Most of the photos taken today are taken on smartphones. The camera on a smartphone captures more of an image when it takes a picture. The camera has access to the many senses, data, and device configurations on the phone and much of this information is captured when a photo is taken. For example, if you want to find out if a photo was taken on an iPhone, you can usually check by looking at the photo’s EXIF data.
EXIF data is stored by all cameras, not just those on our phones. Professional cameras will save information about the camera settings used to take a photo but phone cameras have access to more information so they store more of it as EXIF data. For example, a photo captured on a phone may include the coordinates of latitude and longitude for the exact location the photo was taken.
EXIF data is very easy to see if you know how to view it. Professional image management tools allow you to view everything stored while basic image viewers only show a small subset of the information instead of everything.
View EXIF data – Windows File Builders
File Explorer in Windows allows users to view properties for a file. This is a basic overview and may not show all saved data for an image. It is a quick way to view image EXIF data.
- Open File Explorer.
- Navigate to the image you want to view EXIF data.
- Right click the image and select Properties from the context menu.
- Go to Tab details to view EXIF data.
View EXIF data image – Windows IrfanView
If you want to view all the pieces of information saved to image EXIF data, you need a third-party app on Windows 10.
- Download and install IrfanView (it’s free).
- Open the image in IrfanView.
- Tap on the It’s a key.
- EXIF data will be displayed in a new window.
View EXIF data icon – Preview macOS
macOS comes with a powerful image management tool but Finder itself is able to display basic EXIF data that comes with an image.
- Open Tracker.
- Navigate to the image and open it in Preview.
- go to Tools> Show Inspector.
- A window will open with several tabs that display EXIF data for the image.
Can EXIF data be deleted?
EXIF data can be deleted. To delete the EXIF data, you need to install a third-party app for the job. There are plenty of free apps for both macOS and Windows that can erase EXIF data.
Should you delete EXIF data?
EXIF data can often be a security risk eg if you upload selfies online, they can contain location data. The photo will provide your home address or places you will be visiting. It is usually a good idea to delete EXIF data from personal photos that you plan to upload online. Deleting EXIF data does not reduce the image quality.
Can EXIF data be obtained?
EXIF data can be obtained. There are many apps that can edit the data and anyone can change every bit of information stored for image conversion.
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