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Why Can’t I Tag Someone on Facebook?

Thu 16th Aug 2018
By Todd
Facebook, Facebook groups

Facebook groups are awesome for engagement. We’re members of loads of Groups from dogs to business and everything in between. They’re a super way to connect and talk about one particular topic, and we run a few too.

If you’d like to be in a place where you can drop in your marketing and social media questions then you should join us in Spaghetti Besties.

But there’s a problem with groups and even if you’re an admin you’ll have had this problem.

Tagging people into posts and comments doesn’t always work!

I run a large group of over 20,000 people where I can’t even tag the other admins! Awkward. This is mostly an iPhone issue it seems and it’s isolated to the iOS App for Facebook.

There’s a way around it that involves just a few clicks and the safari app on your phone and this week I wanted to share that with you.

Why Can't I Tag Someone on Facebook?

  1. Firstly, you’ll need to make sure that you’re logged into Facebook on the Safari app. Just search for Facebook on Safari and log in. Simple.
  2. Next, head to the post on your app where you can’t tag someone and click the share button. This will give you a few options but it’s the ‘Copy Link’ option that you need.
  3. Click it and then you’ll have the link copied to your clipboard.
  4. Now head over to Safari, and paste the link in.
  5. Now you have that post in Safari and you can simple head to the comments (as long as you’re logged in) and you can type ‘@’ and type the name of the person you want to tag and voilá! It works.

Why Can’t I Tag Someone on Facebook?

One thing I should mention is that the share button is not available in a private or secret group. For these groups you’ll have to go to Safari, search for the group, and then the post, and then tag in the comments.

A bit messy, but it’s a great fix and one I use all the time.

I’m a member of a large Facebook Admins group and it’s a worldwide issue that Facebook are aware of. It’s quite frustrating really as it’s a core part of groups and how they work.

I’m sure they’ll get to fix it when they can.

In the meantime, I hope that helps.

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4 comments on this article

  • Charlie Budd at 18:54pm on August 20th 2018

    That’s a fiddly but damn useful workaround. I usually just give up tagging! Is it only an iPhone issue Todd? No issues on different website browsers on laptops, for example?

    1. Todd at 8:55am on August 31st 2018

      Just seems to be the iOS version. It’s a known bug but it’s been around for a few years so it seems Facebook don’t care!

  • Sandy at 2:22am on October 8th 2019

    I can’t tag my friends with this darn new iPhone. I never had issues with my old android.
    Is there anyone working on fixing this problem?? (Facebook/text)

    1. Todd at 8:04am on October 8th 2019

      Even with the above workaround? I had issues with iPhone which is why I used Safari to fix it. Works for me now though.

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