Easy way to remove GPS data from iPhone picture?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by seattle, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    I want to remove the GPS data from some of my iPhone pictures. Is there an easy way to do this?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    yes, 2 easy ways..
    1. Don't enable the locate me feature.
    2. get a exif? editor (photo metadata editor)
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    Thanks for the quick reply.
  4. macrumors 65816


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    Converting the files from jpeg to png will also strip the EXIF data.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    Great! That sounds like a very easy way to do it. Thanks for your help.
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
    Personally, I prefer to erase GPS info from iPhone photos, on my Windows machine, with the help of this EXIF remover. The nice thing that it allows to get rid of other sensitive information, such as date&time of taking a photo, iPhone model, etc.

    Converting is not a good idea since not every website supports the PNG format.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
    Viper City
    Convert it back to jpeg after? :D
  9. macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2009
    May be a dumb question, but why would you folks want to remove this info?
  10. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Ok, I understand the OP's concern over the location data.

    But I'm really curious how "iPhone model" is considered "sensitive information."

    What on earth is someone supposed to do with that information that can harm you?

    I understand it for photos taken at home. If I have 100 photos of my daughter online and they all show where I live...well that might not be good.

    But I do think some people are a little over-paranoid about it when they want to erase ALL the GPS info from their library. For example, I'm perfectly happy to have my Disney World photos tagged because, duh, it's not like it's a secret where Disney World is.

    So for the most part I like GPS data but I can understand how it's a touchy subject when it's your house listed in there.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    NY State
    A really thorough way to do it would be to put the pictures on your computer then take a screenshot of the photo or like someone else said save it as another format like PNG and that should do it but check to be sure.

    I know of some specific times this service wasn't so cool. Think of the whole "sexting" phenomenon, guy shows it to a bunch of his friends, one of them posts it online and some "forum detective" trying to rat the guy out finds the info on the picture. Sometimes its just best to not have as much personal info on the internet :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011
    Easiest way i've found to remove GPS data from iPhone photos

    try using an app called Pixelgarde Photo Privacy Editor, which is free. It will remove gps, and other data, from photos on your iphone. They've also got apps for Android, PC, Mac... Hope this helps. http://www.pixelgarde.com
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
    Excuse me for the long time getting back to this topic.

    Yes, that is an option. But do note that JPEG is a lossy algorithm — it means reconversion will lead to small quality degradation.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2012
    I hear this argument all the time. "If I'm not going anything wrong, what does it matter if big brother is watching?"

    The next step is to take the number spoken about in revelations. I guess 99% of you will do just that.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2012
    I don't like not being able to remove this data solely because I don't want pins stuck all over "Places" while I've just been toying around with the camera. You should be able to remove all of these, but you can't. I don't mind there being geo location stuff tied to the pics, just want Places cleaned up in the photo album.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    How to delete GPS coords in iPhoto

    If you can use Applescript the following will unset GPS coords. Let's suppose iPhoto is open, that your photo is in an album called "Album1" and the photo whose GPS coords you want to unset is the 4th in the album.

    tell application "iPhoto"
    set the_album to album "Album1"
    set the_photo to photo 4 of the_album
    delete the latitude of the_photo
    delete the longitude of the_photo
    set the altitude of the_photo to 1.797693E+308
    end tell

    Yes, that altitude value looks crazy but that does seem to be how Apple intend it to be! 1.797693E+308 is (according to the Applescript manual) the largest real value that can be evaluated, so it's not quite as crazy as it looks. You can also "delete the altitude of the_photo" but that sets the altitude to zero, which isn't what you might want.

    Hope this helps.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010
    I can't understand why Apple doesn't have an option in settings to disable GPS stamping for photos taken at your home. They have the ability to do GPS fencing so it should be cake. What possible reason would they have for not giving the user this option ... oh wait ... it's Apple! :confused:
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    some people are paranoid.

    quite frankly i love the mapping ability of all my pics. its nice to remember where you took a photo, especially for avid travelers.

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