Removing Location Data From iPhone Photos

March 16, 2015

Removing Location Data From iPhone Photos

Privacy is important to me. For that reason, I don't share certain information online. I especially don't like posting my location or where I'm checking in on Facebook or other social media sites.

I know lots of folks who don't agree with my thoughts on this issue. I know people who happily post step-by-step as they are leaving to go out for the night or even heading out of town. I don't do that. It's an issue of privacy but also an issue of safety. For example, I just don't feel comfortable letting the world know that my house is possibly unoccupied.

This reticence extents to the information attached to my photos. I don't like disclosing location data when I share my photos online. So wherever I include a photo for an article here, I use the Photoshop Save for Web option and strip out all the metadata from my images before I upload them.

But I don't typically use Photoshop when it comes to personal photos that I share on Facebook and other social media sites because I usually upload those directly from my iPhone or iPad. But I still want to keep my location data to myself.

So what do you do if you want to be sure that your location isn't included in the metadata of the photos that you post online? Here are a couple of options.

Turn off Location services on your iPhone or iPad

You can deal with the issue up front by disabling your iPhone or iPad's location services to prevent geotag information from being captured when you snap a photo.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Settings > Privacy > Location Services
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  2. Once in Location Services, you will see a list of apps. Tap on the Camera app and choose Never.
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  3. If you have more than one camera app, repeat this process for each. For example, I use the Camera+ app in addition to my iPhone's native camera app. So I also need to change the setting for Camera+. To do this, I'll tap on the Camera+ app and choose Never.
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With this done, location data will be excluded from all future photos taken on your iPhone or iPad.

By the way, you can prevent your location from appearing in your status updates or posts on Facebook by disabling Location Services for Facebook. To do this, again choose Settings > Privacy > Location Services and then click on Facebook from the list of apps. Then choose Never from the options shown.

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Remove Location Data From Photos On Your iPhone Or iPad

As mentioned above, turning off Location Services on your phone only stops geotagging on future photos. So data information will still be stored on images from the past. Beyond that, if you like knowing where you've taken a photo, you may not want to Remove Location Data.

In either case, you can still keep location data private by removing the geolocation data before sharing your photos. There are a number of apps that will do this for you, right from your iPhone:

Of these apps, I've used deGeo and Koredoko and they both do the job. Below, I'll show you how.

How To Use deGeo To Remove Location Data

DeGeo is my go to favorite app for removing the metadata on images before sharing them.
  1. Launch the application and allow it to access photos on your iPhone.
  2. With the application open and accessing your photos:

    • You can open a photo by tapping on the Plus sign at the bottom of the interface. You can select up to eight photos at once.
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      Or, if you already have a photo opened, you can swipe up to move it back to the photo library and select new ones.

    • You can view the metadata for an image by either swiping left or tapping on the right-most icon at the bottom of the interface.

      When you do, a panel will open along the right side of the interface, displaying any geolocation data included in the photo metadata. So there, you will see the address and GPS Coordinates (the latitude and longitude) of the location where the photo was taken. You'll also see that location marked on a map.

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    • You can quickly open the last photo taken by shaking the phone.

    • Swiping right opens the app menu where you access, among other items, the Help screens.
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    • Finally, to share a photo, stripping the location data first, swipe down or tap the center Share button at the bottom of the screen.
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How to use Koredoko to Remove Location Data from iPhone Photos

Koredoko is useful for managing and viewing image metadata. As for sharing images, I don't it as often as deGeo because I find that it can be a bit unstable at times.

You'll need to enable the extension option in this app to be able to use it to remove metadata and share images. The app and extension are free, but you'll need to pay $3.99 for the extension if you want to use it without ads.

  1. Launch the application and allow it to access photos on your iPhone.
  2. To access the Photo Library, tap on the List icon in the bottom left corner of the interface.
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  3. Scroll to find the photo that you want to share. Then click on the small blue i just to the right of that photo. When you do, a window will open, showing the GPS data for that image.
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  4. To share the photo, tap on the Share button found at the top right of the app interface.
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    A dialog box will open, giving you a choice of options for saving the photo.

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    Select Save without Metdata and the location data will be stripped from the image before it is saved back to the Photo Library.

    With the geolocation data removed from the photo, you can share it as you normally would.

Remove Location Data From Photos On Your Computer

The following options will work if the photo that you want to share is on your computer.

Use the Photoshop/Photoshop Elements Save For Web Option

You can use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to remove the metadata from photos before sharing them.

  1. Open the photo in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. In Photoshop Elements, you can open the file in any of the three Editor (Quick, Guided, Expert) workspaces.
  2. Choose File > Save for Web from the top menu bar.
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  3. Photoshop Elements

    Using the Save for Web option automatically strips away all photo metadata.

    To complete the process, choose a File format (GIF, JPEG, PNG-8, or PNG-24) and then make choices for any available options—Image quality, size, etc. Then click on the Save button at the bottom of the Save for Web dialog box to save the file to a location of your choosing.

    1. Photoshop

      The process in Photoshop is very similar to that in Elements. But where Elements automatically removes all metadata, Photoshop gives you a few choices in terms of metadata that you would like to retain in the saved photo.

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    Use Preview To Remove Location Data (Mac Only)

    The Preview app that comes onboard the Yosemite version of OS X can remove GPS data from your photos. Here's how.

    1. Open the photo in Preview.
    2. Choose Tools > Show Inspector from the top menu bar.
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    3. Tap on the More Information (i) tab. If the photo contains location data, you will see a GPS submenu there.
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    4. To strip the location data, click on the Remove Location Info button at the bottom of the Inspector window.
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    5. With that done, you can upload and/or share the photo as you normally would.

    Use Windows Explorer/File Explorer To Remove Location Data (Windows Only)

    Removing location data is quick and easy in Windows.

    1. Find the photo that you want to share in Windows Explorer/File Explorer.
    2. Select the photo and then right-click and select Properties from the drop down menu.
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    3. To view the metadata attached to the image, click on the Details tab of the Properties dialog box. To remove that metadata, click on the Remove Properties and Personal Information button at the bottom of the dialog box.

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      The Remove Properties dialog box will open. There, you can click to save a copy of the image with all data removed. Or, you can choose the second option, Remove the following properties from this file, and then check the data items you want to delete.

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