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How to Remove Location Data from Photos on iPhone and Mac

It’s so easy to share photos on social media, but did you know that the location information is recorded in the pictures you took?

This can be a potential threat to your privacy.

Why? It’s because of geotags. Geotags are the geographical metadata added to your photos. By default, the Camera app on your iPhone records geographic data, along with other metadata when you take a picture on your iPhone.

This is perfect when you want to look for photos by location, but it isn’t always great when sharing photos on social media such as Facebook or Instagram.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of sharing photos with geotag data written into the files, you can remove the information to protect your privacy.

In this tutorial, you will learn two easy ways to remove the sensitive location info from your photo files.

How to know if a picture has location data on your iPhone

To check if a photo has been geotagged, you can:

1. Go to Photos.
2. Open the photo you want to check.
3. If the photo has geographical information, the location shows above the photo.
4. You can swipe up the photo and see Places. Under this section is the specific location of where the photo was taken.
5. If the photo doesn’t have the location data, you will only see the date and time above the photo, and there’s no Places section.

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How to check the location information on your Mac

If you’ve transferred photos from your iPhone to your Mac, you can:

  1. Double click the photo to launch Preview.
  2. Press Command + I or go to Tools > Show Inspector to launch Inspector.
  3. Select the “i” icon to see the information panel.
  4. If the photo has geographical information, you can see a GPS tab. Click the tab to see the geotag. If you the photo isn’t geotagged, you won’t see the GPS tab.Check GPS data in Preview - How to Remove Location Data from Photos on iPhone and Mac

How to turn off geotagging on your iPhone

To disable your iPhone from tagging the location data when you take a picture, you can:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Location Services.
  4. Look for Camera and tap on it.
  5. Tap “Never” under “Allow Location Access”.
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You can leave the geotagging turned on if you want to view and search photos by location. You can easily remove the geotags on your iPhone or Mac.

One thing to note is that disabling the location services for the camera app doest not remove the geotag information from photos you’ve already taken. You need to strip the geotag information from photos that were already on your iPhone.

You can strip the geotag information from existing photos by using an photo privacy app.

How to remove geotags from photos on your iPhone

You need to download a third-party app from the iTunes App Store to remove the location information of the photos on your iPhone. When it comes to sharing a photo, you can choose to strip the geotag from the photo. Here are some apps that can help you with that:

  1. deGeo (paid)
  2. Koredoko (free)
  3. Metapho (free)
  4. Photo Investigator (free)

How to remove geotags from photos on your Mac

If you want to strip the location information from a photo on your Mac, you can:

    1. Double click the photo to launch Preview.
    2. Press Command + I or select Tools > Show Inspector to launch Inspector.
    3. Select the “i” icon > GPS.
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If you need to remove location information from more than one photo at a time, you can use ImageOptim for batch processing. ImageOptim is a tool to compress images and remove the recorded metadata (EXIF data). It’s one of my favorite tools on my Mac. I use ImageOptim to process all the images before uploading them to my blog. You can use ImageOptim to remove the geographical location from your photos.

How to use ImageOptim to batch strip location data:

  1. Download ImageOptim to your Mac.
  2. Double click ImageOptim to launch the program.
  3. Select all the images you want to process, and drag them to the ImageOptim window.

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When ImageOptim finishes processing these images, you will see the green ticks left to the image. The processed images will no longer have any EXIF data. You can view the images in Preview to double check if the GPS information has been removed.

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