Flickr Settings

There are a lot of different settings that you can tinker with on Flickr.  You can change how your profile looks, who can see your stuff, what emails you get from Flickr, and whether or not your photos are shared to other social networks. 

To adjust your settings, go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.  Then, click your profile picture in the top-right corner to open a drop-down menu, and then click Settings.

The Flickr settings function

Categories of Flickr settings

There are four general categories of settings that you can change: Personal Information (default), Privacy and Permissions, Emails and Notifications, and Sharing and Extending.  Click one to edit the settings for that category.

Personal Information

These settings affect what information of yours is (or appears) on Flickr, and who can see it.

Flickr personal information settings

View Your Order History / Manage Your Subscriptions — View and manage your subscription to Flickr Pro, as well as any “creations” based on your photos that you have purchased from Flickr.  You can also add and edit your billing information here.

Your Safety Level — Here you can see the general audience settings for your photos and videos on Flickr, as determined by the Flickr staff.  “Safe” means that anyone can view and share them.  “Moderate” or “Restricted” means that it is more difficult to find and share your photos (depending on other people’s settings).

(NOTE: This setting may not be available unless you have at least 5 pictures on Flickr.)

Your Buddy Icon — Click Edit to replace your profile picture.  You can replace it with a photo that you’ve uploaded to Flickr, or one that you upload directly from your computer.

Your Screen Name — Click Edit to change the name that represents you on Flickr.

Your Profile — Click Edit to go to a new page where you can change the information in your profile, or click View Your Profile Page to see how your profile looks now.  You can also click Edit Who Can See What to choose who can view your email address, instant messaging user names, real name, or the city in which you currently live.  Or, click If It’s Searchable to decide whether or not your profile or photos can be found by searching on Flickr itself or through third-party applications.

Your Flickr Web Address — Click Create Your Own Memorable Flickr Web Address to create a custom Internet address for your profile.  If you decide to create one, you can’t change it later, so put some thought into it first!

Your Yahoo Account — Click Edit Your Yahoo Password to change your password for Flickr (and any other Yahoo-owned services that you may be using).  You can also click Edit Your Yahoo Preferences to change your information and settings for your overall Yahoo account.  Finally, you can click Use A Different Yahoo ID For This Flickr Account if you have a different Yahoo account that you want to use to manage your account.

Your Flickr Account — Click Delete Your Flickr Account to begin the process of deleting your account.  See our how to delete your Flickr account tutorial for complete instructions.

Privacy and Permissions

These settings control who can see your information and photos on Flickr, and what Flickr or its users can do with your photos or information.

Flickr privacy and permission settings

Who Can Access Your Original Image Files? — Click Edit to change who can view and download the original image files of the photos that you put on Flickr.

Largest Shared Image Size — Click Edit to change how large your photos appear on Flickr.  This might be useful if you are using the service on a smaller screen, such as on a tablet computer or mobile phone.

Who Can Add You To A Photo? — Click Edit to determine who is allowed to indicate that you are in a photo that has been uploaded.

Printing — Click Edit to change who is allowed to make and purchase “creations” using your photos, and select the country that Flickr should ship “creations” to if you decide to order something yourself.

Allow Your Stuff to be Added to A Gallery — Click Edit to decide whether or not other people can add your photos and videos to “galleries”, custom groups of photos and videos (theirs and other people’s) that revolve around a certain theme.

Hide Your EXIF Data — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want people who view your photos to be able to see the type of camera that you took each photo with.

Show Which Application You Used for Uploading — Click Edit to decide whether or not to show what program you used to upload each of your  photos (e.g. Flickr’s website, the Flickr Uploadr program, the Flickr mobile application, etc.).

Hide Your Stuff From Public Searches — Click Edit to decide whether or not people can find your photos and videos on Flickr through common search engines, such as Google Search, Microsoft Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Hide Your Profile From Public Searches — Click Edit to control whether or not people can find your profile using common search engines, such as Google Search, Microsoft Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

Who Can See What on Your Profile — Click Edit to determine who can see your email address, instant messaging name(s), real name, or current city of residence.  Or, click Edit Your IM Names, Real Name, or Current City to edit your profile.

Make Your Photos Eligible for Invitation by Getty Images? — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want to potentially receive invitations from Getty Images to buy the rights to your photos.

Show Autotags — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want to allow Flickr to automatically add “tags” to your photos, which are descriptive keywords that make your photos easier to search for.

Who Will be Able to See, Comment On, Add Notes, or Add People — Click Edit to change who can see, comment on, add notes to, or mark people in your photos after you upload them.

What License Will Your Content Have — Click Edit to change the license that your photos will have when you upload them.  This changes how other people are allowed to use your photos (e.g. change them or use them in a work with or without the purpose of making money).

