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Just because you want to share a photo with someone doesn’t necessarily mean you want to share the exact location you took it with them. Fortunately, it’s easy to send a photo without sending sensitive data along with it.
The iPhone, like other smartphones, embeds tons of metadata into each photograph you take with the onboard camera. This data, known as EXIF data, includes a lot of benign information from the general (the time the photo was taken) to the very technical (the ISO speed the camera used and the color space profile the photo was recorded in, for example). It also includes, if your phone is configured to allow it, embedded GPS data (known as “geotagging”) which pinpoints the location the photo was taken down to a few square meters.
While it hardly matters if your mom knows that the photo of your kid was taken in your backyard (as she likely already has the address and knows where you live) it’s a different story if you’re sending a photo to a potential Craigslist buyer that you would prefer not know exactly where the photo was taken. Thankfully, there are more than a few apps that make it dead simple to send a photo with the EXIF metadata removed.
Note: Our focus today is on sending photos from your iPhone or iPad with GPS location (and other metadata) removed; if you want to remove all the location metadata from your existing photos, stop your iPhone from recording GPS metadata in the future, check out our tutorial on the subject here.
How to Send GPS-Stripped Photos with ViewExif
If you search in the App Store, there are dozens upon dozens of iOS apps for viewing, manipulating, and removing EXIF meta data. While you’re free to explore through them all, including the free options, we’re strongly recommend ViewExif ($0.99), which is more than worth the buck price tag.
Not only is ViewExif very simple to use, but it integrates so well with the iOS share sheet system that it comes off feeling like a feature integrated into iOS to begin with. To get started, grab your iOS device and download ViewExif from the App Store. Once you’ve downloaded the app, resist the urge to tap the “Open” link right in the App Store app. ViewExif is totally designed to integrate into iOS and be called from other apps—if you run the app by itself it just gives you information about the app and the user manual.
Instead, open up the Photos app (or whatever other app you regularly use to manage and send your photos). Select a photo. You’ll note, in our screenshot below, that we have the location blurred out—the test photo we took of an early spring flower blooming in our backyard was, quite accurately, tagged with the exact location of our backyard. Tap on the Share icon in the lower left corner.
Within the Share menu, swipe left on the lower menu, where the system functions like Copy and Paste are located.
At the end of the function row, tap on the “More” icon.
Locate the entry in the “Activity” list for “ViewExif” and toggle it on. In the screenshot below, we have not only turned it on but also dragged it further up the list for easy access by grabbing the the little three-bar icon. Tap “Done”.
Now, in the photo selection screen, you’ll see “ViewExif” as an option in function bar at the bottom. Tap on it now.
You’ll be immediately prompted to allow “ViewExif” to access your photos. Click OK.
Here, you can see all the metadata attached to the photo, including those aforementioned technical stats about it as well as the location data. While ViewExif is, as the name implies, perfect for reviewing that information, we’re here to send the photo with that information removed. To do so tap the Share icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
Select “Share without Metadata” from the popup menu.
After selecting “Share without Metadata”, you’ll be prompted to select how you wish to share it. You can select from any of the usual suspects in your share sheet gallery including AirDrop, Message, Mail, or any other option available to you including uploading the photo to your iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or other cloud services.
That’s all there is to it! ViewExif strips the metadata away and the photo, wherever you send it, will only reveal what the photo itself displays and not the hidden data (including the GPS coordinates where it was taken).
Having a location attached to photos can be a great way to organize images, but there are a lot of reasons that you might not want a record of your location on photos you share. If you’re concerned about keeping your location private, you can remove it before you share your photos with others.
If you want to take it a step further and stop your location from being attached to your photos and videos in the first place, you can do that, too. If you often find yourself sharing photos with locations removed, you might just want to turn it off altogether anyway.
Here’s what you need to know about removing location from photos and videos.
How to remove location when sharing a photo or video
- Open Photos on your iPhone or iPad.
- Find the photo you want to share.
Share your photos as normal.
How to turn off location for photos and videos
- Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Privacy.
Tap Location Services.
With this setting, your location will no longer be added to photos or videos.
If you have any questions about removing location from your photos or videos, let us know in the comments.
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You can also stop your phone from geotagging your photos altogether.
Every time you take a picture with your iPhone, the exact location where it was taken is saved along with the photo. This feature is called geotagging, and it’s useful because your iPhone lets you search for photos by location. It’s less useful when you want to share photos without sharing everything about where they were taken.
Luckily, m ost social media sites strip location data from photos before they’re uploaded, but it’s a good practice to remove it yourself before sharing photos via another method, as s ome messaging apps, cloud storage services, and file sharing services (including AirDrop) retain that location data. H ere’s how you can remove it quickly.
How to r emove l ocation d ata f rom your p hotos b efore s haring them
Open the Photos app on your iPhone and select the pictures you want to share. H it the share icon in the bottom-left corner, which opens the share sheet on your iPhone.
At the top of the share sheet (in a smaller font below where it says how many photos you’ve selected for sharing) , tap Options next to Location Included. Here, under the heading Include, you can turn off the slider for “Location.” If the button next to Location is green, it’s enabled. If it’s grey, it’s disabled. Tap Done to confirm the change and send the photos.
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How to turn off g eotagging on all iPhone photos
While it only takes a couple seconds to remove location data from photos before sharing them, you can also plug this gap at the source and s top your iPhone from geotagging your photos altogether . If you aren’t ready for that extreme a step, you can also easily stop the phone from recording your precise location each time you snap a photo.
A caveat: If you disable geotagging, you will not be able to search for photos on your device by location; t he search function in photos will return no results when you enter the name of a city or a country. The advantage is that you don’t have to worry about exposing your location data accidentally. Disabling precise location tags is probably the better option for most people: It’ll still allow people to see roughly where the photo was taken, but the radius is wide enough to avoid revealing exactly where you took a photo.
To disable geotagging completely, go to Settings > Privacy > System Services > Camera on your iPhone and select “Never.”
To stop your iPhone’s camera from logging your exact location when you take a photo , go to the same settings page (Settings > Privacy > System Services > Camera) and uncheck “Precise Location.”
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Need to share some photos or videos but want to retain a bit more privacy than normal? Follow along for how to remove location data from photos and videos on iPhone before sharing.
iOS includes a handy toggle switch to quickly turn off location details as well as other metadata before you send photos and videos from iPhone and iPad.
Keep in mind that this is a per-share basis, so you’ll need to do the same process each time you want to turn off location data.
iPhone: How to remove location data from photos and videos before sharing
Note: the same steps work on iPad
- Open the Photos app on iPhone or iPad
- Choose the photo(s) or video(s) you’d like to share
- Tap the share button (square with up arrow, bottom left corner on iPhone, top right corner on iPad)
- At the top, tap Options
- Tap the toggle next toLocation to turn it off, tap Done (top right corner)
- Choose how you’d like to share and send your photo(s)/video(s)
Tip: There seems to be a bug where the location data switch disappears when you go back to use it again after using it the first time. If you experience it, restart your iPhone or iPad and that should resolve the issue.
Here’s how these steps look:
As shown above, you can also toggle off All Photos Data if you’d prefer.
