Help / FAQ / General Flickr Questions

The Flickr Help pages have moved!

In order to not break the Internet and the various links posted to our Help Forum, we will keep these pages at their current location for archival purposes.

Please check out for the most current help content.

What is Flickr?

Flickr is the best way to store, sort, search and share your photos online. Flickr helps you organize that huge mass of photos you have and offers a way for you and your friends and family to tell stories about them.

The best way to learn about Flickr is to upload some photos, explore the site, join some groups and make some friends.

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What are the rules for using Flickr?

Please read our Community Guidelines to find out everything you need to know about being a model Flickr citizen.

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Will Flickr always be free?

Yes, there will always be a free version of Flickr, and its only limitation is a maximum of 1 Terabyte of storage. Should you get close or reach this limit, you can contact us for further assistance.

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I'd like to use a photo I found on Flickr. How do I do that?

Our members share an incredible amount of amazing work on Flickr. If there is an image you'd like to use, look for the "Request to license" link near the license on the photo page. We've partnered with Getty Images who will review the image, determine if it's a good fit for licensing through them, and work out all the details if so.

Not all members have this enabled. If you don't see it you can also contact the member directly. As a member of Flickr, you can move your mouse over someone's buddy icon and click the little arrow to open the "person menu." Then select "Send FlickrMail" and compose your message. When you contact a photographer, it's best to include as much info as possible about the photo, yourself, and how you want to use the photo.

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What’s the difference between my new home page and my recent activity feed?

Your new home page is a snazzier version of the Activity page and will show you almost everything you’re used to seeing there, along with recent uploads from your contacts. With each new activity item, your home page will display a beautiful story card with a timestamp of when it happened. You can also fave and comment on all the photos right there in your home page feed.

To get back to your home page from anywhere on the site, simply click on Flickr logo in the top left of the page.

Over on your Activity page, you’ll have a little more control over exactly which items appear, if customization is your thing. Just click the “Custom view” link in the top right of the page and deselect the activity items you don’t want to see.

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What does "Recent activity" show?

Recent activity A shows what is happening around your account.

In addition to views for Activity on your photos and Replies to your comments, you can also view your Messages, see it all together, or make a custom view.

Save C makes that view your default so it will be the first thing you see in Recent activity. This no longer applies to your Home Page.


In response to member feedback we have also added the ability to mute B items that you don't want to see new activity on.

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What if I don't want to see activity on a photo?

On your home page:

To mute activity around a particular photo on your home page, hover your cursor over the photo and a mute option will appear in the right hand corner of the activity item.

On your Activity page:

If there is an image that you commented on a while ago but don't want to see new activity on, you can now mute it . (you can do this on anything in recent activity)

To un-mute something, just go to your muted items view and un-mute it.

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What is the explore section on my home page?

The Explore section on the home page now revolves to show what is happening in different areas of the site. You might see recent uploads, a glimpse of groups, a piece of places, or something new you wouldn't have stumbled across otherwise. There is a lot happening on Flickr every day and we hope this lets you see a little more of it.

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What can I do if I want to find or organize a Flickr event?

Currently, we use Meetup as our event platform. Finding a FlickrMeet is simple. Here are a few steps you can take to find out what Flickr Members around you are doing.

  1. Go to our Flickr group on
  2. You will find all the events taking place nearest to your current location under the Flickr Meetup World map. Alternatively, you can also search for your town in the upper right hand corner of the page.
  3. If you don't see your town in the list, don’t worry! Click on "start a new community", enter a group name, and you can start inviting others to join.
  4. If you'd like to setup the time and place for your Meetup, go into your event page to make the arrangements, or leave it up other members to decide. Attendees can also make further arrangements for the event in the discussion section.

Once listed on the Flickr page on Meetup, your event will automagically be added to the Community Events on Flickr Blog. Yay!

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I am seeing a grey graphic in one of my comments, what is that all about?

For performance and security reasons, third-party images are blocked and indicated by a placeholder image. Some third-party sites use images to track views or analyze your browsing behavior, for example.

The placeholder will include a tooltip with the domain that has been blocked - e.g., "Click to load a remote image from".

To view a third-party image, click the placeholder and the image will load in its place.

Photos uploaded to Flickr are allowed inline in photo comments, and will not be blocked.

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