Meanwhile, most social media sites and applications like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram delete metadata (EXIF) when you share photos with your friends and family, there is no guarantee that the big tech giants don’t save your EXIF data to build your profile more well. Additionally, when you send an image as an email attachment or cloud storage, it stores all metadata including geo-tags, which makes you vulnerable to identity theft. But you don’t need to worry, here’s how to delete your Exif location and data from your Photos on iOS & Android.
Remove Location and EXIF data from your Photos
1. Photo Metadata Remover
Android & iOS both don’t have an effective way to delete the original metadata. The best and easy way is to use third-party applications such as Photo Metadata Remover that allows you to erase data in an instant. This application removes all metadata including your location, camera settings, and even application details used to process photos. The best part is that this application has a minimal interface, with all the options you need on the home screen.
First, the application allows you to delete EXIF data from one photo and also gives you the option to select several images at once. If you have different folders, likes, photography, selfies, family photos, etc. You can select the entire folder at once and batch process these images. A faster way to delete EXIF data is to take pictures using the application. This way you don’t need to select images and delete them manually.
This application is free and very easy to use. It does display advertisements, but I don’t find it disturbing. At present, there is no option to delete ads or premium version options.
- Batch deletes metadata
- Capture images without metadata
- Save the original file with details
- Only for Android
The Original Method for Android
Although Android does not allow removing metadata per se other than using the third party application I mentioned above, it gives you a little flexibility by blocking the camera to access your location every time you click on a photo. To do this, activate it in the Apps Management section in your phone’s settings. Just select Camera Apps, switch to location and disable Location Access. This way every time you click on an image, the phone will not capture your location.
The Original Method for iOS
It is very disappointing that iOS also cannot delete EXIF data in the original way. But the method features are the same as we see on Android. To deactivate the Camera application from detecting your location, open Settings, and select privacy. Now tap on location services, camera and select never under the tab allow access location. Voila, now geographic data will not be embedded with your image.
You might want to maintain location access only to find out and group your photos according to location. Luckily with iOS 13, you have the option to turn off location sharing when you share pictures with other people. Just select an image from your Album and choose share. You will see the options in the top bar along with the location info included. Tap on Options and turn off Location.
You can also deactivate All Data Photos which will limit the transfer of metadata when you share images.
So now you know what metadata is and how to delete it. Try it for yourself and maybe hide all the details before you upload the next picture on social media. While most social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter delete this EXIF data when you upload, if you share it via cloud or email services, the data remains intact. So this is an easy way to delete Exif location and data from your Photos on iOS & Android. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment below.