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How to view and edit EXIF Data including location on macOS
On macOS, the Photos app does more than what it does on iOS. The app lets you view EXIF data and remove location data from your images. It doesn’t let you edit or remove all parameters of EXIF data however. Follow these steps to view EXIF data on Photos for macOS and to remove location data too.
- Open Photos for macOS.
- Open the image you want to edit.
- Tap the i button on the top-right. Here you can view EXIF data in the photo and add a description and keywords if you wish.
- You can remove location data from a photo by clicking Image in the top bar and then clicking Location >Hide Location.
- You can also edit the date and time on the photo by clicking Image >Adjust date and time. Change the time and date and then click Adjust.
To remove EXIF data entirely, you’re going to have to rely on a third-party app such as ImageOptim. Here’s how.
- Download ImageOptim.
- Click the + icon and select the images you want to strip EXIF data from. You can select multiple images too.
- The app will automatically remove EXIF data from the image.
For greater control over this process, click the Gear icon and go through the options. These let you decide whether you want to reduce file size a lot at the cost of image quality or if you simply want to remove metadata without losing image quality.
How to view and edit EXIF Data including location on iPhone and iPad
On iOS surprisingly enough you can’t see much in terms of EXIF data via the Photos app. For granular control on viewing and removing EXIF data on photos from iPhone and iPad, you need to download a free app such as Metadata Remover or Photo Investigator (both free with in-app purchases). These apps let you edit and remove the EXIF data from photos, but editing EXIF data will require you to pay Rs. 249 to unlock the app’s premium features. In Photo Investigator, follow these steps:
- Tap the gallery icon on the bottom-left.
- Select the picture you want to edit EXIF data for.
- To view EXIF data, you can tap the various icons below the image.
- To edit or remove EXIF data (after you pay for the app), tap Metadata.
- Now select Remove or Edit.
You can achieve similar results from any other apps that offer this feature too, we just happened to use these two and found them to work.
If you are privacy conscious, you might want to disable adding location data to your photos. Be aware that disabling geotagging of photos will result in the “Places” album being empty and we’ve found that album as a good way to search for old photos. Here’s how to disable geotagging on iPhone and iPad.
- Go to Settings >Privacy >Location Services >Camera.
- Tap Never.
We weren’t able to find any apps that reliably remove EXIF data in bulk on Android and iOS. Do you use any apps to bulk remove EXIF data on smartphones? Which apps do you use to view, edit, and remove EXIF data from your photos? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.
Each time you take a photo on your phone, a bit of location metadata gets attached that could reveal where you live, work or hang out.
The metadata in your iPhone photos is easy to find and read.
There are plenty of reasons why your iPhone keeps track of all your locations: Many of your phone apps depend on accurate location tracking to function, from directions in Google Maps to looking for a nearby restaurant on Yelp . That precise location awareness extends to the images you capture with your Photos app, too.
Anytime you snap a photo or record a video with your iPhone, it creates information related to the file — including the creation date and your location — and then stores this data, called metadata, within your media.
Although metadata has useful and even essential purposes, it can be a privacy issue — especially when it comes to your location. If someone has access to the photos you saved on their smartphone, they can easily scour the metadata to identify locations and discover where you live or where you work.
Fortunately, with the release of iOS 15 , Apple has made it easy to remove (or even spoof) your location from photos and videos you take on your iPhone, so that prying eyes can’t potentially see where you are. We’ll explain how to do it. For more on iPhone privacy, check out privacy settings you need to double-check , how to prevent ads from tracking you across the web and Safari browser privacy settings to change .
What exactly is photo metadata? The TL;DR version
Nearly every photo you take on your iPhone has a batch of hidden information stored within: metadata. This metadata, known more specifically as EXIF data for images, contains descriptive information that makes each image unique. That includes the creation date, camera information and settings and your location.
This information allows apps to quickly identify photos and organize them. On your iPhone, it’s why you can do something like arrange your photos by date taken, or why iOS can create those personalized Memories videos of you on vacation.
So metadata is extremely useful, unless it gets in the wrong hands. Someone with access to the metadata can discover where you go and where you live, and you can see how that could become a problem. If that gives you the creeps, you may want to strip the location metadata from your photos and videos.
How to remove your iPhone photos’ location information
Underneath every photo you take on your iPhone, you can see a map showing the approximate location of where the photo was taken. Here’s how to access this information and remove a photo’s location:
1. In the Photos app, navigate to the photo you want to adjust.
2. Now, either swipe up on the photo or tap the info (i) button to view the photo’s information.
3. Next, tap Adjust on the bottom right corner of the map. This will show the exact address or location where the photo was taken.
4. Finally, tap No Location. You’ll be redirected back to the photo’s information, where the map will then disappear and the location metadata will be gone.
All you have to do is swipe up on a photo, tap Adjust, and then tap No Location to remove a photo’s location metadata.
How to spoof a photo’s location metadata
If you don’t want to remove the location metadata, you can always spoof it, which means you assign another location to a photo instead. Although removing the location is preferred for privacy reasons, spoofing could make someone think you’re somewhere else, such as in another country.
1. Go back into the Photos app, choose a photo and swipe up to view the photo’s information.
2. In the map that appears, tap Adjust.
3. At the top of the Adjust Location page, enter a location or address into the search area. As you type, suggestions will appear underneath.
4. Choose the location you want to give the photo. This will become the photo’s new location stored in the metadata.
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How does my iPhone track my location?
Your iPhone uses something called Location Services to pinpoint your phone’s location, using a combination of GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspots and cell tower locations.
It’s what helps you find local events on Eventbrite, browse through movie times in the Cinemark Theatres app or tag where you are on Instagram — and it’s what marks your location anytime you take a photo.
Isn’t it good that my iPhone photos are geotagged?
For the most part, having your photo location tracked, or geotagged, is a good thing. Using search in the Photos app, you can enter a location like “Los Angeles,” and every photo you’ve ever taken in LA will appear. Every so often, I enjoy scrolling through the photos I took on vacation, which are easy to find only because of their location metadata.
So why should I care?
In the wrong hands, metadata can be used for malicious purposes.
For example, let’s say you just met someone new, maybe from a dating site, and you’re interested in them. You take a few selfies at home and you send them via text. But before you can meet this person in person, things go sour and you end contact.
However, they have your photos, and with that, they could also have the metadata that can show where you live, work, eat or visit, depending on where you took the photos you sent. And for privacy reasons, that may make you uncomfortable.
You don’t have to worry about photos you upload to social networks
Fortunately for you, not all your photos or videos will contain location metadata, because it may have been wiped for you. For example, any photos or videos you upload to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media services have their EXIF data stripped, for privacy reasons. If someone downloads your photos from your social media accounts, there’s no way they can figure out your location from the metadata.
Prevent the addition of location metadata for every photo you take by disabling Location Services.
What else can I do to protect myself?
However, if your privacy concerns aren’t quelled by this metadata-stripping technique on your iPhone, you can always completely disable Location Services in your settings so that every single photo or video you take won’t have location metadata stored within:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap on Privacy -> Location Services.
3. Scroll down and tap on Camera.
4. Select Never.
Once Location Services are disabled for the Camera app, you’ll no longer see location metadata for the photos and videos you take.
