How to Find a Picture’s Location on Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

In addition to snapping a picture, your Android phone also records the specific spot on Planet Earth where the picture was taken. This feature is called Location Tags, GPS-tag, or Geo-Tag.

To view location-tag information in the Photos app, heed these directions:

  1. View the image.

  2. Tap the Action Overflow and choose Details.

    You see a card displaying image details, similar to what you see below. Map information, if available, appears atop the card.

    Image details, including location.

    Image details, including location.

Alas, the map preview is just that: It’s not interactive, and you can’t instantly hop to the Maps app to browse around — although that option might be available on some phones.

The Location Tags feature isn’t without controversy. People either love it or hate it. If you hate it, you can disable the feature by heeding these directions in the Google Camera app:

  1. View the Camera modes.

    Swipe the screen from the left edge toward the center to view the shooting modes.

  2. Tap the Settings icon.

    In some Camera apps, the Settings icon is available without your having to display the shooting modes.

  3. Enable the Save Location or Location Tags feature.

    Use the master control to enable the feature — or disable it if you don’t want location information saved with your photos.

Other Camera apps may require you to tap an Action Overflow or Settings icon to find the location-tag item. You may further have to tap a Settings tab to find this specific item.

  • Deactivating the Location Tags feature doesn’t remove that information from photos you’ve already taken.

  • The location-tag information is stored in the picture itself. Other devices, apps, and computer programs can then read this information to determine where the image was taken.