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How to Strip Location Data From Photos in Windows 10

Joel Lee 31-03-2016

Did you know that when you take a photo, you aren’t just taking a photo? The resulting JPG or RAW file actually contains more information than the simple bits and pixels that make up the scene you shot — this extra bit of information is called EXIF data What EXIF Photo Data Is, How to Find It & How to Understand It Pretty much every digital camera available today records EXIF data within each image you take. The data is useful for improving your photography and can also be quite interesting, especially if you're a geek. Read More .


EXIF data (Exchangeable Image File) can include things like the make and model of the camera, the exposure settings used when taking the shot, the date and time of the shoot, and even the GPS location of where you were (which is called geotagging Geotagging Photos: What It Is & Why You Should Start Right Now Geotagging is simple and there are many reasons why you may want to start doing it. Here's everything you need to know, including how to add and remove your own geotags. Read More ).

So when you upload a photo to the Internet, it’s possible that you could be broadcasting your location for the whole world to see!


Fortunately, Windows 10 provides an easy way to strip all of this information out of an image, which can come in handy the next time you want to post something to Reddit, Flickr, or wherever else you share your photos 8 Places to Get Feedback on Your Photos One of the best ways to improve your photography skills is to gather genuine feedback from people who know what they’re talking about. These eight sites are where you can do just that. Read More .

Here’s what you do: Right-click on the photo file and select Properties. Go to the Details tab and look for the Remove Properties and Personal Information link at the bottom of the window. Click it.



Now you can choose to either remove specific bits of EXIF data from the current photo, or you can make a separate copy of the image with all of its EXIF data removed. Just click OK after you’ve decided. Done!

If that doesn’t work, you can try one of these alternative EXIF data removal methods What Is EXIF Data? 3 Ways to Remove Metadata From Photos Most cameras embed hidden information ("metadata") in photographs taken. For privacy's sake, here's how to remove that metadata. Read More  instead.

How often do you upload images to the Web? Do you make sure to remove EXIF data before doing so? Let us know in the comments!

Related topics: Online Privacy, Photography, Windows Tricks.

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