iPhone Photos and Geotagging

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by alexglee, Nov 17, 2012.

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    alexglee

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    Wondering how the iPhone geotags the photos? I really like it when it does that and I suspect that it uses a combination of GPS (satellite) and cellular towers when it does that.

    Since my carrier charges me for receiving text messages when I am abroad, I was wondering if there was a way to put my iphone on airplane mode, so i would not be able to receive any messages or calls, but still be able to have the photos geotagged? This will prove most useful for vacations abroad.

    Thanks.
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    iOS uses a combination of the following techniques to determine your location:
    • WiFi networks
    • Cell towers
    • GPS

    Each of these techniques have their own advantages and disadvantages. I'm 100% sure that iOS also geotags photos without a data connection, data doesn't provide any information about your location anyway.

    I'm also fairly sure that iOS uses GPS when it can. I took some photos during a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon and they all were geotagged quite accurate.

    If you want to be a 100% sure, why don't you take some photos with airplane mode turned on :)?

    Edit: now that I'm thinking of it, I'm a 100% sure that the iPhone geotags photos with airplane mode turned on. I took some photos actually from the inside of an airplane with airplane mode turned on (its true use), and they were geotagged by the iPhone.
     
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    alexglee

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    I did some tests today with airplane mode turned on. No cigar. None of my pictures ended up being geotagged. This is a bummer.

     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    If your iPhone uses a sim, just take it out
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    GeoTagging is an awesome feature, but I wish there was an automatic setting to disable it when you are at home. It's a most useful feature when you are out and around town or even out of town. I know where I live, but when I post pictures online, it doesn't mean I want everyone else to.
     
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    alexglee

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    Will that work? Obviously I won't receive any messages, but will my iPhone geotag my photos?

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    There must be a way to do it, especially with the geofencing features.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thekb
    GeoTagging is an awesome feature, but I wish there was an automatic setting to disable it when you are at home. It's a most useful feature when you are out and around town or even out of town. I know where I live, but when I post pictures online, it doesn't mean I want everyone else to.



    I think it would be an awesome privacy setting. Geotag photos taken everywhere but when you are at home. But I do not know of any way to accomplish it.
     
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    I don't have geotagging on. I remember there was an option for it and I disabled it, so you might have to just look around in the phone but I'm sure it's there.
     

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