If You Tag Someone on Instagram and Your Account is Private

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If I Tag Someone Who Doesn't Follow Me On Instagram

Instagram allows you to share your favorite photos and videos with your friends by uploading them to your profile. From here, your friends can like and comment, share your post to their story, save it, or send it in the DMs. Instagram also allows you to edit your picture heavily before posting it. For example, you can add filters, crop, change the brightness, add a caption, add a location and tag your friends to mention them.

Tagging means including a person’s or company’s social handle or username in a post or photo. When you tag someone on Instagram, you are effectively “linking” them to your post and identifying them as such. To tag someone or a company, input the @ symbol followed by the first few letters of the person’s or business’s profile name. The name should appear as an option when you search for it. If it does not appear, double-check that you have typed the whole username after the @ symbol correctly.

Tagging people on your Instagram posts allows you to associate people who are relevant to the post and it allows people to visit their profile via that tag. When someone is tagged in a post, depending on their settings too, it’ll show up in the tagged section of their profile allowing others to see your picture.

You may quickly tag another user by either putting in their name — the system should automatically detect users whose names begin with the letters you input — or by prefixing their name with the “@” sign before the user’s name is recognized. You don’t have to follow someone for you to be able to tag them. If your account is public and you are tagging them on a public post. 

When tagging people on Instagram, they’re notified that they’ve been tagged in a post via the notification section. Instagram will send them a notification saying that they’ve been tagged in your post and it’ll give them the option to see the post as well as interact with it.  When you tag anyone in a post whether that be your post or a random post, they will receive a notification about it.

If You Tag Someone on Instagram and Your Account is Private, Will They Know You Tagged Them?

If you tag someone in your post and they don’t follow you, if your account is public they will know that you tagged them because they will receive a notification saying that you tagged them in a post. If your account is public, it doesn’t matter whether they follow you or not, they will get a notification saying that you tagged them in a post.

If your account is private and you tag someone in a post and they don’t follow you, then they wouldn’t know that you tagged them in a post. Those who are tagged in your post, regardless if they follow or don’t follow you, will know that you tagged them if your account is public – if it’s private, only those that follow you will be notified.

If you’ve tagged a celebrity in a post and your account is public, they will be notified that you’ve tagged them in a post. If your account is private, then they wouldn’t be able to see it.

If You Are Private on Instagram and Mention Someone

If you mention someone in your story and they don’t follow you, if your account is public they will know that you mentioned them because they will receive a notification saying that you mentioned them in a story. If your account is public, it doesn’t matter whether they follow you or not, they will get a notification saying that you tagged them in a story.

If your account is private and you mention someone in a story and they don’t follow you, then they wouldn’t know that you mentioned them in a story. Those who are mentioned in your story, regardless if they follow or don’t follow you, will know that you tagged them if your account is public – if it’s private, only those that follow you will be notified.

If you’ve mentioned a celebrity in a story and your account is public, they will be notified that you’ve mentioned them in a story. If your account is private, then they wouldn’t be able to see it.

If You Tag a Celebrity on Instagram, Will They See It?

Most celebrities have public accounts on Instagram. It means that you can tag them, and if your account is open, they will be able to see what you tagged them in. Unfortunately, tagging a celebrity will not do much for you if you have a private account. Most people want to tag celebrities in posts because it gives their content exposure. Stars, just like everyone else, will get notifications when you tag them with a public account. If your account is private tagging, a celebrity won’t do much for you. 

For a long time, Instagram offered just the option of manually reviewing and approving each tag, and this control is still available. When permitting @mentions on Instagram, users may now choose from three distinct options in the app’s settings section. The new option, which you can find in Instagram settings’ privacy, allows users to customize their tag settings by navigating to Interactions > Tags. Instagram users can allow tagging from anybody, only persons they follow, or no one. Some celebrities’ settings will not allow you to tag them in your posts which means they won’t see anything you tag them in. 

If I Tag Someone on Instagram, Who Sees It?

If your Instagram account is a “public” account, everyone may view the photo or video you’ve posted, and the person you’ve tagged will receive a notification. Suppose you have set your Instagram account to private. In that case, only people you have approved to be your followers will be able to see the photo or video. The person you tag will only receive a notice if they already follow you on Instagram. If you cannot tag someone, they may have changed their privacy settings to restrict who may tag them. You’ll also be able to tell if they don’t accept tags by looking at their page. Instagram has two types of accounts. Private: Only confirmed followers will be able to view the photographs and videos that you’ve gotten tagged in on your profile page. Posts are visible to the public: Anyone may view the pictures and videos you have been tagged in on your profile.

It is possible for anybody, on or off Instagram, to view your public profile and posts, even if they do not have an Instagram account themselves. If you tag someone on an open account, even people with no Instagram will be able to see the tag if they come across the post. 

Your Followers

If you tag someone on Instagram, your followers will be able to see that you’ve tagged them. Wether you’ve mentioned them in a story, in a comment, or tagged them in a post, all of your followers can see it. If it’s a mention, they’ll be able to see your story, so will the person you mentioned – that’s if your story is public. If it’s private and the person doesn’t follow you, they won’t be able to see it. If if’s in a common, only those who follow the profile that you made the comment on will be able to see the comment – that’s if it comes up on their feed. If it doesn’t come up on their feed, then chances are they won’t see it. If you make a post and you tag someone in it, all of your followers will be able to see the post and the persons account that you tagged. If the person you tagged follows you, they’ll be able to see your post, even if you’re public. If you’re private, then they won’t be able to see it.

Can You Tag Someone On Instagram Without Following Them? 

Instagram makes it easy to socialize with other users. To tag someone, you don’t need to follow them, and they don’t need to follow you. Sadly that only applies if you both have public accounts. Having a general account means you tag people on your content, and they can see it. If you have a public account and you tag someone on a private post, they will not be able to see the post you tag them in. Instagram takes privacy seriously, and posts on private accounts are not shared with people that don’t follow the said account. If the person you tag on a private account wants to see the post, they will have to follow the private account, and once they get approval, they will be able to see the post you tagged them in. If you have a private account and you tag someone that doesn’t follow you, even if you follow them, they will not be able to see the post. They will need to follow you first to see the post you tagged them on. 

Can You Tag a Private Account on Instagram?

It is possible to tag someone with a private account, but if you are following someone who has a private account and tags someone who is not a follower, that person will not be able to view the photo or comment. The user will still receive a notification telling them they have been tagged. It occurs regardless of whether they are following you or not. They will not receive notifications unless they have blocked you.

What To Do If You Don’t Want Someone To Know You Tagged Them

If you don’t want them to know that you tagged them in a post, then the only thing you can do is block them. When you block them, they won’t receive any notifications saying that you tagged them in a post – they will be completely oblivious. Another way that they can’t know is if your account is private.

The Takeaway

Most social media networks place restrictions on the number of characters, hashtags, and several accounts you may mention in your posts and stories, except for Instagram, which enables you to mention up to ten individuals. Instagram will notify the person you tag when you do so. To tag someone successfully so that they see the post, you need to tag them on a public post. Whether you follow the person you want to tag, or they follow you, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you need to tag them on a public page for them to see the post. If you tag them on a private page, they will not be able to see what you tagged them in. 

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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