Exchangeable Image Format, also known as EXIF, is a set of data that’s attached to every image you take. Most cameras and smartphones these days add basic parameters such as the mode in which the photo was taken, the shutter speed, ISO, aperture data, and sometimes even the location of the photograph. This presents a peculiar problem — when you click a picture of a beautiful bird perched on the windowsill in your house, your camera automatically adds the location of the picture, which could reveal your home address when you share it with others online. Most social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter remove all of this data from photos when you upload them. However, when your photo is shared via email or cloud storage services such as Google Drive or Dropbox, this data is still present on pictures. To protect your privacy, it’s best to remove EXIF data from images. Here’s how you can do it.
Follow these steps to view EXIF data on your Android smartphone.
To remove EXIF data from your photos, you’ll need a third-party app such as EXIF Eraser. Once you’ve installed the app, follow these steps.
We tried a few apps that let you edit EXIF data and offer granular control on the EXIF data you can remove, but none of them worked flawlessly for us.
If for some reason, you don’t want location data saved with your images not too difficult to prevent your Android phone from doing that. Follow these steps to stop your Android phone from saving location with your photos:
Windows has a very good native metadata editor that lets you quickly view or remove EXIF data from images. Here’s what you need to do.
For bulk removal of EXIF data, you will need a third-party app such as IrfanView. Follow these steps to get the job done.
On macOS, the Photos app does more than what it does on iOS. The app lets you view EXIF data and remove location data from your images. It doesn’t let you edit or remove all parameters of EXIF data however. Follow these steps to view EXIF data on Photos for macOS and to remove location data too.
To remove EXIF data entirely, you’re going to have to rely on a third-party app such as ImageOptim. Here’s how.
For greater control over this process, click the Gear icon and go through the options. These let you decide whether you want to reduce file size a lot at the cost of image quality or if you simply want to remove metadata without losing image quality.
On iOS surprisingly enough you can’t see much in terms of EXIF data via the Photos app. For granular control on viewing and removing EXIF data on photos from iPhone and iPad, you need to download a free app such as Metadata Remover or Photo Investigator (both free with in-app purchases). These apps let you edit and remove the EXIF data from photos, but editing EXIF data will require you to pay Rs. 249 to unlock the app’s premium features. In Photo Investigator, follow these steps:
You can achieve similar results from any other apps that offer this feature too, we just happened to use these two and found them to work.
If you are privacy conscious, you might want to disable adding location data to your photos. Be aware that disabling geotagging of photos will result in the “Places” album being empty and we’ve found that album as a good way to search for old photos. Here’s how to disable geotagging on iPhone and iPad.
We weren’t able to find any apps that reliably remove EXIF data in bulk on Android and iOS. Do you use any apps to bulk remove EXIF data on smartphones? Which apps do you use to view, edit, and remove EXIF data from your photos? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.