How to geotag your photos: Were you browsing the multimedia folder of your smartphone and found an old photo but can’t remember where it was taken? I promise you that from today it will never happen again. How do I know? Well, it’s very simple, because I’m going to explain you how to geotagging photos, i.e. how to insert geographical information relating to the places where they were taken into your digital photos.
Make the geotag for a photo (word that derives from the union of the terms “geography” and “tag”, label) will allow you to save, within the multimedia element, the GPS coordinates of the places where they were taken. These are coordinates that can then be read from the PC (or from other devices) and will allow you to know at any time where a photo was taken. How do you say? Are you interested in the topic and would you like to know more? Would you like to know how to geotagging photos but are you afraid of not being able to, since you are not very practical with technology? You don’t have to worry even a little!
To perform the procedures that I will show you during this tutorial, you don’t need any special skills. Everything you need for geotagging a photo it is already present in your Android or iOS device, while if you want to act as a PC you will only need a small free program that can be used in a few clicks. Come on, take your smartphone in your hand or sit comfortably in front of the PC and dedicate yourself to reading this guide of mine. I’m sure you’ll be able to do everything in no time. Happy reading and enjoy!
Geotagging photos on iPhone
Let’s start this tutorial by saying that you can geotagging photos with two different methods: the first method involves the use of any recent smartphone equipped with a GPS module.
In modern devices, in fact, it is possible to activate a specific setting inside the camera which, as long as active, will automatically insert the geographical coordinates in the photos that are taken.
If you want to take advantage of this option and make sure that, from now on, all the photos you take are geotagged, all you have to do is therefore check that the insertion of the geographical coordinates in the settings of the smartphone or camera is enabled. photo.
To do this, if you are using an iOS device, you must first activate the GPS of your smartphone. From the home screen of your device, then tap on the app that presents the icon with the gear symbol to access the section Settings.
Now, locate and tap on the item Privacy (has the symbol of a little hand) and tap on it. At this point you will have to locate the item Location; the writing should be present in correspondence with this wording No, confirming that the device location is turned off.
You will then need to tap on the voice Location and activate it by moving the lever from left to right and making it turn green. Also tap on the menu item Share my position and make sure that the lever at the wording Share my position which you will find on the next screen is activated.
Otherwise move the lever from OFF to ON to turn it green. Going back to the section instead Location, verify that at the entry Photo there is the wording If in use; otherwise tap on the voice Photo and affix the check mark at the entry While using the app.
Once you have activated the location on your device and verified the settings I mentioned in the previous lines, you can start using your device as usual and take a photo which will be geolocated and geotagged automatically.
To perform and check this procedure, then tap on the app Camera of your device and take a picture by pressing the round button in the center.
You can check that the geographer is present in the photo at any time: if you have not yet left the photo mode of the app Camera just tap on the thumbnail of the photo taken in the lower left corner to view the photo you took via the app Photo.
At this point, check the presence of the geotag by swiping from the bottom to the top: you will see a wording called Places and the thumbnail of the photo will be shown inside a geographical map. Also, under the heading Places there will also be the exact address from which you took the photo, which was obtained thanks to the geolocation that you activated on your device.
You can see all the photos that you have geotagged through the app Photo iOS: then tap on the application in question and then tap on the menu item Album.
You will be able to see the presence of the album Places which will present a geographical map and within it all the thumbnails of the photos you have taken in certain positions. From this album you can activate the display Map or Grid by tapping on the appropriate items that you will see located at the top.
How to geotag photos on Android
If you want to know how to geotagging photos with an Android smartphone, the first thing you can do is use the same method applicable to iOS devices: you must therefore activate the GPS of your device from the Settings of your Android smartphone and then activate the geotag functionality present in the camera of your smartphone.
To do this, the first thing to do is tap on the app Settings from the main screen of your device (the app usually presents the gear symbol).
From the section Settings, locate and tap on the item Geolocation and then move from OFF to ON the lever at the entry Not active which will turn green and present the wording Active.
Now you have to open the application Camera of your smartphone and identify in its settings the possibility of geolocating and then geotagging a photo taken.
Each Android smartphone is different from the other, therefore I would like to point out that, usually, the option is found in the camera tools menu in the top bar which can present the gear symbol. By tapping on the icon in question, you can view the camera settings and activate the geotag function.
To make this guide I used two different Android devices: in one I identified the wording GPS location information from the camera toolbar located at the top of the screen. Using a different Android device instead, I identified the wording GPS tag from the camera settings side menu.
