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Remove Location Data from Photos on iPhone/Mac Step by Step

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

iBoysoft author Jessica Shee

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Jessica Shee


Every picture you take on your iPhone will have location information added automatically if you've enabled Location Services for the camera. You can view the Places album on your iPhone or other Apple devices associated with the same iCloud account. It is a good way to find all photos for a specific vacation or event.

However, you might not want others to know where these photos were taken, especially if you share them on social media. This is because you never know when a stranger or even a possible criminal might find out where you live or where you currently are.

This article will guide you through how to remove location data from photos on your iPhone and Mac to protect your privacy.

What is location data on photos?

Location data is metadata that provides information about the precise geographic location where a photo was taken, including the GPS coordinates, altitude, and time stamp of the location. It is commonly included in the photo's EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) file.

If you have turned on GPS for your iPhone's camera, your iPhone will automatically embed GPS information within the pictures. How to check the geolocation information of a photo? Open a photo and click the information button at the bottom of your screen. When you click the location, Google Maps will display a pinpoint along with the photo's coordinates.

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How to remove location data from iPhone photos

This part tells you how to delete location data from a photo on iPhone when sharing them with others and how to completely disable geotagging for iPhone photos. You can follow the same process on iPad.

Remove location data from photos when sharing photos

1. Select one or more photos in the Photos app.

2. Tap the Share button.

3. At the top of the window that appears, tap Options.

Remove location data from photos on iPhone

4. Switch off the Location.

5. Tap Done and then tap your sharing method.

Turn off photo location on iPhone

1. Go to Settings > Privacy on your iPhone.

iPhone privacy settings

2. Tap Location Services.

3. Scroll down to tap Camera.

Location Services on iPhone

4. Select Never.

Turn off location services for iPhone camera

 Note: By following this procedure, your iPhone will no longer geotag future pictures. The GPS location information on already-taken images cannot be deleted.

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How to remove location data from photos on Mac

You can also remove location data from photos on a Mac computer. There are two methods to get rid of the geographic information of a photo on Mac - using the Preview app and the Photos app.

Remove location details from a photo with Preview

1. Double-click to open the image on your Mac with the default Preview app.

2. Click Tools from the top menu bar and select Show Inspector.

Remove location data from photos on Mac with Preview

3. Click the information icon to see the More Info window.

4. Click the GPS tab and click Remove Location Info.

Remove location info from photos on Mac

Remove location information from the Photos app

If the photo you want to remove the location information from is stored in your Photos app library, you need to erase location data from photos in the Photos app.

1. Open the Photos app and select the picture on your Mac.

2. Click Image from the top menu bar and select Location > Hide Location.

Hide location data from photos on Mac

Alternatively, you can remove GPS location data from pictures by exporting them from the Photos app to your Mac.

1. Open the Photos app and select one or more pictures.

2. Click File from the top menu bar and select Export > Export [number] photo.

3. Uncheck the box for Location Information.

Export photos from Photos app without location information

4. Click Export, select a destination for the photo, and click Export.

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Wrapping up

As you can see, the location data on photos is very precise. It can raise privacy and security concerns, as it can reveal sensitive information about a person's whereabouts and activities. It is necessary to remove GPS location data in photos before sharing them.

This article tells you how to erase location information from iPhone photos and images on Mac. Try the methods now.