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It’s not always a good idea to share the geotagged location data with your photos. Here’s how to remove it.
Most of the time, your iPhone’s ability to save locations alongside the photos you take is a great feature—you can search by cities and countries, create Memories in the Photos app, and more.
But you might not want to include that location data when you’re sharing your photos via iMessage or posting them to social media. Here’s how to remove geotags before you share.
Don’t Let Photos Reveal Your Location
When you bring up the share sheet for one or more photos in the Photos app, you’ll see all of the sharing destinations available on your iPhone: AirDrop, iMessage contacts, social media apps, and more.
Unless you tell it not to, the Photos app will send location data along with any photos and videos that contain it. You might want to share geotagged photos with a family member who’s in them, but you probably don’t want to broadcast that kind of information to all your social media followers.
You can manage the location settings on your iPhone so the Camera app can’t add geotags to future photos. But that also takes away the features that are available when your iPhone has that data—like iPhone Memories slideshows and search.
Instead, use the share sheet to remove the location from each photo as you share it.
How to Remove a Photo’s Location Data From the iPhone Share Sheet
At the top of the share sheet, find the bold text showing the number of photos and videos selected. Right beneath it, if the item you’re sharing contains location data, you’ll see one of the following labels displayed next to the Options button:
- A place name (for example, Brooklyn)
- Locations Included
- No Location
- Or nothing, just the Options button
In the Photos app on iPhone, you can find a Places album which allows you to see places on a map where your photos were taken. With the iPhone photo geotagging feature, your pictures appear on the map in the Photos app. Also when you export iPhone photos to computer or send them to other devices, the geolocation data will be carried over. They are saved in the photo’s EXIF metadata. Are you concerned about the possibility of people tracking your physical location using the pictures you post online? To tackle this problem, you can disable Geotagging on your iPhone, and/or block the access for people who you wouldn’t want to have access. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn off the geographic tagging for photos on iPhone and remove location information from iPhone photos.
Steps to disable GPS geotagging on iPhone
Tap into Settings, then choose Privacy >> Location Services. Find Camera app from the app list and toggle the switch to OFF. Now when you take photos, the location data won’t be saved with them.
The enabling or disabling of location service for the Camera app doesn’t affect those existing geolocation tagged pictures. Also if you use any third-party apps to shoot photos on iPhone, you might also need to disable location service for them in order to turn off the location tagging from your photos.
Check out below steps to view and edit the EXIF data of your photos, remove location information from photos on iPhone.
How to remove location data, GPS metadata from photos on iPhone?
In a related article, we discussed how you can view and edit metadata of iPhone photos using a image editor app. Load the geolocation tagged photo into the image editor on iPhone, you’ll see a screen like this.
Tap Metadata at the bottom, a list of various metadata types shows up.
Here you can remove the EXIF and GPS data from your photo. After that go to export the picture to your photo library without any location information tagged. You can go to delete the original geotagged photos from your iPhone.
In the naive early days of smartphone photography on devices with GPS or Wi-Fi-based approximate positioning, Apple and other operating system makers didn’t think about the implication of embedding coordinates in the metadata of the files when it came to sharing them.
Back in 2010, Mythbusters’ and Tested.com’s Adam Savage posted a picture of his car to Twitter, which at the time didn’t scrub geolocation information. Suddenly, people could find out exactly where he lived—and he wasn’t technically unsophisticated.
Twitter and other social networks got savvier after that and removed coordinates from photos along with additional identifying metadata, reserving geolocation as something that could be chosen and was clearly identified.
But when you share an image taken by the Camera app or other hardware or software that geotags images and videos via iOS, iPadOS, or macOS, you may inadvertently share that location even if you prefer not to. Here’s how to avoid that.
Photos for iOS and iPadOS
Apple added a way to remove location while sharing images and videos two years ago, even though it’s a little hard to spot:
- Open Photos.
- Select one or more images and tap the Share button.
- At the top of the sheet that appears, Apple shows in quite tiny text the number of images selected and “Options >”. Tap that target.
- The Location field is enabled under the Include label. Tap it to disable sending coordinates embedded in the photo or photos. You can also enable All Photos Data to send not just metadata but the entire history of editing and modifications stored for the image, enabling another Photos user to see and modify previous changes.
- Tap Done and then tap your sharing method.
In iOS/iPadoS 13 and 14, Location under Include is enabled by default; in current beta versions of iOS/iPadOS 15, it’s turned off.
Photos for macOS
It’s not quite so clear how to opt-out of location sharing in Photos for macOS.
You can use a global setting that uses language so far out of date you will be forgiven for not understanding its purpose. In Photos > Preferences > General, notice a checkbox at the bottom labeled “Metadata: Include location information for published items.” This description made more sense when Photos had add-ons that let you publish directly to Twitter, Facebook, and other services. With Apple’s shift to sharing services, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that “published items” means “items you’re sharing.”
Uncheck this box, and geolocation data is removed before an image is shared, copied out when you drag the image from Photos to the Finder or another compatible app, or exported when choosing File > Export. You can toggle it whenever and as frequently as you want.
You can also select one or more images and then choose Image > Location > Hide Location, which prevents the location from appearing in Photos and from being included in any sharing or exporting. This preserves the location, however, so you can restore the geotag by selecting the image and then choosing Image > Location > Revert to Original Location.
There’s one more way to suppress location from being included with media. Choose File > Export > Export Photo and uncheck the Location Information box. This option isn’t available for File > Export > Export Unmodified Original because it’s…an unmodified original you’re exporting!
The camera app on the iPhone and iPad collects geographic data of all the photos you take by default (though geotagging photos can be disabled on the camera). This is called geotagging, which essentially lets you know where exactly the photo was captured. Although this is a useful feature to have, considering how easily you can find specific photos from one of your trips by simply heading over to the Places section within the Photos app, it comes at the cost of privacy.
Sure, this might not be a deal-breaker if you’re just going to keep the photos to yourself. However, if you ever share these photos with someone you met on the internet or upload it to your public social media account, you’ll be giving away your location details as well with the shared photo. This is something that privacy conscious individuals may not prefer, but don’t start to get too worried because it’s pretty easy to avoid this.
Are you one of those iOS users looking to stop your device from sharing such information? This article will discuss how you can remove location data from photos before sharing on your iPhone and iPad.
How to Remove Location Data from Photos Before Sharing on iPhone & iPad
The option to remove your location data is located within the Share Sheet. However, this functionality is only available on the most recent iteration of iOS, so make sure your iPhone and iPad is running iOS 13 or later before going ahead with the procedure.
Head over to the stock “Photos” app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad, and open the photo that you want to share.
Now, tap on the “Share” icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen to bring up the Share Sheet.
Here, tap on “Options” right next to the location as shown in the screenshot below.
Now, simply use the toggle to disable location details for photo you’re sharing and tap on “Done” to exit the menu.
As you can see here, it now displays “No Location” for the selected photo. Now, if you share it with anyone via AirDrop or any social networking app, they wouldn’t be able to access the location details even if they tried.
That’s all there is to removing location data from your photos on iPhone & iPad as you share them. Although we were focusing on photos in this topic, this procedure applies to videos as well. You could select as many photos as you want before sharing, and remove the location data for all of them together.
