Every time you are taking an image in your Android cellphone, it data particular information and codes it into the image’s metadata. Part of that information contains the GPS location of the place the picture was taken. While it’s simple to take away, there’s additionally a means to forestall Android from storing that data within the first place.
Of course, that geolocation information does have advantages. For instance, if you happen to use Google Photos to routinely backup and retailer your pictures, you may seek for a selected location and Photos will use this information to present you all related pictures. That’s tremendous useful.
But, like most issues, there’s a darkish aspect: once you share a picture on-line, meaning most anybody may discover this data. So if you happen to take a picture at dwelling, then share it on-line, you probably simply gave the world your property handle. Scary.
That mentioned, a number of on-line companies strip this information out once you add a photograph. For instance, Facebook and Imgur each take away this information from pictures for privateness causes—however if you need to be on the protected aspect, you may forestall Android from ever storing it in any respect.
Since there are a number of Android producers on the market, we’re going to cowl how to take away this information from the largest names on the market: Google (or inventory Android gadgets), Samsung, and LG.
All of those producer’s digicam apps will ask you for location permissions the primary time you hearth the app up, however if you happen to aren’t actually paying consideration (or eager about the privateness implication on the time), then you will have simply given the approval routinely. Here’s how to repair that.
How to Disable Geotagging on Stock Android
The following technique is particularly for Google Camera, which is obtainable on most inventory Android gadgets, like Pixel or Nexus.
First, hearth up the digicam, then faucet the three strains within the higher left nook to open the menu.
From right here, faucet “Settings.”
The prime possibility within the settings menu is “Save Location.” Disable this.
That’s actually all there’s to it.
How to Disable Geotagging on Samsung Devices
I’m utilizing a Galaxy S7 Edge working Nougat for this part of the tutorial, however the course of needs to be the identical (or shut to it) for all fashionable Samsung handsets.
First, get the digicam up and working, then faucet the gear icon within the prime nook…the precise location modifications in accordance to orientation.
In this menu, scroll down shut to the underside, till you see the “Location Tags” possibility. Disable that.
How to Disable Geotagging on the System Level (for LG Devices)
Regardless of which cellphone you could have, there’s additionally a means to fully block the digicam from accessing your location—which is curiously the solely means to block geotagging on LG gadgets. As such, I’m utilizing an LG G5 working Marshmallow for this part.
First, pull down the notification shade and faucet the gear icon.
In the Settings menu, scroll down and choose “Apps.”
Tap on “Camera,” then “Permissions.”
The backside possibility right here needs to be “Your location.” Disable this.
It’s price mentioning that this technique can be utilized throughout the board on all Android gadgets, however it’s a good suggestion to disable tagging within the digicam app first (on gadgets which have this feature, in fact). Otherwise, it’ll simply re-request location entry once you begin the digicam once more.
While it will forestall the inventory digicam functions from geotagging pictures, it’s price preserving in thoughts that this solely applies to these particular digicam apps. If you could have a third-party app of some variety put in, you’ll want to verify its particular permissions and settings to disable or forestall location tagging.