How to Tag Someone on an Instagram Photo without Sending a Message

Tagging someone on Instagram is pretty straight-forward. If you’re viewing a photo you really like that you want to share with a friend, you can simply tag them in the comments. But I noticed awhile back that when I tagged a friend in a post, it automatically sent them a direct message with the photo instead of simply tagging them within comments. I found this annoying as I often forget about direct messages on Instagram. But I figured out there is a way around this. Here’s how to tag someone on an Instagram photo without sending them a direct message.

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How to Tag Someone on an Instagram Photo without Sending a Message

You may have noticed this feature when attempting to tag someone in an Instagram post. I don’t mean your own photos—the tagging process is the same as it’s always been for that—but the photos other Instagram users take. 

Do you see the small box that says Sending as a message? Well if you don’t want to send the friend you are tagging the image in a direct message:

  • In the comments of the photo, type their Instagram handle with the “@” symbol in front.

  • Once you’ve selected your friend, tap the triangular send button.

  • The box that says Sending as a message will disappear.

  • Tap Post to post your comment with the tag.

 

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.