How to Extract GPS Location from Photos on iPhone

How to Extract Location from Your Photos

With the advancement of GPS feature embedded in almost all smartphones nowadays, there are many ways how GPS data can be utilised. In iPhone, if you enabled the GPS location sharing and also geotagging feature, whenever you take pictures, your photo will also contain other data such as your GPS coordinates and location. The data that includes this information is called the EXIF data. Read here if you want to know more what EXIF data is and how you can use it to track a phone.

There are also cameras that can embed EXIF data into the photos of the camera. However, if the smartphone or camera do not have GPS chip embedded, the photos will not have any GPS data embedded in it.


There are many reasons why you would want to know the location of a photo you have taken. Here are some of the top reasons:-

  1. TRAVELLING BACKTRACKING – To be able to get back to the same place where you made the picture a long time ago while you are travelling
  2. SHARING WITH FRIENDS – If you send a photo taken with your iPhone, you can email that photo to your friend. The friend will be able to get the GPS coordinates of that photo so that they can able to go to that place in the pictures too
  3. WORK PURPOSES – Sometimes some of the working professionals need to travel to a site or a business location. If you take photos of that site, you can extract the coordinates so that in future you would be able to travel again to that site.

However, it is worth to know that most of the social media platform will erase any EXIF data of the pictures that you uploaded to the site. This way you should not be worry too much if you uploaded a photo on the social media platform and worried if some strangers can pinpoint your location.

So, if you want to know the location of a picture that you have taken, you can extract the location by using simple steps.

Here are the steps.


Extract location from photos on iPhone 1

Step 1

Take a picture of your current location. In the iPhone, tap “Photos.”

Step 2

Select the photo where you have just taken

Extract location from photos on iPhone 2

Step 3

In the selected photo, swipe up

Step 4

iPhone will show the place where the picture is taken

Step 5

You can choose to see the picture in a map, hybrid or satellite format

Step 6

The location of the phone can be tracked based on the map shown here


Get GPS coordinates from photo

You can extract location from photos on iPhone using online GPS viewer. There is a lot of free GPS viewer on the internet. You can Google “GPS Viewer”. Make sure your iPhone is GPS enabled, and Geotagging turned on when taking the pictures.

One of the free GPS viewers is

Get GPS coordinates from photo 2

Step 1

Go to the website and upload the photo you want to extract the location

Get GPS coordinates from photo 3

Step 2

Upload the photo from your desktop to Pic2Map

Get GPS coordinates from photo 3

Step 3

It will then show the detail information of the photo including the GPS coordinates

So, there you have it — two simple ways how you can extract the location from your photos on iPhone. Please leave us a comment below on what are the potential use of having location embedded into your photos that are not listed here.

Please also read our previous article on how to search for pictures and videos on your iPhone.