iPhone Why do only some images received via iMessage have GPS data?

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  1. Fazzl macrumors 6502a

    Fazzl

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    I've noticed that only some of the images I receive from a friend of mine (who also has an iPhone 5) have GPS data. (I test this by saving the picture and using a photo app to read the metadata.)

    I can't figure out why some do and others don't. My friend is not changing his settings or doing anything weird. This is all through iMessage.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Are all the images sent to you taken with friend's camera ?
    Or are some of those images from others and then passed on to you by your friend.
     
  3. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Taken with friend's camera. I'm thinking the photos edited on iOS may strip GPS data?
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Out of curiosity, what app are you using to read the metadata?
     
  5. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aperture on OS X, and Investigator on iOS.
     
  6. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    It depends on the original source taking the photos, if they're all photos he took on his iPhone then they should all be one way or another.

    Photos he's forwarding from someone else, or iCloud...depends on the original source.

    Location services has to be on for the app b4 taking the photo for GPS data to be there. Some people prefer to have this off so GPS info is not there for privacy. Also, if he didn't take the photo, most photos taken with a camera and not a phone will not have GPS data, as most cameras do not have GPS.

    Also, if a photo has GPS data, but edited, the app may drop GPS info, so the edited photo will not have it. This is true for ios apps and computer apps.
     
  7. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, there is no toggling of location services since this is my dad and he has no idea what that does. I'm thinking it's an iOS 6 to iOS 7 bug since I'm running iOS 7 and he's running iOS 6.
     
  8. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    It's not a bug.

    Go to Settings>Privacy>Location Services>Camera

    You can toggle location services on or off for the camera and other apps.

    The first time you use the app it will ask if you want it on
     
  9. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    There are other possibilities such as having location services off until he used Maps for the first time.

    But, in any case, if these are photos taken on the same day, then, I have to ask, did they all come through as iMessages? If iMessages is down (like it was just a few days ago) or it otherwise comes as an MMS instead, sending as MMS will drop GPS data as well.

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    Yes. It depends on the app. For some, you may be able to keep GPS info if you can turn on location services for that app Settings>Privacy>Location Services and find the app
     
  10. jtfolden macrumors 6502

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    Is that Photo Investigator by Daniel Anderson?
     
  11. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    If you also edit with Pixelmator on your Mac it will drop GPS info as well. And if going from aperture to Pixelmator there are two ways to edit, one way loses EXIF/meta data entered on aperture.
     
  12. Armen macrumors 604

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    Your buddy probably has location services turned on for his iPhone for the camera app. Every picture he takes is getting tagged with geo location.
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It sounds like the question is why some photos from that friend/phone have location data and others don't (I guess short of the friend, perhaps randomly, enabling and disabling location services for the camera).
     
  14. Armen macrumors 604

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    It has to be enabling/disabling the geo-locaiton on the camera app. There is no other explanation.
     

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