iPhone photos metadata

Every time you take a photo, whether it is with your iPhone or an actual camera, a bunch of data is automatically added to the file of that photo. This metadata, as it is called in photography, is the data about your photos.

There are several types of metadata that can list various points of information about your photos. If some of this metadata can be input by the photographer himself, other metadata is written automatically by your iPhone as you shoot a photo. That is for example the case of EXIF, GPS and TIFF metadata, which are automatically attached to the file of a photo you take with your iPhone.

In this post, we will show you how to view the metadata of your iPhone photos, including EXIF and GPS data.

Also read: Removing location data from photos

To access the metadata of your iPhone pictures, we will need an app called Photo Investigator, which is a free download in the App Store. This isn’t the only app in the App Store that lets you see the metadata of your iPhone photos, but it seems to be the best one I could find. It isn’t a pretty app, but it gets the job done.

1) Download Photo Investigator from the App Store. Launch the app and allow it to access your photos.

2) Tap on the Photo library icon at the lower left corner of the screen. This will load all your photo albums.

3) Tap on a photo album and select the photo for which you want to see the metadata. You will notice that photos with a globe icon have GPS metadata, and photos with a clock icon have an EXIF timestamp.

iPhone photo metadata

4) After selecting a photo, you will be showed an overview of that photo along with basic information about the image size, format, and more. Tap on the black Metadata button at the bottom of the screen, then select View All. You will automatically be taken to a list of metadata available. From there, you can see the photo EXIF, GPS data, and more.

EXIF data includes: aperture value, brightness value, focal length, the lens model, shutter speed value, and more.

exif metadata iPhone photo

GPS metadata includes: altitude, latitude, longitude, and more. If the GPS data is available, the app will let you directly see it in the Maps app. This is a great way to see exactly where the picture was taken.

TIFF metadata includes: the make of the camera, model, image resolution, software used to process the image and more.

GPS TIFF metadata

Now it’s up to you to figure out what you want to do with the metadata of your photos. You can for example use it to find out where a photo that was emailed to you was taken. Or maybe you want to know what camera was used to take that photo. Quite frankly, there is so much information in a photo’s metadata, that you probably won’t know what to do with it all. At least now you know how to access this metadata.

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  • czbird

    Koredoko EXIF viewer…

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  • stardust69

    For jailbroken device.

    Try “Photo Info” tweak in cydia.

    • It’s nice because it’s integrated into the photos app instead of a separate app. Must admit if you’re not JB this would be an option.

    • paulk536

      Nice one fella!

  • paulk536

    Is there a jailbreak alternative to this method? Without having to download an AppStore app? Photoexif used to work but not on iOS 7

    • Chih-yu Chueh

      Photo Info

      • paulk536

        Thank you! I knew there was a tweak available but just couldn’t find it.

  • Vishal Jain

    No thanks. I have camera+

  • peku

    But the map program is shit…

  • T1pst3r

    Look at what i’ve found. iPad PRO!!

    • JomanJi

      why is the navbar and the dock blurred?

    • Tom

      Its a Macbook Air….

    • This is a MacBook

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      LOL thats the display part of Macbook Air thats is yet to be assemblem

  • Is there a way to add/edit gps on a photo? Other than on a mac

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Sebastien, can you do a guide on how to transfer photos from iOS Device to a computer easily

  • Patriot327

    Recently traveled to a wonderful country and the GPS metadata on my iPhone photos gives me details as granular as number and street address. Is there any way to retain this detailed data (in English words rather than obscure latitude and longitude coordinates) if I upload to a Windows PC? Is there an app for that? I’d hate to lose all of that data, but I need to take back my space on my phone.