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Turn off photo tags on Twitter

Twitter is now letting other users tag you in photos. Want to turn this off or only allow people you follow to tag you? Follow these steps.


The rollout of photo tagging on Twitter means more opportunities for people to connect, according to Twitter's blog post detailing the new feature. Four photos can be shared at a time, and up to 10 users can be tagged, per photo. But what if you don't want people to tag you?

By default, anyone can tag you in a photo they upload to Twitter. This means that if a spammer wants to target you, they could add your name to their advertisement. Or worse, someone you know but aren't friends with might include a tag for you in their own photo collection. Whatever the case, it might be time to check out the photo-tagging permissions.


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Head to your Twitter account and click the cog icon in the top right-hand corner, then choose Settings.

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On the left-hand side, click on Security and Privacy. You will see the setting appear to the right. Directly under the Privacy heading, you'll see the choices for photo tagging.

You can allow only friends to tag you, or disable photo tagging completely.


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If you're using Twitter on your smartphone, open the Settings menu in the app.

  • Android: Tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner.
  • iOS: Head to your profile and then tap the Settings cog icon.
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Select your account and then look for the photo-tagging option

  • Android: "Who can tag me in photos?"
  • iOS: "Photo tagging"

What do you think of Twitter's new tagging feature? Share your thoughts in the comments.