Who Will Be Able to See Your Stuff on A Map — Click Edit to determine who can see photos that you upload that include information about where they were taken.

Import EXIF Location Data — Some cameras can automatically add information to a photo regarding where the photo was taken.  Click Edit to decide whether or not you want this information to be included when you upload your photos.

What Safety Level and Content Type Will Your Photostream Have — Click Edit to choose general settings for the classification of images that you’ll be uploading to Flickr, and who your images are appropriate for (or not).

Search Settings — Click Edit to determine if you only want to see “Safe”-rated photos as search results on Flickr, or are okay with seeing “Moderate” or even “Restricted” content.  You can also choose whether you want to see only photographs as search results on Flickr, or are okay with seeing illustrations/animations/CGI, screenshots, or videos show up as search results.

Autoplay Videos — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want videos to automatically play when you go to their pages.

Emails and Notifications

These settings control how Flickr can contact you, and what they can contact you about.  They also allow you to use email to quickly move your photos and videos to Flickr or your other social networks.

Flickr email and notification settings

Your Contact Email — Click Edit to change the email address that Flickr will send emails and notifications to.

Notification Emails — Click Edit to decide whether or not you want Flickr to send you emails regarding invitations you receive, people who add you to their contacts, private messages that you’re sent, or reminders on “creations” that you’re working on.

Recent Activity Emails — Click Edit to decide whether or not (or how often) you want to receive emails from Flickr regarding actions that other people take with your photos and videos (such as leaving comments), or your contacts uploading new content.

Your Flickr Upload Email — Click Edit to set up a unique email address that you can send photos to, and have them appear right on your account!

Your Blog Upload Email / Your Flickr2Twitter Upload Email — Click Tell Us A Little About the Blog(s) You Want to Upload To in order to tell Flickr about the details of your Twitter account or other web journal (such as Blogger or WordPress).  Once you get things straightened out, you can send photos to a special email address in order to post them directly to your web journal or Twitter feed through Flickr!

Sharing and Extending

These settings let you set up various ways of sharing your photos, either over social networks or hyperlinks that you place on websites, in emails, and so on.

Flickr sharing and extending settings

Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr — Click Connect beside any of these to log into your respective account and connect it to your account.  This will let you easily post your photos on your social media accounts.  You can disconnect your social media accounts here, too.

Guest Pass History — Click this to see temporary hyperlinks that you have created for others to view your (private) photos. You can click Expire to tell Flickr to make a link stop working.

Your Printing Location — Click Tell Us Where You Are In The World to select what country you live in.  This will let Flickr know where to ship any “creations” that you design with your photos.

Account Links — This is where any third-party applications or services you have authorized to use Flickr will show up.  You can disconnect these services here, if you wish.

Keyboard Shortcuts — Click Edit to decide whether you want to use keyboard shortcuts on Flickr.  For example, pressing the “L” key when you have a photo selected will display it in a pop-up window, or pressing the “?” key will show all shortcuts available.  Turning off keyboard shortcuts may be useful if you are having trouble typing information into text boxes.

 

Those are all of the different settings that you can change on Flickr!  Experiment and see what works for you!


Flickr Groups

Looking to share your snapshots with similar-minded shutterbugs?  Try joining a Flickr group!  When you join a group, you can share your photos with that group, and hold discussions about topics that interest you.  You can even create and manage your own group!

To join, contribute to, and leave a Flickr group

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner and click Groups in the drop-down menu.  If you haven't joined a group before, you can scroll down to see some popular groups that you may want to join.

    Finding and joining a Flickr group

    You can also search for a group by using Flickr's search function (see our Flickr Search tutorial for more on how to do that).  In any event, click Join beside a group that you wish to join.

  3. Sometimes, a window will pop up explaining the group's rules.  If you are okay with them, click I Agree to join the group.  Otherwise, click No Thanks.

    Accepting Flickr group rules

    Unless the group is invitation-only, you will be able to join the group.

  4. Once you are part of a group, you can add a photo to the group by clicking Add Photo beside "Photo Pool".  Click on your photos on the left to add them to your sharing queue, or click your photos when they appear on the right to remove them.  Click Add Photos to add your photo's to the group's pool.

    (NOTE: Be sure to read the group's rules on posting before posting your photos, or they may be taken down.)

    Adding a photo or discussion to a Flickr group

    You can also click Start a Discussion if you want to talk about something; just type in a title and an opening post, and then click Start Topic.  Or, you can click on a topic that has already been posted, and click Reply (first button in the top-right corner of a post) or the reply box at the bottom of the screen and add your feedback.

  5. If you want to leave a group, move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner, click Groups, and then click on the name of the group.  This will bring you to the group's page, where you can click the Joined button (which will change to Leave Group).  You will be asked to confirm that you really want to leave the group, and you can use the check box in the window that pops up to decide whether or not you want to remove any photos or videos that you have added to the group before you leave.  Click Leave This Group if you're sure that's what you want to do.