If you don’t want geolocation data to ever be stored on your photos taken with iPhone or iPad, one way to get around this is to disable GPS geotagging of photos taken on iPhone through Settings so that the geographical data isn’t recorded every time you take a picture on your device. You can also go more extreme and disable location services in general though that’s not ideal.
Geotagging photos is useful for personal use but as mentioned before it can come at a privacy cost. For example, it’s easy to view geotagged photos shown on a map on the Mac or iPhone, whether they are your pictures or someone elses, so long as the geotagging data is kept with the photo. Aside from selectively not sharing location data as shown here, the other way around that is to disable location access for the Camera app within Privacy settings on your iPhone or iPad.
Did you remove location data from the photos you share people? What do you think of this photos privacy feature? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.
The photos and videos you take with your iPhone contain bits of information, known as metadata, including the location where they were taken. This metadata makes it easier for Photos to organize your media, but put these photos and videos in the wrong hands and anyone can find out where you live or work. Luckily, iOS 13 makes it easy to wipe the geotag from images and videos before sharing.
When someone shares a photo with geolocation coordinates tagged in the EXIF data, the recipient can use their Photos app to approximate where that photo was taken, whether it was at home, work, or elsewhere. Before iOS 13, there were several excellent solutions for removing geotags from photos and videos, such as disabling Location Services, taking a screenshot, and erasing or changing the GPS coordinates with a third-party app.
But with iOS 13, there is a native feature that allows you to remove the location from a photo or video or group of pictures and videos you want to share via Messages, Mail, AirDrop, Facebook, Messenger, Slack, etc. That way, you don’t have to worry about a stalker or creep finding out your location from your iPhone shots.
Step 1: Open Up the Share Sheet
Location removal is only available in the Photos app, so you must share media from Photos directly to remove geotags. So in Photos, find the album or section where your content is you want to share. If sharing a single image or video, open it, and tap the Share button. To share multiple photos and videos, tap “Select” in the album or section view, check them all, then hit the Share button.
Step 2: Remove the Location Data
At the top of the Share sheet, aka activity view, you’ll see either “Location Included” or “Locations Included.” In some cases, you may see the location itself. In my example, it says “London.”
Tap on the blue “Options” setting with the arrow at the top, then toggle off “Location” under the Include section in the modal view to remove the embedded location from the photo, video, or group of pictures and videos. Hit “Done,” and it will now say “No Location” at the top. Then just share the photos via your preferred app or service as you usually would.
Confirming That Location Data Was Removed
To view where a photo or video was taken, swipe up on it in the Photos app. If location is enabled, a map will appear with an approximation of where it was taken underneath Places (left screenshot). If you turn off the “Location” using this new feature and share the image or video, on the other device, no location data will appear (right screenshot).
It’s important to note that this feature only affects the photos and videos you send and not the ones on your device. The ones on your device will retain their location metadata, but the ones sent via text message or email or social network using this method will have the location wiped. Other metadata, such as time taken, device type, shutter speed, and aperture, will remain embedded in the photo or video.
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When you share a photo via email, iMessage or most other apps, you also send the location of that image. No big deal, right? You’re only sending pictures to people you know anyway. But what about when you sell something on a site like Craigslist or eBay? If you don’t manually remove location data from your pictures, anyone can see where you took your photo, which is probably your home.
Right away, anyone can see where you live, and what you have at home. You still might not care, but if you do, here’s how to remove all that information before you send a photograph. (You’ll also learn about an interesting quirk in iMessage.)
Remove location data from photos in iOS
Unlike on the Mac, where there’s a setting to remove location data from any photos you share, on iOS you must do it manually. This seems backward, because you’re way more likely to be sharing pictures from your iPhone — it comes with a great camera, after all.
Take your photo in the Messages app
The simplest way to avoid sending your location data in an iMessage is to use the Messages app to take the photo. If you snap a picture with the Camera app and then share it via iMessage, all the location data gets sent along with it. But if you take the photo inside the Messages app itself, using that crappy little thumbnail viewfinder, the photo’s metadata gets stripped before sending. You can confirm this by using a tool like Metapho (see below) to examine a photo you send to yourself.
Switch off all photo location data
This is the nuclear option. If you visit Settings>Privacy>Location Services>Camera, you can switch off location data for every single photo you take. However, that means you can’t view your own photos on a map, and so on.
I have a friend who does this, but I don’t think s/he really understands who can access the location data on their iPad. Location data is used for all kinds of neat photo-browsing and search functions, as well as Photos’ Memories feature, all of which are contained on your iDevice, not shared with Apple.
In some cases, though — like if you work in a secure facility where you need to take photos for work, but don’t want to ever accidentally share their location, or you’re a member of the White House staff visiting Russia — this option is probably a good one. You can even enforce it in the Restrictions settings of your iPhone or iPad.
Metapho removes metadata
For most of us, the best option is to use an app that strips the metadata from a photo as you send it. I use Metapho, an app for viewing and removing metadata from images.
Metapho works as a share extension. That is, it shows up when you tap the share arrow when viewing any photo (in the Photos app or elsewhere in iOS).
One great use of Metapho is to view all the information embedded inside a photo, from the location to the camera settings used to take it. In this way it’s like another Cult of Mac favorite, Exify.
Today we’ll use Metapho to strip this metadata. Doing so is dead easy. Just tap the share arrow to share a photo, then tap the Metapho icon in the resulting popover. Then, tap Metapho’s own sharing arrow, and choose Share Without Metadata. Now the standard iOS sharing panel pops up again, only this time your’re sharing a sanitized version of the picture: Here’s an image after Metapho cleans it up.
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That’s the same image, only with metadata removed.
Remove photo metadata on Mac
It’s easier to remove this extra information from photos on your Mac. There’s a setting in the Photos app preferences that allows you to automatically remove location data whenever you share a photo: On the Mac, one setting switches off location sharing for all photos.
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That includes dragging a picture out of Photos to save it on your desktop. If iOS had a similar setting, things would be a lot easier. I almost never want to include the location of my photos when I share them, but I always want to have that info available to myself. That’s how it works on the Mac, and it’s how it should work on the iPhone and iPad, too.
It is helpful to have more information about the photo you are taking on your phone and not just see the picture. Memories will flood on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer. But, knowing where and when you took the image and other details about it will add more value worth sharing. You get that nostalgic feeling after several days, weeks, months, or years you took the picture.
The Apple Photos app on your iOS or macOS device contains EXIF data that collates more information about your pictures. You will be able to know the GPS location where you took the image, and the time and date.
The EXIF data also includes other information such as the file size, the type of lens, shutter speed, focal length, and other details. If you are into the technicalities of your iOS device or camera, then the EXIF data has valuable information for you to organize your images.
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To locate the EXIF data on your Photos app, you need to open the image in your photo library. Select the info button or the letter I icon, and you will see the EXIF data there. While it is useful for many people, not everyone appreciates the known geographic location of their photos, especially if they want to share and post them online.
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How to Delete or Remove the GPS Location Data from your Photos on iPhone, iPad, or Mac Computer
Privacy is an utmost priority for most people when sharing photos and videos on social media platforms. Flaunting the location where you took your photo is not always a safe idea. If you don’t want to include the geolocation of your pictures, you can hide or remove it through your Photos app on an iOS or macOS device. You can always revert the location information back easily when needed.
