Locations of photos & videos
Your photos and videos might have a location associated with them. Here are the answers to a few 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 onto 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 to do so:
- Open the photo or video in the Google Photos app.
- Tap Info .
- Next to the location, tap More .
- Tap 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 (such as 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. Find out how to stop sharing locations in 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 a 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
- Open the Google Photos app.
- At the top-left, tap Menu , then Settings.
- Next to Remove geo location, turn the switch on.
- From now on, photos and videos that you share using a shareable link will not include location information.
Note: This setting only works for photos and videos that 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.