The exchangeable image format, also known as EXIF, is a set of data attached to each image you take. Nowadays, most cameras and smartphones have added basic parameters such as the mode in which the photo is taken, shutter speed, ISO, aperture data, and sometimes even the location of the photo. This brings up a peculiar problem-when you click on a picture of a beautiful bird perching on the window sill of a house, your camera will automatically add the location of the picture, and when you share it with others online, it may show Your home address. When uploading, most social networks (such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) delete all this data from the photo. However, when sharing your photos via email or cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox, the data is still present in the photos. To protect your privacy, it is best to delete EXIF data from the image. This is how you do it.
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How to view, edit and delete EXIF data (including location) on Android
Please follow the steps below to view EXIF data on your Android smartphone.
- Open Google Album on your phone-if needed, install it.
- Open any photo and click I icon.
- This will display all the EXIF data you need.
To delete EXIF data from photos, you need a third-party application, such as EXIF eraser. After installing the app, follow the steps below.
- Turn on the EXIF eraser.
- Tap Select the image and delete EXIF.
- Select an image from the library. The app will show you all its EXIF data and tell you to delete it.Tap it is good.
We tried some apps that allow you to edit EXIF data and provide fine control over the EXIF data you can delete, but they are all perfect for us.
If for some reason, you don’t want the location data saved in the image to be less difficult to prevent your Android phone from doing this. Please follow the steps below to prevent Android phones from saving photos to a location:
- Open the camera app on your Android device and click Gear icon. Every phone is different because there is no standard camera app on all Android devices.
- Close afterwards Save location data To prevent geotagging of photos. The wording of this option may be slightly different, but it is available in the camera app of almost all Android phones.
How to view, edit and delete EXIF data (including location) on Windows
Windows has a very good native metadata editor that allows you to quickly view images or delete EXIF data from images. This is what you need to do.
- Go to the folder where the image is located.
- right click Image>Click Property.
- Click on detail label.
- Please click Delete property and personal information.
- Then you can click Create a copy in which all possible attributes are deleted Remove the photo copy of the EXIF data.
- Or you can edit the metadata with a single click Remove the following attributes from this file.
- When you are done, click it is good.
To delete EXIF data in bulk, you will need a third-party application, such as IrfanView. Please follow the steps below to complete the work.
- Download IrfanView, then download all IrfanView plugins. Are installed.
- turn on IrfanView then press B On the keyboard. This will open the batch conversion menu in IrfanView.
- On the right, select all the images you want to process and click plus The button below.
- On the left, click Option with Uncheck The following three options Keep original EXIF data, Keep original IPTC data with Keep original JPG comments.
- Please click Start batch After selecting the directory, you want to output files in it. Now, all photos will be removed EXIF data.
How to view and edit EXIF data, including location on macOS
On macOS, the “Photos” app has more functions than on iOS. The app allows you to view EXIF data and delete location data from images. However, it does not allow you to edit or delete all the parameters of EXIF data. Please follow the steps below to view EXIF data on Photos in Mac OS and delete location data.
- turn on photo For macOS.
- Open the image you want to edit.
- Tap I The button in the upper right corner. You can view the EXIF data in the photo here, and add descriptions and keywords as needed.
- You can delete location data from photos in the following ways: image In the top bar and click position > Hide location.
- You can also click to edit the date and time on the photo image > Adjust date and time.Change the time and date and click Adjustment.
To completely delete EXIF data, you will have to rely on third-party applications such as ImageOptim. This is how to do it.
- Download ImageOptim.
- Click on + Icon, and then select the image from which you want to strip the EXIF data. You can also select multiple images.
- The application will automatically delete EXIF data from the image.
To better control this process, click gear Icon and browse the options. These let you decide whether you want to drastically reduce the file size at the expense of image quality, or just want to remove the metadata without losing image quality.
How to view and edit EXIF data, including location on iPhone and iPad
On iOS, surprisingly, you cannot see too much EXIF data through the “Photos” app. To have fine-grained control over viewing and deleting EXIF data on photos from iPhone and iPad, you need to download a free application, such as Metadata Remover or Photo Investigator (both available for free with in-app purchase). These apps allow you to edit and delete EXIF data in photos, but editing EXIF data will require you to pay Rs. 249 to unlock the advanced features of the application. In the photo investigator, follow these steps:
- Click the gallery icon in the lower left corner.
- Select the picture you want to edit EXIF data.
- To view EXIF data, you can click on the various icons below the image.
- To edit or delete EXIF data (after paying for the app), click Metadata.
- Choose now Remove Either edit.
You can also get similar results from any other apps that provide this feature. We happened to use both of these features at the same time and found that they work properly.
If you are privacy conscious, you may want to disable adding location data to photos. Please note that disabling geotagging of photos will result in an empty “places” album, which we found is a good way to search for old photos. Here is how to disable geotagging on iPhone and iPad.
- go with Set value > privacy > Location service > camera.
- Tap never.
We could not find any application that can reliably delete EXIF data in batches on Android and iOS. Do you use any application to delete EXIF data in batches on your smartphone? Which applications do you use to view, edit and delete EXIF data in photos? Let us know through the comments. For more tutorials, please visit our methods section.