- Launch your Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
- Look for the photo that you want to edit and tap to open it.
- Select the info button or the letter I icon.
- You will then see the information about your photo.
- Look for the map location of your picture.
- Below it, tap the Adjust button on iPhone with iOS 15 or later. For Mac users, tap the Image settings from the menu bar, then go to Location, and select Hide or Remove Location.
- Select No Location.
How to Revert Geolocation Details from Photos on iPhone, iPad, or Mac
If you want to revert the location details on your photos, it is always possible to do so using the same app on your Apple device.
- Go to the photo you want to edit on your Photos app.
- Tap the info button or the letter I icon.
- Select Add a location.
- On the top right corner, tap Revert. For Mac users, select the Image tab from the menu bar, go to Location, and select Revert to Original Location.
That’s it! You can try the method above for all the photos that you want to remove the location data. There is no way for you to do it all in one go. But you can do it on each of your pictures one at a time.
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If you recently updated your iPhone to iOS 15, we’d like you to do something for us. Open your Photos app, select an image, and swipe up. We’ll wait.
See all those numbers and terms? They’re new to iOS, or at least this method of viewing them is.
Maybe you’re familiar with metadata, maybe you’re not, but we could all use a quick refresher from time to time. When you take a picture with your phone, the device saves a bunch of other information beyond the actual image. Exchangeable image file (exif) data is a type of metadata specifically linked to photos, and it can include the date and time the picture was taken, its location, the camera make and model, and even specific settings. That’s what you see when you swipe up on a photo in iOS 15.
How to see exif data on an iPhone
Before iOS 15, the easiest way to view exif data on an iPhone was to engineer one of several workarounds, since your phone itself wouldn’t show you much. Now, it’s as easy as we described above: open Photos, select an image, and swipe up. You can also select an image and tap the information icon (an “i” in a circle) under the image to view the same data.
How to edit exif data on an iPhone
When you open up the data for a particular photo, you’ll have the option to enter a caption at the top. Just tap Add a caption and start typing. This can be helpful if you want to remember what something is, or make any notes about it.
Below that, you’ll see the day of the week, the date, and the time the photo was taken. Tap Adjust next to this information to, well, adjust it. This can be helpful if you downloaded or received a file from someone else and want it to have the correct date. Once you enter the adjustment menu, you’ll see the original date and time (which you can’t change), and the adjusted date and time. Tap through the calendar to select any date between Jan. 1, 1 (that’s not a typo, you can backdate images to centuries before cameras were invented) and Dec. 31, 10000. You can edit the time and time zone here, too. A tip for time zones: you won’t have much luck entering the name of a time zone, so enter the photo’s location instead.
You can’t edit the next set of exif data but we’ll tell you what it means, at least. It includes the camera make and model (Apple iPhone X, for example), the type of lens used (wide camera or telephoto, perhaps), the camera settings, the image resolution (in megapixels), its pixel dimensions, and the size of the file itself.
Finally, you’ll either see where the photo was taken, or an option to Add a location. If you want to add or change the picture location, tap this and type a place into the search box. Choose your preferred location from the options that appear. If you want to remove the location, tap Adjust, hit the X at the right side of the search box, and select No Location when it appears.
Other exif data on iPhone photos
If you receive an image from someone, it will come with its own metadata. If their phone links photos to a location, it will include that, and you can always delete it. If you want to ensure your phone doesn’t send out location data with photos, you can either edit it before sending an image to someone else, or turn it off entirely. To eliminate all location information, open the Settings app, tap Privacy, enter Location Services, and make sure both Camera and Photos are set to Never.
Finally, if you save an image from somewhere else on the internet, it will likely have basic information, such as “saved from Instagram” or “saved from Safari.” Screenshots will appear as “screenshot” with limited exif data.
Phew, we’re done. That’s a whole lot of info for one quick swipe.
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The problem is you can’t rely on social media to automatically remove location data from photos you post online.
If you want to strip the information manually, eg before posting or emailing, you can flip the switch in your camera settings or use an online service from your browser or download software to your computer to batch delete EXIF information. If you google “batch remove exif data” you’ll be able to select an app that suits you. They are generally quicker and easier to use than a full graphics software program. If you’re using your phone, go to the app store and search for “exif” to find apps that will quickly delete the information. ViewExif is a good one. Here’s a good article on removing EXIF data from an iphone.
Note: removing EXIF information does not mean the location of a photo you post cannot be found. There are other ways in which your location can be discovered from a photo.
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Remove Location Data Easily And Quickly
Every innovation has some advantages or disadvantages. It totally depends on how you see it or utilize it in the best possible manner. All the digital cameras, smartphone cameras, and camcorders are equipped with an inbuilt program to capture device information, Google location, date & time, metadata and other geographical information whenever we click an image.
What’s EXIF Data?
At the point when you snap a photograph on your iPhone or iPad, iOS naturally utilizes GPS to record the specific area of the shot. This is an immense comfort, as it helps you to list your numerous pictures and bifurcate them as per the definite area. It helps in selecting through and saving photographs of loved ones throughout the years.
When we keep photos for our records, it’s okay to keep the metadata and EXIF info however if you are sharing images or sending them to someone, it’s a wise decision to remove EXIF data.
A shared photo with EXIF data information on it can easily reveal your secrets. There are hundreds of apps available to fetch all the information associated with the photo. Even shared photos on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform can tell the story of the night as in where, when, who, what, why with which device you clicked that pic. I’m sure you don’t wish to share all those secrets on social networking platforms. Here is how you can remove all that information from each and every photograph you share.
Remove Geotag from Photo in iOS 13
iOS 13 is the latest version of OS that came with embedded privacy features. Apple increased its responsibility to security by adding new security measures wherein you can remove photograph Geotag information, location area data from any photo before sharing it with somebody. This new feature allows you to remove Geotag from photographs, audio, or different pictures and videos that you need to send via Mail, Messages, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, or other social networking application from your iPhone gallery. You may follow these steps to do that!
Step 1. Shoot your photograph or video as you regularly do with the Camera application.
Step 2. Find the photograph in your phone gallery that you wish to share.
Step 3. In case you’re simply sharing single or multiple pictures or videos, select it in the gallery, and tap on the Share button.
Step 4. At the point before sharing the photos, you’ll find a new ‘Options’ button on the top in iOS 13 only.
Step 5. Tap on the ‘Options’ button and on the next window, switch OFF the Location.
It is now safe to share photos or videos as the location and Geotag information will be removed before sharing. People can’t interpret the area location where it was shot. Note that the switch doesn’t record the selection and needs to be checked every time before you send a picture.
You need to know that this new feature only removes the location from the iPhone Photos application while sharing. Rest of the metadata information related to the picture like — time, shutter speed, gadget type, and aperture, stays with your photographs.
Remove Geotag from Photo in iOS 12 or Earlier Versions
Regardless of whether you have not yet upgraded to iOS 13, you can still disable your geolocation from pictures you post to people in general. In iOS 12, there are a couple of options that you can tweak to disable geotags from photographs and recordings.
Disable Location Services
Step 1. Open ‘Settings’ from your gadget’s home screen.
