How to Turn Off the Facebook Facial Recognition Feature on iPhone

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Facebook recently announced a new facial recognition feature that informs account holders when their image appears in other people's photos and videos, then allows them to tag themselves. In addition, the feature warns Facebook users when their picture is used to open another account. While some Facebook users find the facial recognition feature innocuous, or even helpful, others prefer to steer clear of what they perceive as an invasion of privacy. For those of you who would like to turn off facial recognition on Facebook, read on to learn how to do so on your iPhone.  

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How to Turn Off the Facebook Facial Recognition Feature on iPhone

This tip works with the Facebook app, not when you're logged into facebook.com.

  • Open the Facebook app.
  • Click the menu icon in the lower-right corner of your profile page.

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  • Scroll down and tap on Settings & Privacy.
  • Now tap on Account Settings.

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  • Tap on Face Recognition.
  • Tap on the arrow under Face Recognition.

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  • Tap No.

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That's it! 

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