How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

The number of people who use a digital camera for their snapshots is steadily declining, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a market. If you have a camera that doesn’t automatically geo-tag your photos, you can do so manually with Apple’s Photos app.

Normally, when you take a picture on your smartphone, be it an iPhone or Android device, it will usually tag your photo with your location. It’s actually very precise, too, which is why many choose to disable geotagging, and remove any personal information before uploading photos to the Internet.

In the following photo, a delicious smooothie-to-be is tagged with its location. To see this information in Apple’s Photos app on the Mac, first select a photo and then use Command+I to pull up its metadata, which includes the name of the image, date, size (dimensions and file), and much more. You can also add a description, faces, and more.

Down at the bottom is the location data.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

Here’s another photo used with a “dumb” digital camera. Because this camera has no GPS capabilities, it didn’t tag the photo with any location data. We can assign a location if we want, however, by clicking on “Assign a Location” at the bottom.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

It’s not necessary to type in the whole name. You can simply type a few letters or the first word, which will let you choose from a dropdown list.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

Once you’ve settled on a place (it won’t be pinpoint accurate unless you know the exact address), then you can hit “Enter” and it will automatically be saved to your photo.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

This is great, but what if you want to tag multiple photos? After all, it’s doubtful you went on vacation and only took a handful of shots. You probably snapped hundreds.

It’s as easy as you’d imagine. First select your group of photos. You can click and drag to “lasso” a group, use the Command key to select multiple photos, or use the Shift key to choose a range.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

As you can see in our info panel, we’ve selected three photos. We can now add pertinent information such as a title (vacation, business trip, or something more descriptive), keywords, and of course, location.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

Again, in the “Assign a Location” section, we just need to type a few letters of the location name and choices will appear in a dropdown list. Since we’ve selected multiple photos, we’ll add the location information to all of them rather than having to do each one at a time.

How to geotag photos in apple’s photos app

As of now, you can only add geo-tag information to Photos on OS X, so if you try to do it on Photos for iOS, you won’t be able to edit the metadata at all, let alone the location information.

An app called GeoTagr will do the trick on iOS, but since your iPhone or iPad already geo-tags photos by default, you may not be super anxious to tag all your dumb camera photos since it’s so much easier to do so on your Mac.

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Add GPS locations to your photos right on your iPad using any GPX file to geotag images imported with our Camera Connection Kit. Try 2 trips for free and then unlock the full app for a one-time fee.

Note: Geotag Photos Tagger works with iCloud Photo Library. Other apps might not reflect the added GPS Location.

With Geotag Photos Tagger you’ll be able to add locations to your images directly on your iPad. Simply import photos from your camera to the iPad using the Camera Connection Kit, load your trip and the app automatically applies the location to each picture. Geotag Photos Tagger supports both jpeg and RAW.

Geotag Photos Tagger displays the entire trip route on the map along with photo thumbnails. This helps you to see, that GPS data correctly match your photos.

Use any GPX file recorded by third party apps or event hardware GPX logger. You can import any GPX file right from Dropbox or iCloud.

Geotag Photos Tagger fully integrates with our award winning Geotag Photos Pro. Record the entire trip with Geotag Photos Pro app on your phone and add GPS locations to images right on the iPad. Geotag Photos Tagger imports all trips uploaded to your Geotag Photos account.

GPX files can be sometimes recorded with a wrong time or time zone, but with Geotag Photos Tagger you can still geotag your images. The precise time zone offset feature lets you set the time difference to ensure that the locations applied to your images are perfectly accurate.

Geotag Photos Tagger currently works with the iCloud Photo library, automatically syncing your images to all your devices. You can geotag your pictures on the iPad and then find them geotagged on the Mac as well.

Other apps might not reflect the added GPS Location. Due to limitations of the iOS8 and iCloud Photo Library, it isn’t possible to copy geotagged images via a USB cable.

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Download the app and see how Geotag Photos Tagger fits with your workflow. You can use the app for 2 trips (GPX files) with an unlimited number of photos.

If you love it, then all you have to do is unlock the full app for one-time fee.

If you choose not to unlock the full app, the Geotag Photos Tagger will continue to work as a trip journal, just without location written on your images. So whichever option you choose, you get a trip journal out of the deal either way!