Step 2. Look down to discover the ‘Privacy’ section and tap on it.
Step 3. Tap on ‘Location Services’ option.
Step 4. Tap on the ‘Camera’ option.
Step 5. Tap ‘Never’ to disable capturing the Geotag location while using the camera of this device.
This activity prevents the Camera application from recording area data in your photos, so you can’t share what you don’t have. Yet, that strategy can be awkward on the off chance that you’d prefer to protect that metadata for individual use as well, regardless of whether you would prefer not to share it.
Use a Third-Party Application
Photos EXIF Editor (Windows + Mac)
Photos EXIF Editor is a speedy and easy program that allows you to remove GPS from photos, rapidly and effectively add, alter, or remove EXIF, XMP, IPTC metadata from one or many digital photos in one go. It is compatible with Windows 10 and earlier versions supporting (both 32-bit and 64-bit) OS. It is also compatible with MacOS. It is one of the best available EXIF data editor or remover depending on your requirements.
Photos EXIF Editor Features
Easy to erase metadata of one or many photographs at a time.
It’s anything but difficult to read, write or edit EXIF, IPTC, XMP metadata of one or all photographs.
It supports common picture formats like JPG, JPEG, PNG, and other RAW picture formats.
It takes a backup of original metadata information of all the photographs before editing.
You can save the pre-set settings to utilize them later on different pictures.
Restore metadata to its original settings as and when you need them back.
Add GPS geotag the location to all chose photographs in a couple of snaps.
Though iOS started giving the option to remove geotag from photos, just this option is not enough. Third-party software like Photos EXIF Editor is the best options to remove GPS from photos and edit metadata and EXIF information from your media. It’s always useful to add, edit, or remove EXIF data locations from media before sharing them on any social networking platform.
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TEXTING people photos snapped on your iPhone carries a big risk unless you have THESE settings changed.
That’s because your iPhone pictures contain hidden information that may share where you live, work and frequently visit.
It’s called metadata, and is stored within photos your send over iMessage – even those you send to strangers.
Here’s how to stop your iPhone from saving your location to your camera snaps so you can share them safely.
What is iPhone photo metadata?
Metadata is a hidden set of data that provides information about and describes files such as images, videos and documents.
When it comes to your iPhone photos, metadata is stored within the file about the time it was taken, the location of the shot and more.
It allows your mobile to sort your photos in chronological order, for instance, or by the places they were taken.
It also allows iOS to create video montages called “Memories” of your trips away, which are stored in the “For You” section of Photos.
The trouble is, that data remains stored on photos that you send over Apple services such as iMessage and AirDrop.
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It means someone else can easily read your metadata if you send them your snaps.
That means they can hunt down where you live, work or visit frequently in just a few taps.
You can tell your iPhone not to store metadata on images and videos in your device settings.
Fortunately, your location and other metadata is wiped from images uploaded to social media – so anything posted to Facebook or Instagram is secure.
How to remove location data from a photo
Under every image in your Photos, you can view the approximate location it was taken by swiping up.
Your iPhone will also tell you the time and date it was taken, the device it was taken on, the size of the file and more.
You can also read this data by tapping on the information (i) button underneath your photo.
Here’s how to remove location data from an image:
- Navigate to the photo of your choosing and swipe up
- Tap “Adjust” at the bottom right hand corner of the map
- Tap “No location” to remove the location metadata
How to turn off location metadata
You can also ask your iPhone not to record location data when you’re taking photos.
1. Open the Settings app
2. Tap “Privacy” > “Location Services”.
3. Scroll down and tap “Camera”.
4. Select “Never”.
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The camera roll on your device only uploads to OneDrive – it does not sync photos both ways. That means you can delete uploaded photos and videos from your device, and the copies in OneDrive won’t be affected.
To automatically upload your iPhone or iPad camera roll to OneDrive
In the OneDrive app, tap your account image:
Tap Settings then Camera Upload
Important: You can only upload your camera roll to one account at a time, so make sure you’re signed in with the account that you want to upload photos to. Tap the relevant account icon to switch accounts.
Turn on Camera Upload to automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive.
To make sure videos automatically upload, turn on Include Videos.
If camera upload isn’t working
If automatic camera upload isn’t working, or only some pictures are uploaded, follow these steps:
Apple recommend that customers leave the OneDrive app running in the background. Automatic uploading cannot work if the app has been Force Closed (double-tap Home and swipe up and away).
If you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, check your mobile OneDrive settings. If you want to use your mobile network, tap Settings, tap Camera upload, and then turn on Use Mobile Network.
If your camera upload is taking too long to set up or look for photos, without giving any error message, it could be because you have too many photos in your camera roll.
OneDrive cannot upload photos optimized for iCloud. To disable optimization, tap Settings > iCloud > Photos and uncheck Optimize Storage.
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Geotagging is a potential privacy and security risk. To protect your personal information, prevent iPhone photos from storing location information on new photos you take. Deleting geotagging information from new photos doesn’t delete it from older pictures you took with your phone. You need an app for that.
Instructions in this article apply to iOS 14, iOS 13, and iOS 12 but should work for older versions running on any iPhone.
How to Stop iPhone From Saving Your Location in Photos
To ensure that geotag information isn’t captured when you snap future pictures:
On the iPhone Home screen, select Settings.
Go to Privacy > Location Services.
If Location Services is grayed out, Screen Time restrictions may be enabled that prevent Location Services options from being changed. To lift the restriction, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Location Services > Allow Changes.
Tap Camera and then tap Never. This prevents geotag data from being recorded in future pictures taken with the iPhone’s built-in Camera app.
If other camera apps are installed on the phone, disable the location-saving feature in those apps.
Press the Home button to close Settings. Images you take going forward are not tagged with location information.
How to Remove Geotags From Older iPhone Pictures
Unless you previously disabled the iPhone’s location services for the camera app, photos you took with the iPhone have geotagged information embedded in the EXIF metadata saved with the photos and contained in the image files.
To remove the geotag information from photos on your phone, use an app such as deGeo or Pixelgarde. Use photo privacy apps to remove the location information contained in photos; some can delete location tags from more than one photo at a time.
Some social networking sites delete location information from images that are downloaded from the site or uploaded to the site from a phone. However, most social media sites let users add location information after images are uploaded, and that can be a bad idea.
Why Geotags Are a Potential Security Risk
If a picture of an item that is being sold online contains geotag information, potential thieves may find the location of the item. While you are on vacation, posting a picture that is geotagged confirms that you are not home. This information provides criminals with knowledge of your whereabouts, which could aid in a robbery or worse.
However, geotags are useful as long as you keep the images to yourself. You can plug them into third-party apps to do neat things such as see where on a map the pictures were taken or to remind yourself where you shot some photos.
How to View a Photo’s Location Information
You can see if a photo has geotagged information in its metadata through various apps and websites. Photo-location.net, Pic2Map, and Online Exif Viewer are examples of websites that can view an image’s location. XnViewMP works, too; it runs as a program from a computer. Google Photos shows image location on a map and can be used from any website.
Beyond those apps are other methods such as the iOS Shortcuts mini-app called “Where Was This Taken?”
