and remove the checkmark.

Why you may want to disable photo tagging on Twitter

There are several reasons why you may want to limit or disable the photo tagging on Twitter. First, there is the chance that this is getting abused. Depending on how popular you are or how much others want to attract your attention, you may get quite a few notifications about new photos you were tagged in.

Another reason is that you do not want to be tagged. Maybe you dislike the idea that others can identify you on photos on Twitter or the Internet.

Additional information about Twitter's new photo tagging functionality are available on this support page on Twitter.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

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    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

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  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

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  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

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    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

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    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
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    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
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  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

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    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

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  9. sean conner said on September 27, 2023 at 6:21 am

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