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How to see the location of a photo you have taken with an Android mobile

24 mayo, 2021

Most Android phones ask you if you want to add location information when taking photos. If you do so, later you can consult where exactly did you take a photo, which may come in handy later.

If you want to know where you took a photo, on Android you have two ways to do it depending on the personalization layer of your mobile. We tell you how you can achieve it so much with Google Photos as in some Gallery applications.

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Before you start, remember that location information is part of the metadata for a photo. This metadata is included in the original photos, but they are lost if you have edited the photo with an application or if you have sent it through a messaging application or social network.

In Google Photos

The vast majority of Android phones come with Google Photos as the main gallery application, and fortunately it is possible to easily see the location from this app. To do this, open the photo that interests you and tap on the menu button on top. If you prefer, you will get the same result by swiping up.


If the photo includes location information in its metadata, a map will be displayed indicating the coordinates and the name of the place. Tapping on the map itself will open it up in Google Maps or other compatible map applications.

Google Photos goes one step further, and can locate photos in certain places despite not having geolocation activated in your camera app. Instead, it is based on the content of the photo and Google’s location history. You can use the Google Photos search to find the photos identified like this, and from the previous panel they are shown as Estimated location.

Locations timada Even in photos without location metadata, Google Photos includes the approximate information from location history and other sources

In the mobile gallery application

Some layers of customization still include your own gallery app instead of or in addition to Google Photos, such as Samsung or Huawei. The good news is that the method is usually the same: swipe the photo up to show the metadata, including the location.

Samsgf The location of a photo in Samsung’s gallery (left) and Huawei’s gallery (right)

In this case you don’t have the support of “the magic of Google” as in Google Photos, so you depend entirely on the photos to include the location metadata or not. In return, these gallery applications have their advantages, such as the Huawei, where you can see your photos located on the map (Discover – Location – Map icon), something not possible in Google Photos.