Locations of photos & videos
Your photos and videos might have a location associated with them. Here are answers to questions you might have about location data:
Where do locations come from?
There are two main sources of location metadata in Google Photos:
- Your camera's GPS might record location information directly on to photos and videos. (To turn this off, you'll need to consult the instructions for that camera or app.)
- Google Photos might estimate a location.
What's an estimated location?
Google Photos might estimate a location using information such as your Google Location History (if turned on), which is stored in your Google Account.
How do I remove an estimated location from a photo?
You can remove locations that were estimated by Google Photos. Here's how:
- Go to photos.google.com.
- Open the photo or video.
- Click Info .
- Next to the location, click More .
- Click Remove location, then Remove.
If I share a photo, can people see where it was taken?
It depends on how the location was recorded:
- If the location was attached to the photo by your camera or a camera app (like if you took the photo with a smartphone), then the location will be shared along with the photo if you shared the photo using a shareable link. Learn how to stop sharing locations this way in the instructions below.
- If the location was estimated by Google Photos, then that location will not be shared.
Using this setting, you can hide location information for photos and videos that:
- Were shared via shareable link using the Google Photos app.
- Had location information recorded directly onto them by your camera's GPS device.
Stop people from seeing where your shared photos were taken
- Go to photos.google.com/settings.
- Next to Remove geo location in items shared by link, turn the switch on.
- Going forward, photos and videos you share using a shareable link will not include their location information.
Note: This setting only works for photos and videos you share using a shareable link. If you share a photo or video in another way, for example if you download it and email it to someone, it can still include location information.