What is EXIF
The EXIF (Exchangeable image file format) is a set of information that is included with each photograph. When we make a photo from the mobile phone, we automatically include the date and time, the data of the camera with which it was made, the ISO values and even the location of the photo if at that time we had the GPS activated.
All the information provided by this metadata is very useful for us to know more information about photography but many times we do not know how to see it. In fact, in Android, we have multiple tools to not only know this data but to edit them, add those that are missing or eliminate them in the case that we want to erase all additional traces.
Android as the operating system does not include an EXIF data editor but through applications such as Google Photos, we can read them. In case we want to edit them we will need to download some additional application that makes use of the libraries that allow seeing more than 140 accessible data. Here we leave you a small tutorial on how to view, edit, add or delete the EXIF data that we make from Android.
How to see EXIF data on Android
To see the EXIF data from Android, the easiest is through a gallery application. We have to go to the photo, open it and click on the details option. Normally there we will find the EXIF data as the time and date of the capture, the full name of the file, the megapixels of the image, the opening of the camera, the device with which it was made, the ISO and the location of the image .
These data are the most important but the list really is very long as we will see in the following applications. We must bear in mind that although from apps like Snapseed or Google Photos we can see this EXIF data, once the photos are edited they can be lost.
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In Google Play, a quick search is enough to find many readers of the EXIF data. From here we recommend that if you only want to consult them, you can bet on a gallery of images . In 2017 most of them are already compatible with this EXIF data, proof of this is that the specialized Android EXIF readers are old and have been relegated to the background.
How to edit and add EXIF
To be able to edit this EXIF data in Android we will need a specialized application. Although there is many that does allow you to see them, few allow you to edit this EXIF data easily. Our most direct recommendation is Photo Exif Editor, an app that with the free version we have more than enough but has a paid version for 2.19 euros that eliminates advertising.
With this application, we can easily select the photo we want and see your EXIF data. We can also edit it if it has a compatible format: JPEG, DNG, CR2, NEF, NRW, ARW, RW2, ORF, PEF, SRW, and RAF.
Why would we want to edit the EXIF data? For example to change the camera model or change the date and time of capture of the photo. With Photo Exif Editor you will only select the image and click on each attribute where it will let us edit and save.
Add or change the geo-location of the photos
If the data we want to change is the geo-location of the photos we can do it from the initial map option of Photo Exif Editor. There appear a map and our photos. We select the image and we can add a location.
Once we have chosen to save and ready, those photos will be saved and when we share them, any user will be able to access their EXIF data, with this new location associated with their photograph. Exactly the same as if we had activated the GPS at the time of taking the photo.
How to delete EXIF data on Android
Finally, there is the option to delete the EXIF data. There are some specialized applications in this task that allow you to do it at once for several images.
In the case of our Photo Exif Editor, we will do it from the menu in the upper right corner, right next to the one eye icon. Clicking on that “exif” button will show us a list of the various metadata that we can eliminate, also with its corresponding option to mark everything. To eliminate them, it will be enough to press the save button and we will have our image without this EXIF metadata.