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While adding a location to photos can help organize them, there are a number of reasons why you might not want a record of where you are in the photos you share. If keeping your location private is a problem, you can delete it before sharing your images with others. You can even go a step further and prevent your location from being associated with your photos and videos in the first place. If you frequently share photos without deleting locations, you’d better turn them off completely.
When you take a photo with your iPhone or iPad, the iOS Camera app uses GPS to automatically record the exact location where the photo was taken. This is a great time saver because it helps you organize your many photos by exact place and occasion. Helps in organizing photo shoots and keeping track of family and friends over time. Most of the time, photo location metadata is helpful, though not always.
You can share photos in various ways. You can send them directly from the Photos app or from other apps that manage photos, and you can add them to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, from different apps or browsers. Most of these apps remove location data from your photos, but you can never really be sure.
However, if you email or share photos from your Photos library, or want to be completely safe before posting photos in a public place, there are steps you need to take to remove location data from photos.
Share photos on iOS
If you share a photo from the Photos app on iOS, location data is included by default. You may want this to be the case, especially if you’re adding a photo to a shared library. But in some cases, you want to remove this location data.
- Select one or more photos, then tap the share button (that’s the little square with the arrow pointing up). At the top of the screen, tap Options.
- On the next screen, you’ll see a number of options, including Location; disable this.
- You’ll need to do this every time you share a photo; your iOS device does not remember this setting, nor is there a global setting to disable it.
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By default, iPhone records your Location Information on photos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone. However, it is easy to Turn OFF Geotagging for photos on iPhone and prevent your location information from being recorded on photos.
Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone and iPad
The Geotagging feature as available on most smartphones and digital cameras automatically adds Location, Date and other information to Photos and Videos.
The location information is stored on the photo’s EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data, along with other useful details like Date, Time, Camera model & make, Shutter speed, Focal length, ISO speed and other information.
The Location Data as recorded on the photographs is precise and pin-points the exact geographical location of the place where a particular photo was taken.
If you are concerned about this, you can either completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on iPhone or selectively enable or disable Geotagging for Photos on your device.
1. Completely Turn Off Geotagging for Photos On iPhone
All that is required to completely Turn Off the Geotagging feature on your iPhone or iPad is to go to prevent Location Data Access for the Camera App on your iPhone.
1. Open Settings on your iPhone > scroll down and tap on Privacy .
2. On the Privacy screen, tap on Location Services .
3. On Location Services screen, scroll down and tap on Camera .
4. On the next screen, tap on Never to completely Turn OFF Geotagging for Photos on your iPhone.
This setting will prevent Geotags from being recorded on all photos and videos that you take using the Camera on your iPhone.
2. Selectively Enable or Disable Geotagging For Photos on iPhone
Instead of completely disabling Geotagging for Photos, you can make the Camera App on your iPhone to prompt you to Enable or Disable Location information on a case by case basis.
1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset .
2. On the Reset screen, tap on Reset Location & Privacy option.
3. If prompted, enter your Passcode in order to make this change.
The above steps will Reset Location and Privacy Settings for all the Apps on your device.
Now when you use the Camera on your iPhone, you will be prompted to either Enable or Disable Location information, every time you open the Camera App on your iPhone.
Photos you take on iPhone have the location details of where they have taken. The location details may get shared when you share the photo with others. If you don’t wish to reveal the exact location of a photo, you can easily modify the geotag change photo geolocation before sharing.
Let’s explore a couple of methods that explain how to change the location data for the photos on your iPhone.
Change Photo Location on iPhone
While taking photos on iPhone, the location of the photo is also stored. This makes it easier for you to find all the photos you took from an exact location. Plus, you can easily sort photos based on location.
Do you feel like you don’t wish to reveal the exact location of the photo with others? For example, if the metadata of your photo contains some personal information like your building name, number, etc, then you can modify it so that it contains only the city, state, or area in which the image is taken.
In case any of the photos you took on the iPhone has wrong location data (or you just wish to change it), let’s see how we can change the photo geotag of a picture on iPhone. Make sure you have the latest iOS update (iOS 15 or newer) to edit photo geolocation on your iPhone.
- Open any photo you want to change the location details on iPhone.
- Tap Information icon (i) located below the photo.
- Next, tap on the small thumbnail on the map showed at the bottom.
- Tap Edit on the top right to modify the geolocation of the photo.
- Now, search and add a location from the next screen.
- Once you select the location, go back to save the new geolocation for the iPhone photo.
However, in this method, you cannot add the geotag of multiple photos at the same time. Read along to find out how you can change multiple photos geotag at once.
Edit Photo Geolocation for Multiple Photos on iPhone
In case you want to change the geotag for multiple photos at once, you are at the right place. As of iOS 15, your iPhone can now edit photo location data for multiple photos at once. To edit multiple photo locations,
- Launch Photos app and tap Albums.
- Tap Select on the top right and select all the photos you need to edit the geolocation.
- Tap Share icon located at the bottom.
Now, your changes are saved automatically and this new location data will be sent when you share the photo with others. Likewise, you can edit or change location data for as many photos as you like using your iPhone.
Add Missing Geotag for Any Photo on iPhone
Whenever Location Sharing is enabled for the Camera app on your iPhone, the location data will get added by default. In case you missed turning on the location while capturing photos, you can easily add the geotag for any photo by browsing the images stored on your iPhone by following the below steps.
- Launch Photos app and select the photo for which you need to add the location.
- Tap Information (i) icon located on the bottom.
That’s it. By following the same steps, you can add the location information for as many images as you need.
Remove Location Data Before Sharing Photos on iPhone
Whenever you take photos on your iPhone and the location-sharing is turned on, then the location data will be stored on the metadata for that photo. However, if you don’t wish to share the location information to protect your privacy, then you can remove the data before sharing photos with others via Email, Whatsapp, or other platforms.
- Open Photos app and select the photo that needs to be shared.
- Tap Share icon displayed below the image.
- Tap Options at the top of the sharesheet.
Now, you can share your photos with anyone without bothering about the location information as it has been successfully removed. By doing this, your iPhone will remove the location from the shared copy of the photo only. The original photo on your iPhone will still have the geotag on the photo. If you wish to permanently remove location data from the photo, you can follow our guide to remove the location from iPhone photos.
Well, adding geotag to your photos will help you to easily keep track of the places you had visited in a year or over a period of time. It will also come in handy if you wish to edit photo geolocation on your iPhone without any apps.
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“How to change photos location of an iPhone? I have heard the iOS 15 offers to fix the media metadata enabling the users to change the photo or video location. How to perform iOS 15 change the location of photos or videos?”
Metadata is an essential aspect of any media file, no matter photo or video. However, previously, the users had to use third-party apps to manage an image or video’s location and other internal information. Now, with the new iOS 15 update, you can easily change photos location. This article will share how to manage the location settings of your iPhone media files.
How Do I Change The Location of My Photos on iPhone?
Location sharing has never been easier. Instead of just removing the location information from a photo or video when you share it, now users can change the details and add precise specifications quickly. Here’s how you can change the location of your photos on iPhone.
- Open the Photos app and from the gallery, select the photo whose location you wish to edit.
- Once you are able to view the photo, simply click on the information (i) icon.
- From there, you will see all the required information on the media files, including the time it was created and the location.
