The third instalment in our Protect your Privacy series, guides that help you protect your privacy and personal data, we’ll be looking at how you can disable location tagging on your Apple devices, so data miners don’t know where you are in the world.
By default your camera on your iPhone and iPad records geographic data, along with a load of other metadata, which tells you where the photo was taken. Great for personal use, but not great when you share those photos with the public or platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
This guide shows you how to disable geotagging in in the Camera app on iPhone and iPad. Protect your privacy!
Why you would want to disable geotagging📍
Basically, you’d want to disable geotagging because that photo can then be tracked to a certain location. If you plan on sharing certain photos online, then those photos could be traced to your location. That’s fine if you went on vacation and decided to upload the photos afterward — you’re not there anymore. But if you’re sharing photos of your new house or baby’s first steps, you would necessarily want anyone being able to track you down just because you posted a picture.
It may sound a little like fear-mongering, but with the wealth of information and resources available to those who may want to do you harm, it’s best to protect your personal data on all sides.
How to disable geotagging in the Camera app 📱
- Launch Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Privacy. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find it.
- Tap Location Services.
- Tap Camera.
- Tap Never.
Best apps for removing photo data 🙅♂️🙅♀️
There’s quite a few apps that can strip all of the metadata so your photos can’t be traced back to you in any way. These apps integrate with Photos and allow you to actually see all of the metadata that each photo you take records. When it comes time to share the photo, you can choose to share it without any metadata. We’ve included a few free apps below:
- Metapho (free)
- Photo Investigator (free)
- Koredoko (free)
We hope you found this guide useful, check out our blog for other ways to protect yourself and your personal data.
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