How Do I Geotag A Photo I Already Took Even If Years Have Passed?

I’m sure you’ve taken a breathtaking and stunning picture with your smartphone or digital camera at some point. But as you’re admiring your work of art, you notice the location of your picture is missing. So, what do you do? You search the internet for info on how to geotag a photo you’ve taken, and luckily, you find this blog post. This article will take you through how you can geotag your photos days or even years after you took the photo. You’ll learn how to do it manually and use tools such as to edit location info.

Geo-Tagging By Manually Inserting The Coordinates

There are several ways you can geotag a photo manually. However, the key thing here is to determine your location first. If you’re familiar with the photo’s location, you can use Google Maps to find the latitude and longitude coordinates accurately. 

But if you’re unfamiliar with the photo’s location, you must rely on other means to find your photo’s location. And the best way to do that is to check your location history on your Android or iPhone device. As long as you turn on your location settings, your smartphone will track all of your movements and store that information for you.

So, if you took the picture using your smartphone, manually geotagging a photo is easy. All you have to do is access your location history. Check the time you took the photo. (You can easily view this information once you check for the details of your photo). Then use your location history to find the exact place you were standing when taking the photo.

  • Once you’ve found your location coordinates, write them down on a piece of paper. Now it’s time to edit location information on your photos. On your Android phone, open the ‘Google Photos app. And if you’re using an iPhone, open the ‘Photos’ app. 
  • Find your photo and look for the section displaying photo details or information.
  •  Tap on this section, and you should now see information related to your photo.
  • Click the add location section, and here you can adjust the location details of your photo as you see fit.

What if you took your picture using a digital camera? In that case, you’d have to upload your picture to your smartphone and use the method described above. Or you can use specially designed tools to edit photo data if you want to find out how to keep on reading.

Geo-Tagging Using EXIF Data Editing Tools

Let’s start by defining EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) data. EXIF data is a type of storage format that provides digital information about an image file recorded on your camera. It provides data like the name of your image file, camera maker and model, date of image capture, location, image ID, ISO speed, image dimensions, etc. 

If you want to see this information for yourself, upload a picture on your laptop or computer. Right-click on the image. On the pop-up menu, select ‘Properties.’ Select the section marked ‘Details,’ and you’ll see the EXIF data of your image. 

As you may have noticed from this simple exercise, it’s impossible to directly add information from your computer. On a Windows OS, you have the option to ‘Remove Properties and Personal Information,’ but you can’t add more information.

Therefore, if you want to geotag a photo on your computer, you must use EXIF data editing tools like GeoTag Images. All you have to do is install this tool on your computer or laptop. Once you’ve installed the EXIF data editing tool, you can now select the photo whose data you want to edit and add the coordinates of the location where you took the picture. 

On top of that, if you want to geotag several pictures, you can use the bulk edit EXIF photo data feature. With this feature, if you took several pictures at one location, you can add this location information to the pictures at the same time. 

Geotagging a picture after you’ve already taken it is pretty easy. Right? However, don’t forget that your success depends on your ability to correctly identify the location where you took your photo.

So what are your final thoughts on geotagging? Which geotagging method do you think would be helpful to you? Or do you have another trick that you use to geotag your photos after you’ve taken them? Please share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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