- Look at the bottom of the information display, where the Maps preview is available.
- Simple press the Map, and tap on the Edit option available on the top-right corner.
- Enter the location into the search bar, and select the corrected version under the Map Locations tab.
- After exiting the photo editing location interface, you will notice that the location has been changed from the Map preview.
How to Remove Location Data Before Sharing Photos on iPhone?
You may want to hide your location when sharing photos and videos. Luckily, this is an easy option that only takes a few clicks! Here’s how you can remove location data before sending or sharing the media files with others.
- Access the Photos app on your iPhone.
- Next, select the photo or video you want whose metadata you want to alter before sharing.
- Once you open the file, tap on the Share icon, and if there is a message stating “Location Included,” then press Options.
- Under the Include tab, disable Location.
- Press Done to finalize the settings.
If you find the solution mentioned above complicated, then check out the next method, which is much simpler to apply compared to the first one. The steps are as follows.
- From the iPhone Settings, tap on Privacy, and select the Location Services option.
- Tap on Camera, and press the Never option.
- That’s it!
Quick Tip: How to Spoof the GPS Location of Photos?
One way to hide where you are is by tricking your phone into thinking that it’s somewhere else. This can be done in a variety of ways, but most people just change their GPS location, and all apps will think they’re at an unknown place when really being located somewhere close by, like home or work (and probably not too far from there).
Still, you will need a reliable program to perform the spoofing process. It is where the iToolab AnyGo software comes in to provide much-needed assistance. It not only provides an intuitive interface, but you can also choose where you wish to teleport your iPhone virtually. Besides, the handy tool enables you to jump to multiple locations at once, tricking the Photos app.
The method to change photos location with iToolab AnyGo is straightforward. You can learn the solution by following the steps stated here.
Step 1: Firstly, install AnyGo on your desktop. Next, connect the iPhone with the same system, and launch the software. As soon as the interface is displayed, hit the Start option.
Step 2: AnyGo will share your iPhone’s present location on its interface. If the provided info is correct, then move on to the next step. If not, click on the Center On to correct the location.
Step 3: Now, you need to enter where you wish to teleport with AnyGo. For that, click Teleport and enter the preferred location. Then, click on Search.
Step 4: Finally, as soon as AnyGo displays the new location, click on GO to jump there virtually and trick the iPhone photos app.
People Also Ask about iOS 15 Change the Location of Photos or Videos
There could be some queries that could pop up into the user’s mind who have recently installed the new iOS 15 update. The answers to such questions are listed here.
Q1: How do I change the date on my photos?
Here is how you can change the date of your photos on iPhone:
- Open the Photos app, and select the image from the list.
- Tap on the “i/information” icon, and select the Adjust option to change the photo date.
- Lastly, tap on Done to finish the settings.
Q2: How to geotag photos already taken?
You can geotag the already taken photos by opening the Photos app and selecting the images. After that, tap on the “I” icon and select Adjust to change the location. Finally, press Done to end the process.
Enabling the location settings on the iPhone is helpful, as it lets you remember where the photo or video was taken, under what circumstances. However, suppose you wish to do iOS 15 change the location of photos or videos for privacy reasons. In that case, using iToolab AnyGo, which spoofs your location instantly, is highly recommended.
Your phone usually bundles the location information in the photos and videos you capture. When you share them with others, the location data is also shared alongside, leaving your privacy at risk. Thankfully, we have several ways to remove location data from photos and videos on Android & iOS. Besides, you can also stop your camera from saving the GPS location in photos and videos. Read on.
Remove Location Data from Your Photos & Videos
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The photos and videos you capture have additional information in the form of metadata, called EXIF data. It usually contains the camera’s make and model, date, photo information like ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc., and potentially the GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken.
These images and videos, when shared with others, can reveal your location data. Your privacy could be at risk, especially if someone having a grudge against you gets hold of your location. Now, many social media sites automatically strip-down EXIF data, but you never know which ones do and which ones don’t.
Therefore, to protect yourself and your privacy, you must follow the guide below to remove the location and other data from your photos and videos. We’ve also mentioned how you can completely stop your phone from storing GPS location data.
Remove Location from Photos & Videos on Android
1] Using Third-Party Apps
I. Photo Metadata Remover (Only for Photos)
- Download and install Photo Metadata Remover on your phone.
- Open the app and click on “Choose Photos.”
- Select all the photos from which you want to remove the location data.
- Now, select the Output folder where you want to save these photos.
Once you select the destination folder and allow storage access, the app will strip down metadata, including GPS location coordinates from all the selected photos. You can now share these photos with others without worrying about your privacy.
You can also remove location data in bulk using the “Choose a folder” option.
II. EXIF Pro (Photos & Videos)
- Download and install EXIF Pro- Exif Tool for Android on your phone.
- Open the app and allow storage access.
- Select the photos and videos from the photo library. You can use the grid icon to sort photos and videos.
2] Using Google Photos
- Visit photos.google.com in your browser.
- Open the photo you want to remove GPS data from.
- Tap the Info button at the top.
- On the sidebar at right, click the Edit button next to location information.
- Next, select No location at the location information will be removed from the photo or video.
3] Using the Gallery App (OneUI 3.0)
With the Galaxy S21-series, Samsung has also unveiled new features in the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software. We now have a new privacy-centric feature that lets you remove location data from a photo before sharing it.
- Launch the Gallery app.
- Open the photo you want to share.
- Click the Share button.
- Select Remove Location Data under the picture preview in the Share screen.
Doing so will remove the location data, including the latitude and longitude, from the photo. As of now, this feature is exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S21-lineup. However, it’s expected to arrive soon on other Samsung phones.
Remove Location from Photos & Videos on iOS (iPhone/ iPad)
iOS comes with a handy toggle to turn off location and other data while sharing photos and videos with other people. If you have an iPhone or iPad, below is how you can remove location data from your photos and videos.
- Launch the Photos app on your iPhone and iPad.
- Select the photos and videos you’d like to share.
- Click the Share button at the bottom left.
- Click the Options at the top in the share menu.
- On the next screen, turn off the toggle for Location.
You can also turn off “All Photos Data” if you don’t want to share any other metadata along with your photo.
Stop Your Phone’s Camera from Saving GPS Location Data
The camera app on almost all Android phones offers an option to stop saving GPS location tags with pictures and videos. All you need to do is open your camera, go to Settings, and turn off the option for “Save Location” or “Location tag.”
That’s it. The photos and videos captured from now onwards will no longer contain GPS data. And you don’t have to worry about revealing the location to others while sharing the media.
On iOS (iPhone/ iPad)
There’s no direct toggle to disable geotagging in photos on iOS. However, you can turn off “Location services” while clicking pictures to stop the camera from saving GPS data. Alternatively, you can disable location access for the camera app, as follows.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Navigate to Privacy > Location Services.
- Here, scroll down and tap Camera.
- Change access to Never.
This was all about how you can remove location data from photos and videos on your Android and iPhone. We’ve also mentioned how you can stop your camera app from geotagging the images. This will surely help you secure your privacy by not revealing your location to others while sharing photos. If you’re looking for additional ways, here’s more on how to Remove Location and Other Data from your Photos.