Easily Remove GPS Location and Other Information from Photographs Using Exiftool

Most cell phones nowadays stamp each digital photograph with the GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken. If you upload this to Google Photos, google will happily pinpoint the location on Google Maps with a click or two (and some applications may show this information when you view the photo). In addition the photograph will have other metadata such as camera make and model, etc. If you are going to share the photo with others or post it publicly, many times you don’t want this information, particularly, your location information, posted to the web.

Exiftool offers an easy and straightforward method of stripping metadata and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Make sure you have a backup of all of your original photos with all metadata before you start and only strip information from a copy of the photo (although by default it also makes a backup of the photo, adding “_original” to the extension).

  1. View All Meta Data in Photo

  2. On command line (in windows use CMD):

    This produces output like this:

  3. Remove Only the Location Information from Photo

  4. Remove Location Plus (caution, will strip other useful information)

  5. Adding an extra flag makes sure other xmp information that may contain gps location is also stripped. Unfortunately, this will also remove other information you may want to keep:

  6. Remove All Metadata from Photo

  7. Type the following

    Same photo as above, but with ll exif metadata information stripped, leaving only file and technical information:

    For the full set of features and documentation see the Exiftool website.

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