Dan Gookin describes the geotag, location data saved with images shot by the phone or tablet's camera. Learn how to examine geotag and location data stored on an image. See how to disable the location feature in the Android's camera app and obtain an EXIF editor to remove geotag and location data from existing photos.
- [Instructor] You might want to share a picture, but not specifically the location where you took it. Many consider this location data a security compromise, but it's one you can deal with before and after the picture is taken. Here's a photo I took displayed in the Photos app. It seems innocent enough, but buried in the photo's data is location information. Let me show you. Tap the I, info, or details button. Here you see the location where the image was taken, Ventura, California, and the map coordinates, and you even see a map pinpointing the exact location.
Tap the map and the Maps app opens showing you even more details. This image location or geotag data stays with the picture if you copy it, upload it, share it, and so on. The data has caused parents to become concerned that the geotag could be used to locate where their kids play. Perhaps you have an image of a fancy car you own or the location of a storage locker or some other image where you're okay with people looking at the photo, just not knowing where it was taken. On your Android, you can disable the geotag feature.
Open the Camera app. What you're looking for is a settings icon. Now, in this app, you have to tap the side menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen and then choose Settings. You want to disable the item Save Location. This item might also be titled Location Tag, Geotag, or something similar. Once disabled, location data is no longer saved with your pictures, but this change applies only to new photos you snap. The data remains with your existing images.
So what do you do? To remove geotag data from older images, you must obtain an image data editing app from the Play Store. You want to search for Exif Editor, or just type exif and choose Exif Editor from the list. Here you see apps that can let you examine images and erase the location data. The process of removing that data takes time, and keep in mind that images you've shared on social networking which are available in a web photo album must also be updated if you really want the geotag data removed.
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