How to turn off Facebook’s photo recognition software

Facebook has a feature that uses facial recognition software to “help” your Facebook friends tag you in their photos. If you have this option enabled, any time one of your friends uploads a photo, Facebook will “suggest” you as a match based on the recommendations of the software.

It is important to note that your photo will only appear as a suggestion to your friends only. Facebook will not recommend you as a match to someone not on your friends list. Some people may still find this a little unnerving and may not want to be recommended or tagged in photos at all. Sadly, you don’t have a choice in the matter of photo tagging. Facebook allows your friends to tag you in photos, and there is no way to disable this. You must manually un-tag yourself in any unflattering photos. You can also setup profile review, so anything you are tagged in has to be approved by you before appearing on your Timeline.

Thankfully, you do have a choice in whether you want to have the facial recognition feature enabled or disabled. Not surprisingly, it is enabled by default. If you want to opt-out of this feature, then follow the steps below:

You need to access your ’Privacy Settings‘ located in the top right corner of your Facebook page.

Now scroll down to  ’Timeline and Tagging‘ and click the ‘Edit‘ link shown below.


Set the ‘Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?” to No One.

This feature still may not be available for all users, but now would be a great time to check – especially if you do not want this enabled on your Facebook account.

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*Editor’s Note: This blog post was updated on September 10, 2013 with more current information and screenshots.

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