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How to tag someone on Facebook

Let someone know they're being talked about.
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July 13, 2022

When posting a photo or a story on Facebook, you may want to notify the people in the photo or story that they have been mentioned. The fastest way to notify them is to tag them, which sets off a Facebook notification to that person that they are the topic of conversation. But how do you tag someone on Facebook, and what do you do if someone tags you?

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QUICK ANSWER

To tag someone in a Facebook photo, open the photo full-screen and click the label icon in the top right-hand corner. Click anywhere on the photo and start typing the name of the person you wish to tag in the box that pops up. To tag someone in a text post, click the blue figure icon in the Create post box and type the person's name.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to tag someone in a Facebook post

To tag someone in a Facebook post on both the desktop website and the mobile app, open the Create post box, and click the blue figure icon at the bottom.

facebook new post window

A search box will open up where you can now type the name of the person whom you wish to tag. Results update in real-time as you type, so you will likely find them after typing the first few letters of their name. The SUGGESTIONS box prioritizes your Facebook friends and followers, and those you tag most often.

facebook tag people list

When you have found the person whom you wish to tag, click their name, and it will appear at the top of your post window. If you want to add more than one person, repeat the above process, and the names will appear next to one another.

facebook tag person

How to mention someone in a Facebook post

Another alternative is to mention someone in the body of the text in a Facebook post. This can look and sound more natural when relating a story or mentioning an event.

To mention someone in a post, type @, and the userbox will pop up.

facebook mention

Select the person you wish to mention, and their name will be inserted into the box as a clickable link.

facebook mention 2

How to tag someone in a Facebook photo

To tag someone in a Facebook photo, open the photo in full and click the label icon in the top right-hand corner.

facebook photo tag icon

At the bottom of the photo, you will now see this message. Click anywhere on the photo.

facebook photo tagging 2

A search box will now appear where you can type to find the person you’re looking for. Once you have found them, select them, and their names will appear on the picture when you mouse over it. Click Finished tagging to exit the tagging process.

facebook photo tagging 3

How to approve or reject a Facebook tag

It makes sense to enable your account so you approve or reject each Facebook tag before the post appears on your timeline. Otherwise, if someone tags you in an embarrassing photo in a compromising position, it could cause you considerable embarrassment with your family, friends, and work colleagues.

To enable tag approvals, go here and scroll down to the Tagging and Reviewing sections.

facebook tagging settings

You can decide the privacy settings for tagged posts, as well as specify that you want to review all posts and tags you are in. Until you approve each one, they won’t appear on your Facebook page. They will, however, appear on the Facebook page of the person who tagged you, so you would have to tell them to remove your tag if the photo or post is too embarrassing.

You will be notified by Facebook when there is a post to review. You can then select Add to Profile to approve it, or Hide to reject it.

review facebook tag

Now that you know how to tag others don’t forget to wish your friends a Happy Birthday!


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FAQs

It’s quite possible that the username of their personal profile or business page is not what you think it is. Go to their page and look at the username. Type the username into the tag, and it should come up. However, only a few results are shown in the drop-down menu, so if the name is a common one, it may not appear.

A Facebook user can enable a feature in their account setting to manually approve or reject a tagged photo or post. If they have rejected the tagged photo or post, it will not appear on their page. Even if they have approved the tagged post or photo, privacy settings may prevent it from appearing on their page.

In some cases, you’ll have to add someone as a Facebook friend in order to tag them.