    How to leave a Flickr group

How to create, manage, and delete a Flickr group

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into Flickr, move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner, and then click Groups.  In the top-right corner of this page, click Create Group.

    Creating a new Flickr group

  2.  You will be asked to select the privacy level of your group.  There are three options: "Public", "Invitation Only", and "Private".

    Select privacy level for new Flickr group

    "Public" groups can be seen and joined by anyone on Flickr.  "Invitation Only" groups can be seen by anyone on Flickr, but can only be joined by those who have received invitations from other members.  "Private" groups can only be joined by those who are invited, and only current members or invitees can see the group on Flickr.

    Click Create below the type of group that you want to continue.

  3. On the next screen, you will have to name and describe your group, and give it a safety rating.

    Enter new Flickr group information

    Click in the box labelled "What Are You Going to Call It?" and type in a name for your group.  Then click in the box labelled "What's The Group About?" and type in a brief description of your group (this is optional).  Finally, click one of the buttons below "Group Safety Level" and choose whether your group is "Safe for Everyone" or "18+ Only".  When you're finished, click Next.

  4. Next, use the check boxes here to decide whether or not you want people who visit your group (i.e. those who aren't members) to be able to see your group's discussion topics or photos.  Then click Next.

    Privacy options for new Flickr group

    The next screen will let you choose custom names for people who hold different positions in your group.  If you feel like doing so, simply click in the respective box and type in a title for administrators, moderators, or members.  Once your okay with everything, click All Done.

  5. Congratulations on creating your group!  In addition to the usual group functions (such as adding photos and starting or continuing discussions), you'll also have several Administration functions that you can use to set group rules, control how your group appears, and manage who is in your group and what they do.

    Administrator settings for Flickr group

  6. If you want to delete a group, use the Administration options mentioned above to kick everyone else out of the group except yourself.  From there, the process is the same for leaving a group that you don't own (see step 5 in the section above for how to leave a group).

Those are the basics of joining, contributing to, creating, managing, or deleting Flickr groups!


Flickr Albums and Collections

With Flickr, you can create albums in order to put together photos that revolve around a certain theme or event, such as a family vacation or wedding.  You can also create collections to put your albums in a sort of themed timeline, so one flows into the next like a story.

To create an album on Flickr

  1. Go to www.flickr.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner, and then click Camera Roll in the drop-down menu that appears.

    The Flickr Camera Roll

  3. You will now see all of the photos that you have uploaded to Flickr.  Click on the photos that you want to add to your album in order to select them; they'll be outlined in blue and have a check box beside them.  (Click them again to deselect them.)  Then click Add to Album at the bottom of the screen.

    Select and add photos to a Flickr album

  4. A window will pop up, asking you which album you want to add the photos to.  If you want to add the photos to a completely new album, click Create New Album.

    Creating a new Flickr album

  5. You will be asked to give your album a name, and possibly add a short description about it.  Click in the box labelled "Album Title" and type in a name for your album, and then click in the box labelled "Description" and type in a short sentence or paragraph about the photos in the album.  Then click Create Album.

    Enter new Flickr album details

    After creating the album, you will return to the previous screen, where you should click Done.

  6. You can see your albums by moving your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner and clicking Albums.  You can click on an album to view or edit it, or click on one of the symbols that appear at the bottom when you move your mouse over it to (from left to right) share the album, make a "creation" out of it, download the pictures within it, or delete it.

    Selecting a Flickr album

How to create a collection on Flickr

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into Flickr and have at least two albums, move your mouse cursor over You in the top-left corner and click Organize in the drop-down menu.

    The Flickr Organize function

  2. Click Albums and Collections in the menu across the top, and then beside "Create a New", click Collection.

    Creating a new Flickr collection

  3. A window will pop up asking you to name your collection and give it a bit of a description.  Click in the box labelled "Title" and type in a name for your collection, and then (optionally) click in the box labelled "Description" and type in a short description of your collection's theme.  Then click Create.

    Enter new Flickr collection details

  4. Your new collection will appear in the left-hand menu.  Now, to add an album or other collection to your collection (you can make collections part of other collections, up to 5 layers deep), click and hold the mouse button down on it, move your mouse to the position that you want it to be at in the collection, and then release the mouse button.

    Adding an album to a Flickr collection

  5. If you click the collection's name, you will be given further options.  You can edit its name or description, create or edit a collage of photos from the albums in that collection (very cool feature; try it out), visit the collection's page, or delete the collection.  (Don't worry; deleting a collection won't delete any albums or photos within it.)

    Settings for a Flickr collection

That's a quick how-to for how to build albums and collections in Flickr!