iOS 17 Brings Enhanced Privacy: Easily Remove Photo Metadata Before Sharing. In the latest iOS 17 update, Apple has introduced a convenient feature that addresses privacy concerns related to photo sharing. This new functionality allows users to easily strip metadata from images before sharing them, ensuring personal information like geographical location, device used, and time of capture remains private.
Previously, maintaining privacy when sharing photos often required downloading specialized third-party apps. These apps were designed to remove metadata, but they came with drawbacks such as the need to create a copy of the image, potential loss of quality, and the risk of accidentally sharing the original, unaltered photo.
Now, with iOS 17, iPhone users can avoid these hassles. The operating system provides an integrated solution that lets you share “clean” photos while keeping the original’s metadata intact in your camera roll. This eliminates the need for external applications and streamlines the process of sharing images securely.
To use this feature, simply select the photo you wish to share, tap on the share button located at the bottom left of the screen, and then access the Options at the top left. Here, you’ll find the ability to disable the “All Photo Data” switch. Doing so removes not only the metadata but also any edits, such as crops, filters, and Live Photo effects, ensuring the recipient sees only the image, devoid of any additional information or alterations.
Additionally, iOS 17 offers flexibility in choosing the format of the shared image. While the default setting is ‘Automatic’, which optimizes the format based on the destination, users also have the option to select ‘Current’ to maintain the photo’s existing format or ‘More Compatible’ to convert photos to JPG and videos to H.264, if they are in a different format. This feature provides an extra layer of control over how images are shared, catering to various preferences and requirements.