I have lots of .jpegs taken either w/ iPhone (location data turned off) or DSLR w/ no location data. Id like to find an easy way to add the locations to photos so that when synced to iPhone, photos will be searchable by location and show in map on iPhone. I do not use apple iPhoto app or whatever it might now be called. Now using last version Catalina

Suggestions? Tks much.

  • RE: "I do not use apple iPhoto app or whatever it might now be called." -- In macOS Catalina it's Photos, but how are you syncing the files if you're not using it? – user3439894 Apr 8 at 19:58
  • Have a look at: GeoTa‪g‬ – user3439894 Apr 8 at 20:03
  • I sync selected folders via finder using usbc to lightning cable – Stumped 2 days ago

After saving image to Photos, open the photos app and double click on your image. This opens your image in a new window. You get a window like the one shown below.

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On the top right of the image is a group of icons. Select the first one. See below.

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When you select the first icon - a circle with the letter i in it you get a new pop up as shown below.

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As you can see at the bottom of this pop up is an area to assign a location. While this may seem tedious, once you go thru it you'll see how simple it is.

  • No I didn't. He said he does not use Photos but he didn't say he would not use photos. This is a very simple process so I thought if he tried it once he would use it. But good point. Thanks. – Natsfan Apr 8 at 19:59
  • You may be right - and probably are. But that wasn't the way i interreted it. i thought he meant he didn't use it because it was complicated. I thought he wouldn't mind a simple process. But if you think I'm way off base on this i'll just delete my answer. I respect your opinion on this. The OP can always down vote it as well. – Natsfan Apr 8 at 20:10
  • ok, thanks for the help.. – Natsfan Apr 8 at 20:43
  • Hi Natsfan - I cant tell by following the thread whom you are answering.... But, thanks for the suggestion. I do not use Photos as somewhere long ago I read/heard/ was told / cant remember that it messes with the files somehow. True or not I don't know for sure but I just assume stay away from it. I do most of my management - moving, copying, etc., on my own. I do use Adobe LR and Photoshop a little and have found a way to add the gps info by using Lightroom. Just figured it out this am. Tks – Stumped 2 days ago
  • @Stumped I was attempting to answer your question. i know you said you don't use Photos but this was such a simple way to add location that I thought maybe you'd like to give it a try. But thats ok. You may get a better answer anyway. – Natsfan 2 days ago

There is an open source item called exiftool which will let you add location data and a lot more to files.


I do use Adobe LR and Photoshop a little and have found a way to add the gps info by using Lightroom

  • Perhaps explaining how to use Lightroom to do this would be useful for others? – grg 2 days ago

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