How to remove location data from your iPhone photos before sharing them

“When you shoot photos with most smartphones, they’ll embed location information for all sorts of uses,” David Chartier reports for Finer Things.

“But if you get some photos onto your Mac and would rather remove location info before sharing them, Preview gained a tool in OS X Yosemite that makes this pretty easy,” Chartier reports. This method will “remove all location info from the photos so they’re safe for sharing.”

Chartier adds, “You might be able to automate this with OS X’s Automator, though I haven’t tried yet.”

Easy steps in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. If I am going to share photos, I am going to share them with friends & family, all of them know where I live, where my kids live, and where I am visiting. The majority of the photos I share are sent via iMessage (sorta secure – according to my retired from former employer at NSA) so why should I be as paranoid as the authors of these articles and readers of their articles?? If I were one to spew photos to every social media website then I would be worried about trying to impress the whole world of my accomplishments, well that ain’t gonna happen.

    1. In other words, “Why isn’t everyone else exactly like meeee?????”

      So the article doesn’t apply to you. That’s great. Thanks for letting us know. But lots of other people do post pictures to things like facebook, twitter and craigslist and would rather the world not know the GPS coordinates of their homes, and this article is written for them.

      1. One of the good things about this forum is that people can share THEIR opinion / use / ways so we can read and draw our conclusions. Multiple insights can help determine your own perspective. So go easy, I like opinions voiced, even when they differ from mine.

        But then again, that’s just me 🙂

        1. Expressing opinions are fine. But trying to dictate how information may or may not be beneficial to others is not expressing opinion, It’s expressing stupidity.

          Well that’s my opinion, at least 🙂

      1. If you and Jooop want to put your private lives, sorta-accomplishments, and everything else you think you’ve done out there for everyone you DON’T know, have at it, I really don’t give a crap if you end up with problems you didn’t anticipate. I grew up in an environment where I was taught to keep private stuff PRIVATE!! I’m now in the product distribution field and I have a couple hundred cases of Preparation H to ship off to folks like you.

  2. PLEASE, I have been exporting photos from iPhoto, and I review EXIF information in Preview, to verify. It’s been pretty consistent. I can tell you one thing, if you do not verify, see for your self, then you are foolish.

  3. I imported a photo from an e-mail message that contains a photo of a map I will use in an album. I DO NOT want the information of the photo who took the photo as it looks like the map is of her location. How do I remove the location information?

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