Understand, find & edit your photos' locations

You can use your photos' locations to organize, search, and explore your photos based on where they were taken.

Your photo may have a location if:

  • Your device's camera saves your location with the photo.
  • You add a location.
  • Google Photos estimates your location from information such as your Google Location History or landmarks detected in your photo.

Manage your photos' location

To manage your photo or video location information, you can either add a location to a photo that doesn't have one or edit or remove an estimated location Photos has added.

Add a location

Important: To add a location on a photo or video, you must back it up first.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Photos Photos.
  2. Open the photo or video.
  3. Tap More More and then Add a location .
  4. Add or select a location from your recent locations.

Edit or remove an estimated location from a photo

Important: You can only update or remove estimated locations. If the location of a photo or video was automatically added by your camera, you can't edit or remove the location.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Photos Photos.
  2. Open the photo or video.
  3. Tap More More and then Edit .
    • Add or select a location from your recent locations.
    • To remove the estimated location, tap Remove location.

Share a photo with a location

If you share a photo with Google Photos, the location of your photo may be shared if you added it, changed it, or if it was provided by your camera.

The following situations happen if you don’t hide the location of your photos

  • If you add a location or edit an estimated location of a photo, then share it with someone on Google Photos, you also share the location.
  • If your camera adds a location and you share that photo on Google Photos, the photo shows the location provided by the camera.
  • If you share a photo with a location estimated by Google Photos, then the location won't be shared.

Hide your photos' locations from others

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Photos Photos.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile photo or initial and then Photo settings.
  3. Turn on Hide photo location data.

New albums, links, conversations, or items you share with someone won't have location details.

This setting won't affect shared albums or conversations that you already contributed to. This also doesn't affect photos or videos you share differently, such as when you download and email them to someone. In that case, the original location your device saved shows without any edits you made in Google Photos.

Even if you hide your photos' locations from people, they can guess based on landmarks in your photo.

Find your photos on a map

You can find the location of your photos and videos on an interactive map.

Find the map view
  • Tap the Search tab.
  • Tap the map in a photo's info section.
  • Tap place names in the main photo grid's date headers.
Use the map view

The grid contains the photos in your library that are in the visible map area, including shared photos you've saved.

  • To change the area of focus: Pinch and zoom the map. 
  • To find photos you took in the visible map area: Scroll the grid or tap the heatmap.
Tip: Black dots on the map are photos you took on the same day.
View your Timeline

You can use the Timeline in your map to check out your photo history. When you scroll through photos in the grid, the path will update to reflect your Timeline for the day in focus.

This feature is only available if you have Location History data. Learn how to turn Location History on or off.

To turn the Timeline on or off:
  1. In map view, tap More More.
  2. Turn on or off Show your private Timeline.
  • You can choose Default, Satellite, or Terrain for your map view.
  • To find the entire Timeline path for a certain day, tap Zoom out .
  • When you hide the Timeline from your map view, Photos doesn't remove your Location History data. Learn how to delete your Location History.

Control whether your camera adds location information

  1. On your Android device, open the Camera app's settings.
  2. Turn the location setting on or off.
Important: This setting varies by manufacturer. Learn how to change your location settings on your device.
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