How to Edit a Photo's Geotag on Your iPhone or Mac

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You’ve got some great photographs of your weekend with your friends, but when you check the Places feature in Photos, you notice one is tagged as having been taken in the middle of a random field. Here’s how to edit the geotag using a Mac or an iPhone app so that your photos appear where they ought to.

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It can be handy and fun to see your photos laid out on a map, but sometimes the photos can be tagged in strange locations. This can happen because your iPhone uses three different systems to detect where it is: GPS Satellites, cell towers, and Wi-Fi. It tries to juggle these three systems for whichever is most accurate, but sometimes the results are unexpected or just plain wrong. The good news is you can fix an incorrect tag after the fact! The bad news is there is no built-in functionality to change geotags directly on your iPhone or iPad. 

To edit a photo's geotags you’ll need either:

  • a Mac computer 
  • a paid app

How to Edit a Photo's Geotags Using a Mac

  1. Send the photo(s) to your mac.

  2. In the Finder navigate to Applications and open Photos.

    An image of the mac finder with the Photos application outlined.

  3. In Photos, select the picture you want to change by clicking on it, or select several pictures by holding the shift key on your keyboard while you click on multiple pictures.

  4. Click Get Info, which is a button marked with a letter ‘i’ in a circle. You will find the Get Info button in the app toolbar above your photos collection.

    an image of the Photos application with some images selected and the Get Info button outlined.

  5. In the Info window, click in the location field and edit the location.

    An image of the Info dialogue box in the Photos application, with the Location field outlined.

You can set the location for the selected images to whatever you wish. Here, I’ve decided these images are from the entire state of Iowa, but you can be much more specific.

Using a Paid App

The information you're trying to edit is called EXIF metadata. It's attached to photo files by some cameras, and includes things like where the photo was shot, what kind of camera was used, the focal length and other fun technical stuff that's useful to photographers and photo editors. There are a few apps that allow editing EXIF metadata directly on your phone, but all of them require a paid in-app feature. Two of the top apps for this are:

We’ll outline the process in Metapho, because that app seems to offer a slicker design and more features. The free version of Metapho allows you to remove geotags from photos, but you’ll need to upgrade to edit the geotags.

Metapho

  1. When you launch Metapho it will ask for access to your photos. Tap Allow Access.

  2. Your iPhone will then ask you if you’d like to allow Metapho to access your photos. Tap OK.

    An image of the metapho app install screenAn image of the metapho app install screen with an iOS dialogue

  3. Metapho will then ask you if you want to enable its extension. You probably don't need to, and should click Meh, skip. Extensions hook into iOS to allow access to some of the app tools from outside the app. In this case, Metapho's extension lets you access some of Metapho's tools (but not the ability to edit geotags) from within different apps' sharing menus.

  4. With Metapho open and set up, you should see an array of your pictures that looks like the Photos app (but it isn’t the Photos app). Choose the photo you wish to edit by tapping on it. This will open the info page for that photo.

    an image of the metapho app extension advertisement with the 'nah' option outlinedAn image of the metapho app with an array of images

  5. In the photo’s info page, scroll down to the location field and select Edit. If you have not already unlocked the full features, Metapho will ask you to do so.

    an image of the metapho app image details screen with the Edit option outlined

  6. With the features unlocked you can now edit your location tags.

Top image credit: Jacob Lund / Shutterstock.com

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Cullen is a coffee-powered staff writer at iPhone Life, a game designer at Thoughtspike Games, and a proud nerd.