This Week's Sponsor:


Endless Clipboard for Mac and iOS Devices

deGeo: A Simple, Useful Geotag Remover for iOS



If you take pictures on your iPhone (or iPad) and you’ve allowed Apple’s Camera app to use your location, your photos will contain hidden, uneditable geotag data that are embedded in the files and that you can’t remove using system apps. Last week, I covered Photos+ by Second Gear, an alternative Photos app that allows you to view locations attached to photos through inline map views. deGeo, a $0.99 app for the iPhone and iPad, takes the opposite approach: it’s a geotag remover that lets you pick photos from your Camera Roll, clean them up to remove metadata, and share them or export them again with no location data attached.

While I generally like to store my photos with location metadata, there are times when I want to share a picture without allowing people to look inside the file and see GPS coordinates of my location. For instance, my girlfriend and I recently moved to Rome, and I’m uncomfortable with sharing photos of our apartment/neighborhood knowing that, potentially, someone online could download the photo, read the metadata, and see where I live.

deGeo is simple and it gets the job done in one step. You open the app, pick a photo, and share it or save it again with no embedded metadata. You can confirm that a photo has embedded metadata by swiping to the left to reveal a Map panel that will show coordinates, a readable location name, and date/time stamps; gestures are also supported to share (swipe down) and choose another photo (swipe up). After running a photo through deGeo, I opened Photos+ and, indeed, I could see that the app had removed both location as well as time and device-related metadata (i.e. people won’t be able to tell whether a picture was taken on an iPhone or an Android phone).

Sharing options include Instagram, Twitter, Dropbox, Flickr, and Evernote, and you can also give the app multiple photos at once, although in that case only some services that support multiple files will be enabled (like Mail and Messages). I shared photos on Twitter and Dropbox from deGeo, redownloaded them, and confirmed that the app had indeed erased metadata from them.

deGeo could use a nicer icon, a revamped sharing menu (perhaps something like OvershareKit?), and a URL scheme to launch the app in “last photo taken” mode, which would make for a good way to quickly share a picture you’ve taken without revealing your location.

deGeo is useful and provides a feature that’s absent from Apple’s apps and many other third-party replacements. It’s only $0.99 on the App Store.

Unlock More with Club MacStories

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
  • Club MacStories+: Everything that Club MacStories offers, plus exclusive content like Federico’s Automation Academy and John’s Macintosh Desktop Experience, a powerful web app for searching and exploring over 6 years of content and creating custom RSS feeds of Club content, an active Discord community, and a rotating collection of discounts, and more;
  • Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.