Whether taken with a smartphone or digital camera, photos uploaded to the Internet often reveal more information than we would like. Any user with a minimum of knowledge can easily find out the date and time the snapshot was taken or discover the location by consulting the GPS coordinates. For this reason, it is very important to know how to remove this metadata..
Before explaining how to remove metadata from photos, let's look at the most common types of data that can be stored in an image:
In Windows, the metadata can be removed very easily. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the photos folder and select the photos for which you want to remove the metadata. Right click to open the context menu and click on? Properties ?:
In the "Properties" window, open the "Details" tab. and click on? Remove properties and personal information ?:
You have two options to remove the IPTC and EXIF data:
Windows Explorer is a good option to remove metadata from some images occasionally. However, since the settings cannot be saved as a template, this procedure is a bit cumbersome for regular use.
In Windows 7 and 8, GPS data cannot be deleted with the above method due to a technical system failure. If you try, you will get an error message..
On macOS, the free ImageOptim app is the easiest way to remove all metadata from photos. You just have to drag and drop the images in the application or press the icon with the plus sign, in the lower left:
The application starts the process automatically and finishes it in a few seconds , overwriting the original files with the files without metadata. The functions of this application are very easy to use . For example, you can specify whether to remove PNG and / or JPEG metadata and compress images.
If you want to delete only some EXIF data , the? Preview? Mac is a good alternative. With it you can quickly delete GPS data, for example. You just have to open the image and show the information by pressing Apple + i. If the "GPS" tab is displayed, it means that the image contains location metadata, which you can delete with a single click..
Phil Harvey has created a flexible solution to clear metadata regularly easily and quickly with ExifTool, an application available for both Windows and macOS and Linux, and compatible with all imaginable graphic formats. For inexperienced users, this program can be difficult to use, because it only runs from the command line. However, it is appreciated by photography professionals because of its great analytical power: no other program displays so much metadata .
ExifTool GUI is an extension to ExifTool that incorporates a graphical user interface and allows you to easily remove metadata with the mouse instead of using the command line. However, ExifTool GUI is currently only compatible with versions up to Windows 8.
With ExifTool you can create scripts that remove metadata from selected photos quickly and automatically or add certain data to images with the convenient batch mode. If you usually work with digital images, this tool will make your work much easier .
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