How to turn off Geo-location feature for iPhone photos to protect privacy

Geo-location is a good feature to keep track of where you took travel photos, but at the same time it can raise privacy concerns too.


This problem of privacy can be worse if you ever lose your iOS device, or someone decides to keep a track of you or your family member via your pictures posted online.

You should know how to turn GPS geo-location feature off whenever you plan to store geo-location information on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad while taking photographs.

The first time you launch the Camera app the iOS will ask you to opt-in to the location. And even if you have turned it on that time, it is quite simple to opt-out or turn it off.

Just follow the steps below –

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap Location services
  3. Select Camera to OFF

Now if you’ve already taken photos with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and like to share them without showing the geo-location information, you can erase and easily wipe that information before posting them online.

Here are the steps to do that –

  1. Launch Photos
  2. Find the picture you would like to share
  3. Take a screen shot of the picture
  4. Go to the screen shot option
  5. Now Share the screen shot (only)

iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPod touch4 screenshots are usually 960×480 and on iPad are 1024×768 in size, big enough to share on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social networks you may be using.

This way if you are sharing your images, you’re not sharing the GPS coordinates or geo-location information of yours and your family.

Information is very powerful and with power comes responsibility. If you are not responsible and are reckless in sharing this information with others, you may face problems.

So safe surfing is better.

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Raven is a freelance blogger who is passionate about technology. He frequently writes on Technology, Gadgets, Apps, Laptops, Android and Social Media related topics on Technology Feed blog. For the latest technology news and reviews, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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