Understand, find and edit your photos' locations

You can use your photos' locations to organise, 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 that Photos has added.

Add a location

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Open the photo or video.
  3. Click Info Info and then Add a location.
    • Add or select a location from your recent locations.

Edit or remove an estimated location

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 computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Open the photo or video.
  3. Click Info Info.
  4. Next to the location, click More More and then Edit .
    • Add or select a location from your recent locations.
    • To remove the estimated location, click Remove location.

You can also edit the location of multiple photos:

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Select the photos that you want.
  3. Click More More and then Edit location.
    • Add or select the location.
    • To remove the location, click Remove location.
Tip: When you select multiple photos or videos, you may be informed that Google Photos can't edit location information added by your camera. To proceed, deselect those photos or videos.

Estimate missing locations

To help you easily find, explore and reminisce about your photos by their location, Photos can estimate missing locations from your photos and location history.
Important: If you turn off location estimates, the previously estimated locations aren’t removed, but you can edit or delete them.
  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.co.uk.
  2. At the top right, click Settings and then Location.
  3. Turn Estimate missing locations on or off.

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.

You can control if your location is shared in each shared album, link or conversation that you create or join. If you set up partner sharing, all photos that you share will include location details. 

The following situations happen if you choose to share the location of your photos: 

  • If you add a location or edit an estimated location of a photo, and 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, the location won't be shared.

This doesn't affect photos or videos that you share outside of Google Photos, such as when you download and email them to someone. In this case, the original location that your device saved shows without any edits that you made in Google Photos.

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

Share your location details in shared albums

When you add photos to new shared albums that you create, it won’t include location details. Location sharing is turned off by default. 

If you created a shared album on or before 18 August 2021, any photos that you add or previously added to that shared album will show their locations unless you previously turned off location sharing for your account.

To share location details for the photos that you add or have added to a specific shared album or link:

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. At the left, click Sharing .
  3. Click the shared album. 
  4. At the top right, click More More and thenOptions.
  5. Turn on Share photo location.
Share your location details in conversations

When you add photos to a new conversation that you create, it won’t include location details. Location sharing is turned off by default. 

If you started a conversation before 18 August 2021, any photos that you add or previously added to that conversation will show their locations unless you previously turned off location sharing for that conversation. 

To share location details for the photos that you add or have added to a specific conversation: 

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Sharing  .
  3. Click the conversation. 
  4. In the conversation, click your account profile picture or initial.
  5. Turn on Share photos location.
Share your location details in partner sharing 
Important: If you set up partner sharing, all photos that you share have location details. If you set up partner sharing before 18 August 2021, your photos’ location information will be shared unless you previously disabled this.

To check if you’re sharing location details in partner sharing:

  1. On your computer, go to photos.google.com.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then Sharing  .
  3. Click your partner’s name. 
  4. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  5. From 'Your partner can access', you can check if you share location details.
Tip: If you aren't sharing location details, but would like to, remove your partner and invite them again. 
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