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How to Remove Personal Info From Photos in Windows 10

Nancy Messieh 15-09-2017

Every time you take a photo, whether with a camera or a smartphone, a lot of personal information is stored in the image’s properties Get The Image Properties Context Menu To Find Out Everything About An Image [Chrome] Being a blogger and an editor there was one feature I missed. Firefox has a default image properties feature that gives you the basic dope on any image on a webpage. It is as easy... Read More . If you would rather delete all that information before sharing the image with others, doing so on a Windows 10 machine couldn’t be easier.


What Kind of Info Is Included?

While not visible by just looking at the image, if you go into the image’s file properties, you’ll find info on the camera, lens, and even GPS information with longitude and latitude coordinates.

Depending on how you took the photo, it could also have extensive settings info including focal length, ISO speed, exposure, flash settings, and more.

How to Remove the Info

To remove personal or identifying information from a photo in Windows 10, right-click the image file and select Properties.

How to Remove Personal Info From Photos in Windows 10 Properties

Go to the Details tab and you’ll see all the information about the photo.


How to Remove Personal Info From Photos in Windows 10 Photo Properties 1

At the bottom of the Details tab, click Remove Properties and Personal Information.

You have two options when it comes to removing these details:

How to Remove Personal Info From Photos in Windows 10 Photo Properties 2

The first method is to create a copy of the image with all possible properties removed. Make sure Create a copy with all possible properties removed is selected. This is a useful method if you want to retain that information for yourself, but would rather remove it if you plan to share the image.

The second method is more destructive, where you remove properties from the original file. Aside from the destructive nature of this method, it also differs in that you can be selective about which properties you want to remove. Make sure that Remove the following properties from this file and check the box next to the details you want to remove and click OK.

If you want to remove all the details from the original file, just hit the Select all button and then hit OK. If you want to remove or edit the properties of multiple images, just select all the images in Windows Explorer, right click them and click Properties, and follow the same method above.

You can also add information to the file properties. For example, this is a great way to prove ownership of an image How to See Who's Stolen Your Photos (And What to Do About It) Photo theft is a sad fact of the digital age. Here's what to do to protect yourself, and steps you can take if someone's stolen your photos. Read More by placing your name in the Author field. (You can manually enter information in each field you want to edit.)

Do you tend to remove image properties before sharing an image online? What’s your preferred method to do that? Let us know in the comments. 

Image Credit: Billion Photos via Shutterstock

Related topics: Computer Privacy, EXIF Data.

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  1. James
    September 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Another lame attempt to promote Mirrorless. Yes whatever. Small Mirrorless body with Hugh FF lens, poor grip so after a few hours shoot the small camera with poor grip kills your hands.

  2. Dean
    September 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    What's the best way to remove from a batch of photos at once?