How to View, Edit and Delete Photo EXIF Data on Android
Exchangeable Image Format (EXIF) is metadata (data about data) of digital files (image, video, text file, document, etc.), that is automatically collected and stored when the file is first created or captured by a digital device such as a camera. EXIF data varies from basic information (i.e. time and date of creation, size, and resolution) to more detailed and advanced information (i.e. coordinates of the place of creation, camera name and lens type, shutter speed, aperture status, focal length, and exposure) about the media file, depending upon the device on which the media file was first recorded. In this article, I will further discuss images as an example of the data file.
Since EXIF data at times contains sensitive information such as the location at which the image was recorded, it might violate user privacy, and reveal information without his/her consent and knowledge. Therefore the user must have control of the EXIF information of his/her images before sharing them with other people on the Internet. Next, I am going to explain how EXIF data can be viewed, edited, and deleted if desired on Android devices.
View EXIF Data on Android
The simplest method of viewing EXIF data on an Android device is to use Google Photos. Just open the image in Google Photos and either swipe up or hit the three vertical dots in the upper right corner as shown in the figure below, and at the bottom (shown in the image by the green square), you will be able to see the EXIF data of this image. This will give you an idea as to which type of EXIF data has been recorded with your image.
Google Photos does not show all of the detailed EXIF information. Therefore to view detailed EXIF data and to be able to edit and delete it, you must use third-party tools like Android apps or websites.
Use an Android app or website to edit EXIF data
On Google Play Store, there are several apps available, both for a fee and free of cost. Some free EXIF editor tools are Photo EXIF Editor, ExifTool, and EXIF editor. These tools let you browse your photos gallery to let you choose your desired image and to view and open its EXIF data in a very organized way and in the form of editable fields, where you can either enter new information or delete the information already present.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing a new app on your phone to deal with EXIF data of your images, you can use one of the many online websites to do the job for you. One such website is Free Online EXIF Viewer. To use this website just visit this website, upload your file, and after that click on “Analyze”. This will show you a very detailed report regarding the EXIF data of your file in the form of editable fields. You can edit (delete or add information) in these fields, save the changes, and download the image with updated EXIF data.
EXIF data is automatically added to images by digital cameras and may contain information that might compromise user privacy if not taken care of. While with Google Photos you might be able to see some basic EXIF information of your file, to view detailed EXIF information, and to be able to edit it, you will have to turn to third-party solutions such as third-party Android apps and websites.
In my opinion, using free online Websites to edit EXIF data is easy and has the advantage that you will not need to install any additional software on your phone.