In both cases, once you have taped on the item in question, keep in mind that the device may request permissions to access the location and geo locate the photos taken. Confirm the items that you will see on the screen to make the app Camera of your Android smartphone can access the location of your device.
Once this is done, you can take photos from the camera of your Android device and be sure that the photos always contain information on the location from which they were taken.
Then open the app Camera on your smartphone and, once the object or subject is framed, take the photo by pressing the central button. Then you can check the presence of the geotag by tapping on the thumbnail of the photo or through the app of the multimedia gallery of your device.
In the Android smartphone I have, it is also possible to view all the geotagged photos on a geographical map. Via the menu item Map it is in fact possible to access the screen Album Positions which shows all the miniatures of the photos taken and geolocated.
Also, by tapping on the menu item Other > Settings it was possible to activate the menu item Show location which indicates where the photos were taken when viewing photos from the default media folder.
How to geotag photos on Instagram
One application widely used for geotagging photos is Instagram, a social network dedicated to multimedia content that allows you to add the position to a photo taken previously or one made on the spot.
To carry out this operation, you will need to have the Instagram application for Android and iOS, therefore make sure you have downloaded it to your smartphone from the PlayStore or from the App Store.
Then start the application of this social network and log in with your account data to start publishing a photo.
You can add the location to a photo that you will share on your profile or add the geotag to a photo in the Instagram Stories.
In the first case, press the button (+) and select, from the multimedia gallery of your device, the photo you want to upload to your Instagram profile.
Then tap on Forward twice in a row and then, before sharing the photo by pressing the button Share, tap on the menu item add location that you can see on the screen.
Activate the location on your device, if requested (refer to the instructions I provided in the previous lines to do it) and then tap on the place where the photo was taken from the menu that you will see on the screen.
Alternatively, you can also tap on the text field Search for if you want to indicate to Instagram that the photo was taken from a location other than the one indicated. At the end of this operation, you can publish the photo on your profile by pressing the button Share.
If instead you want to apply the geotag to a photo you want to share in Instagram Stories, tap on your profile photo from your Instagram profile section and add a story by selecting the image from the multimedia gallery of your smartphone.
To add a label indicating the place where it was taken, tap on the icon with the smiley face symbol located at the top right and then tap on the label Place.
This way, if location is turned on on your device, you will be shown a list of nearby places. You can also use the text field Search for to type the place from which the photo was taken and add it as a geotag to the image.
Once this is done, you can publish the photo on your Instagram Stories by pressing on the item Your story.
Geotagging photos on PC
Would you like to geotagging photos directly from your PC? In this case, I advise you to contact GeoSetter, a small free program that allows you to add geographic information to photos by selecting the locations of your preference on a map. It is compatible with all versions of Windows and can also be used in portable mode, without facing tedious installation procedures.
To download the portable version of GeoSetter on your PC, connect to the program website and click on the item geosetter.zip. Download is complete, open the zip package which contains the software, extracts the content into any folder and starts the executable GeoSetter.exe.
In the window that opens, click on the button OK twice in a row to access the GeoSetter main screen. If you are told that a new version of ExifTool (a component that GeoSetter uses to geolocate photos), click on the button OK to download it automatically to your PC.
At this point, go to the menu File> Settings GeoSetter (top left), select the tab Map from the window that opens, then the secondary tab Map Address and Layers, paste the address http://map.geosetter.de/v3/map_google.html (or http://www.geosetter.de/map_google.html, if the former doesn’t work) in the field Map file and presses the button OK to make the map appear in the right panel of the program.
Now you are really ready to take action! Use the left panel of GeoSetter to select the photos to be geolocated (to select multiple elements simultaneously, use the combination Ctrl + click), then search for a geographic location in the field Research of the map (bottom right), move the red pointer on the exact point you want to geotag in your photos and click on the button first Assign placeholders to selected images (the one with the red placeholder icon with the green arrow going to the left, located at the top) and then on that Save all changes in images (the floppy disk icon, also located at the top) to apply geotags to your photos. Easier than that ?!
Geotagging photos on Mac
Use a Mac? Then I am happy to inform you that you can geotagging photos without installing any additional software on your computer. All you need is Photo, the default macOS app for managing and viewing photos and videos.
To geotagging a photo with the macOS Photos app, all you have to do is import the image you want to act on in the application library (just drag it with the mouse in the latter window), open it by double clicking and pressing first on the button (the) placed at the top right and then on the item Assign location present in the window that opens.
Then type the name of the resort you want to associate with the photo, select one of the automatic suggestions that appear as you type (in order to select a specific point on the map) and you’re done. The geographical information will remain automatically stored in the library of the Photos app.