Here’s how to remove metadata from photos (on any device)

Abeerah Hashim Last updated: September 19, 2022 Read time: 13 minutes Disclosure

Remember to remove photos metadata before uploading any images online. You must remove this personal information from photos and videos to save your online privacy.

Sneak peek at deleting photo metadata

Photos depict your digital identity everywhere. But they don’t only reveal what they show. Instead, they leak much more information about you via metadata, including your location, device details, and more. So if you’re concerned about personal privacy, make sure to clean up your photos before uploading them online. This article guides how to remove photos metadata and protect your privacy online.

Since you’re now reading this article, you must frequently be uploading different images online. At the same time, you must be conscious of your personal privacy, pressing you to remove metadata from your photos. Isn’t it?

Well, today, almost every internet user in the world has uploaded at least a couple of photos online. Even the most privacy-freak users have ended up uploading a picture or two of themselves for verification purposes.

Likewise, most of you would frequently upload videos as well, together with photos. Of course, that’s the only way to share your precious moments with everyone.

However, these photos and videos frequently leak a lot more information about you. While an average person may not need that info, spies, online trackers, and hackers do look for them.

These shady characters exploit your photos for their typical data exfiltration activities.

Likewise, advertisers and social media giants use the information for advertising and tracking purposes.

This piece of worthy personal information about you is the ‘metadata.’

And, if you’re genuinely concerned about your online privacy, you must remove metadata of photos and videos, technically known as the EXIF metadata.

But, before learning how to do it, let’s understand what metadata is and why you should be careful about it.

What is metadata in photos?