We’ve come a long way down from taking pictures on our film cameras and having to remember everything about them.
So, if you’re also having trouble remembering where a particular photo was taken, in this article, we’re going to talk about seven ways you can read a photo’s EXIF data and find out where it was taken.
Note that these method will only work for photos that have geolocation data embedded in them.
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Metapicz is an online tool that’ll read all the metadata embedded in a picture including, of course, any geo-tagged location as well.
All you have to do is head over to the site and upload your image. You’ll be surprised by the amount of metadata or EXIF this tool will pull.
Where is the Picture?
Where is the Picture is a website that’ll show you the location of the picture you upload over on a map. So, you do not only get latitude and longitude coordinates, but you also get the location of the picture pointed out for you. Super convenient.
Yes the site’s UI is a bit basic and you’ll have a large ad slapped in your face the second you open the site, but it still gets the job done.
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Photo location is a very simple site that does one job only. It’ll tell you the GPS coordinates of an image if they’re stored in the metadata and that’s all you get.
If you’re looking for a simple, no-nonsense solution to get photo locations, you know where to go now. The site also lets you set or edit location data in case you think it’s inaccurate or absent.
Pic2Map is another EXIF location reading site that’ll go through your image’s metadata and point out a map view of your picture.
Simply head over to the site, upload your picture and you’re good to go. If you’re concerned about privacy, the site also has a Keep photos private checkbox for that purpose.
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Use Windows Explorer to check EXIF data
With a few easy steps, you can check the EXIF data your images have in Windows Explorer itself and find out the location coordinates of your image.
Step 1: Right-click on your image and click Properties.
Step 2: Head over to the Details tab and scroll down to the GPS heading. You’ll see the location data there.
Reading EXIF data on your phone
Most photo viewing and gallery apps on Android have a built-in option that’ll show you the image metadata including the location information.
If you’re using Google Photos, all you have to do is swipe up on the image to see the location data on a map as well as GPS coordinates.
The iOS gallery app works in the same way. All you need to do is swipe up on an image to see the location where it was taken.
Try reverse searching the image
You can also try reverse searching the image on Google or Yandex to see if it brings up any results. In this age, there are digital footprints of just about everything online and you never know when something might match.
This may or may not work, depending upon what’s actually in the picture. But in case you can’t jog your memory, this should give you some hint.
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