iPhone Photos - Activate / deactivate save location as recording location

For photos and videos, the Apple iPhone's camera app can save the current location as the recording location in the file. But what does this information bring and how can you deactivate location while using the camera in iOS? Or: why should you activate it? Here you will not only find answers to these questions, but also the appropriate instructions. Because the option to switch the location of photo and video recordings on and off is not that easy to find ...

You want to save the location where a photo / video was taken directly via the camera app so that the photos app can sort it accordingly? You can find the instructions here.

iPhone settings: (de) activate location for camera app

To switch the storage of a location for photos and videos on or off, you have to use the settings on the iPhone again. In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you exactly how to do it:

  1. Opens the Settings on the Apple smartphone
  2. Tap on the menu item Privacy
  3. Now you choose the one at the top Location services from
  4. Select the in the app overview Camera from
  5. Tick ​​the box When using the app 

Of course, the instructions show how to activate the location function. To deactivate, check the box next to it No. You can also activate it Ask next time choose. But then it may be that every time you use the iPhone's camera app, you will be asked whether your location can be used. This can be annoying in the long run and delay the quick snapshot. By the way, you can use a controller to determine whether the exact or only the approximate location should be used.

Screenshot instructions: (de) activate location for iPhone photos and videos

Here I have recorded the procedure shown in individual steps again in the form of screenshots. So if you can't cope with the list above, you can use the screenshots as a guide.

Why activate the location service for the camera app?

If you have privacy concerns and want to keep your smartphone use as anonymous as possible, then you may have clicked on this post to disable tracking when taking photos and videos. However, if you want the smart display of your recordings in the Photos app under iOS or after transferring the files under macOS on your Mac, then you might be here to activate it. The automatic sorting of recordings in albums named after locations only works if the location service is active. Only then can you display the albums or individual photos on a map (as soon as photos / videos with location have been made).

This is what it can look like when the photos app on the iPhone sorts the photos by location, among other things, and arranges them in corresponding albums. Source: Apple.com
This is what it can look like when the photos app on the iPhone sorts the photos by location, among other things, and arranges them in corresponding albums. Source: Apple.com

Further instructions for photos and videos on the Apple iPhone

As you've probably already noticed, I've been eating a fool of iOS's photos and camera apps lately. I only came across the location service setting because I was surprised that my photos weren't shown sorted by location. I had the checkmark next to "Never". Now I know and you know what you have to change to get the locations albums displayed.

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4 Responses to “iPhone Photos – enable/disable store location as recording location”

  1. Good evening,
    Unfortunately, enabling location services seems really difficult. I don't find No. 5 "Check the box when using the app".
    Can someone give me a TIP?
    Thank you and best regards

    1. Hello Heinz! For me, this is under Settings> Data protection> Location services and then further down for the corresponding app.

  2. For one, it's cool that photos can be grouped by location. On the other hand, not so great because of data protection. It is also the question of whether the coordinates are sent when the images are sent….

  3. Unfortunately, activation in the camera app also asks whether the location should be saved or only used once.

    But if you look at the pictures, there is no place above. Just today and the time.

    This has only been noticed sporadically since iOS 17 and now since the last update this error from other iOS bugs is permanently present again.
    When will the bug be fixed again?
    Since a complete switch off also the version “Special switch off” as offered by support as help does not change anything.

    Do you have another idea?
    It is independent of iPhone devices. We have 4 different ones. And the same problem on everyone with the same iOS version 🙁

    Thank you in advance. And waiting for an urgent solution...

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