How to Turn Off Facial Recognition on Facebook (Guide for PC and Android)

Facebook and face recognition feature. Some users hate this feature, some don’t care. 

But we all should care. This is a function that goes against your privacy. 

If you’re not a fan of the concept or you have concerns about privacy, here is a step-by-step guide on how to turn off facial recognition on Facebook on your computer and any Android device.

What Is Face Recognition on Facebook? 

Facebook began using facial recognition in the US in 2010. This is a feature that scans photos and videos you have posted across the service to suggest people you can tag based on who’s in your photo. 


Turn Off Facial Recognition on Facebook on Computer 

Opting-out from this feature on the computer is a relatively easy process. 



STEP 1: Log in to your Facebook account and then click the Account dropdown button in the upper-right corner.

STEP 2: Next, click on Settings and Privacy.

STEP 3: Now, click on Settings from the menu.

STEP 4: In the Settings section, click on Face Recognition on the left sidebar.

STEP 5: This action will open Face Recognition Settings. In this section, click on the Edit button.

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To disable the tag suggest feature on Facebook, you have to go to the settings in your profile (Credit: Nechstar)

STEP 6: Now, select No from the dropdown menu. 

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(Credit: Nechstar)

Done. Close-out of the section. You have successfully disabled this feature. 


Turn Off Face Recognition on Facebook on Android

Turning off the face recognition feature on the Facebook app is almost the same as on your computer. 

STEP 1: Open the Facebook app and tap the three-line icon in the upper-right corner

STEP 2: Swipe down and tap Settings & Privacy then tap Settings.

STEP 3: Under Privacy, find the Face Recognition option and tap on it. 

STEP 4: Next, tap No to turn off the feature.


Can I use Facebook Facial Recognition to find someone’s name?

You can’t. Facebook is using facial recognition only for itself. You cant use it. This is a support for their tag your friends in the photos feature. 

However, you can always use Google and its reverse image search. Just drag and drop an image into the search bar or right-click your mouse on the image and select Search Google For This Image.

If Google finds something, it will give you a source of the photo. 


How to use Facebook face recognition

You can easily turn on face recognition on Facebook by following the detailed guide you read above. The same way you turn it off, you can enable it.

But before enable the feature, you should know few important things. Facebook is using face recognition technology to analyze photos and videos people upload. This is a technology used to recognize you in photos, videos, and places.

While this setting is only available to people who are over 18, we all know how people are lying about the age when they are online.

So, before you enable face recognition on Facebook, think twice about it.




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