Completely remove automatically generated tags from photos
My experience, using Norwegian OneDrive, is that the automatically-generated tags do not tag nearly correct enough that I want to use it. Most of them are wrongly tagged, and they mess up my manual tags, making the whole service worthless. The tags don't even have the same translation between the app and the webpage. On the iOS a Court is translated Domstol, which is Norwegian for Court of justice. On the webpage is correct translated, but... you know. Really?
And there are way to many tags. Some of the tags, like People and Sky, have almost 100% hit, but 90% of the others are just meaningless and wrong most of the time. Fries? Fail. Bricks? Fail. Screen? Most of them are just windows. The Fire tag display my concert photos. I got ONE photo of a dog, the rest of them are kids automatically tagged dogs by Microsoft Research.
So I want the possibility to Remove all the automatically-generated tags from my OneDrive and use my computer or iPhone to tag manually instead. I've turned it of Settings, but they seem to stick.
Thank you for this suggestion. While there is currently a setting for whether or not photos are automatically tagged, we currently don’t have plans on our roadmap to support undoing tags that have already been automatically applied.
tagsare useless commented
I came here to organise my photos on one drive and because of these stupid tags, its unusable! Even if you go to Settings, Options, remove tags, you can tick the box, but it doesn't change anything. What a useless site. Who wants to look at 20 pics of people's faces you don't want to see. Let us set our own tags, you silly company. Not using it. Bye.
Andrew Bird commented
Typical MS arrogance and stupidity.
Mike Stick commented
I agree! The automatically generated Tags are basically useless. Users should be able to not just delete all of the Tags from Microsoft but also be able to add a Tag to multiple photos all at one...such as "Beach Trip 2019". This is a big fail...
I agree. The auto tags are absolute nonsense. I need a way to delete them all in a short time.
Ok, I just figured out how to remove automatic tagging. From the OneDrive's photo page go to settings. Click options, then tagging, then click on NO for automatic tagging.
I bought office 365 specifically to sync my photos from my Android phone into my Mac through OneDrive. I did extensive research until landing on what I thought was my best option. After purchasing Office 365 and downloading ALL of my media into OneDrive I became aware of the whole automatic tagging fiasco. To say that I am disappointed would be a huge understatement. Definitely NOT recommending this app to any of my colleagues.
I have been fighting against this tag nonsense from Microsoft since they first introduced it and scanned everyone's photos on OneDrive without notice or consent from the owners of those photos.
They're using it to teach their AI visual systems, which is why they did it that way. Yes, they, a company worth billions, stole data that you privately own so they could build a new product that they can charge you for.
Until tech companies come under the legislative hammer ban in the US/EU, they will keep stealing our private data for their corporate profit without regard to our concerns, needs or rights.
I guess by reading this forum Microsoft does not follow it, or refuses to address the problem. I just encountered the same issue of the auto-tag conspiracy "after" I had uploaded my 26k images. Would love to know if there is a way to remove bulk tags.
OneDrive used my password as an auto tag how does this happen?
KD not Lang commented
Same issue here: those stupid tags in OneDrive!!!
And I remember Steve Ballmer calling Linux communist... While it's exactly the opposite: in Linux I have more freedom than in Windows (Windows 10), where my freedom is being taken away.
I did not Ask OneDrive to tag my photographs, so why were they tagged?
I was also not asked, "Would you like us to tag your photographs?"
Sometimes I _SO_ hate Microsoft Corp.
They are a joke! Most make no sense at all.
My Name commented
The automatic tagging is 100% useless and there seems to be no way to remove the **** after you have discovered that thousands of photos got tagged automatically. This is a joke! Fix it please!
I discovered a side effect of turning off tagging is that the photo's are no longer categorized into 'Places'.....
There is another suggestion related to this:
This worked for me on some folders I keep on my computer.
1. turn off tagging in One Drive.
2. backup/copy a folder with photos from OneDrive to a folder NOT controlled by OD.
3. delete the same folder from OD
4. once it is gone, copy it back over to OD.
The photos that are newly uploaded don't have the autoags. OD does seem to pickup exif tags but not xmp tags in sidecar files.
My vote would be to have a separate category of tags: auto generated versus user generated, so you can filter by both. Places should also either officially be an automatically generated tag that stays with the picture or should be a separate sorting/filter feature
Add one more vote to removing tagging. I can't select all photos in a tag to remove the tag because there are hundreds of them tagged, say, #Outdoor, and it takes too long for OneDrive to generate those huge thumbnails.
Agreed, A picture of a knitted scarf tagged as "#pizza", or a picture of an allergic reaction tagged as "#sky" do not help at all, and actually make it harder to organize pictures.
Rene Doursat commented
Tags are absurd for most users! who wants to see ALL the people one has met --and taken pictures of-- all grouped together? (and wait hours for the page to load!) Who wants to see ALL animals, and ALL the food, and ALL the stones or trees, etc. Ridiculous! This is just a vain display of machine learning recognition abilities (which also often fails) with NO practical utility for the user whatsoever -- and ends up being very irritating in fact. Generally you guys are thinking too much in terms of automated features trying to second guess the users -- when in fact we are (and want to be) much more in control of our data than you think: I organize my photos into folders (vacation, work, periods of time, faimly etc.) the way I WANT, you have no business trying to sort this out differently, in some way it feels extremely invasive. I know automated tagging can be disabled but I discovered it too late and now there are dozens of these silly and meaningless tags filled with 1000s of my photos everywhere. Please implement a WIPE TAGS button!!! Thanks.
Absolutely, I had 580 automatically generated tags attached to my photos when uploading them. I didn't realise at the time of uploading them that photo's were auto tagged.
I've now turned off auto tagging, but what to do with those already tagged?
There is no practical way of removing them, en masse.
To say it more pragmatic, I would like to choose a feature like "Remove Selected Tags". If I can select tags right in the tags screen like how I do to select files in OneDrive, it will be greatly easier to remove all the unwanted tags ASAP.
I do agree most of tags are meaningless, because sometimes what is in a photo is not what we want to tag it, so only recognizing what is in photos is not the best way to auto create tags. We do need a smarter way to analyze where, when, weather, people, actions, and events. Hope we could access this in the future!