By Alexandra Burlacu | May 04, 2013 08:14 AM EDT
A new Instagram update adds one of Facebook's most popular features — photo tagging — to its Android and iOS apps, allowing users to tag others in their photos.
Users cannot tag people in photos, as well as browse feeds of photos they and others star in. Until this update, the only way to find out whether someone uploaded a photo of you was to comb through your activity feed in case someone mentioned your username in a photo caption. Similarly, if someone uploaded a photo of you, Instagram had no easy way to share that photo with your own friends and followers. Many resorted to sharing screenshots of a friend's photo, but that was not the most desirable solution. The new photo-tagging feature aims to eliminate such drawbacks and make things easier.
On the other hand, what if someone doesn't want to be tagged in friends' photos? It's a well-known fact that the photos one chooses to upload can be hugely different from the photos another chooses to tag them in, and there are some hilarious examples of this case out there. In this case, users need to know how to hide or remove photos from their profile.
When someone tags you in a photo, Instagram will send you a notification and place the picture in question in the "Photos of You" tab on your profile page, just like Facebook does. Tapping the photo will pop up your Instagram handle, which you can tap to reach a pop-up settings window. From there, simply select "Hide from MY Profile" and you're good to go. That photo will no longer be visible on your profile.
If simply hiding that picture is not enough and you must eliminate all evidence of said event, tap the "More Options" button and select "Remove Me from Photo." While this will not actually remove you entirely from that photo, it will remove the tag. If the photo is too embarrassing and the person who uploaded it refuses to take it down, you can always flag it as inappropriate.
To avoid such measures, however, one can take steps from the start to prevent this from happening. Instead of going through each photo to hide or remove a tag, setting things up from the start might make things a whole lot easier. Just make sure your approval is required before something appears on your profile. To do so, go to the "Photos of You" tab and select the settings icon on the top right corner, then choose the "Add Manually" option. This will automatically hide any Instagram photo you are tagged in until you decide to approve it.
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