I'm using the modern Apple iCloud Photos library on my iPhone and Mac.

How can I edit arbitrary EXIF metadata tags for photos in my iCloud Library?

The tags must be edited within the Photos.app / iCloud Photos database. I do NOT want to re-import the images, or be forced to make EXIF edits prior to using Photos to import the images.

I am mainly wanting to edit the photo EXIF on my Mac. An iOS tool that syncs the changes back to iCloud and the Mac would be ok, but a Mac-only solution is preferred.

Get Info

The "Get Info" window can be used to edit some EXIF data in Photos.app on the Mac. You can add a Title, Description, Keyword, and Location. You can also Adjust Date & Time.

Other EXIF metadata tags such as "Camera Model" are displayed, but seemingly cannot be edited.

In my case, specifically, I have an old digital camera that does not embed Camera Information EXIF. I want to manually add this data to its photos after importing them to my iCloud Library.

I want to eventually use the Camera Model EXIF tags to create a Smart Album in Photos.app on the Mac containing only the photos taken with this camera.


Have you seen this? https://apps.apple.com/us/app/photos-exif-editor/id1202851767?mt=12. I've used it at work and it works well and its 99 cents.

  • Have you used that app to edit tags on photos that exist in your iCloud Photos library? Or does it only work on images in the Finder? – pkamb Jul 24 '19 at 1:35
  • We use it on images we are uploading to the web to strip EXIF info so I'll check and see tomorrow but I don't think it edits within the iCloud Photos library. What if you did the EXIF edits before you import to iCloud? This one apps.apple.com/us/app/metapho/id914457352 works on iPhone and iPad so that will edit the iCloud photo library for sure. – Thomas Nelson Jul 24 '19 at 2:06

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