Understand locations & edit them

Your photo may have a location if:

  • Your device saves your location.
  • You added a location.
  • Google Photos might estimate a location using information such as your Google Location History, which is stored in your Google Account, or landmarks detected in your photo such as the Eiffel Tower.

Add or edit a location

Currently, you can’t add or edit a location on your iPhone or iPad, but you can do it on your desktop. At the top, tap Computer.

Remove an estimated location from a photo

You can remove locations that were estimated by Google Photos.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Open a photo or video.
  3. Next to the location, click More More and then Info.
  4. Tap No location.

Share a photo with a location

If you share a photo using a link, the location of your photo may be shared if you added it, changed it, or if it was estimated by your device.

The following situations happen if you don’t stop people from seeing the location of your photos

  • If you add a location to a photo, then shared it with someone on Google Photos, you'll also share the location.
  • If your device estimated a location, and you shared that photo on Google Photos, it will show the location estimated by the device.
  • If you edited a location that was estimated by your device, and then shared that photo on Google Photos, it will show the edited location.
  • If you shared a photo with a location that was estimated by Google Photos, and then shared that photo on Google Photos, the estimated location will not be shared.

Stop people from seeing the location of your photos

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings and then Remove geo location in items shared by link. Anything you share using a link won’t have a location.

Location may still show if you:

  • Already shared the photo, video, or album with a link before you changed your settings.
  • Share a photo or video differently, like downloading and emailing it to someone. Then, the original location saved by your device will show without any edits you may have made in Google Photos. 
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