How to Get Metadata of Photos on iPhone or iPad

The metadata of an Image holds a lot of secrets, from the device info, settings like ISO, shutter speed to its location. At times you need this info for editing, digital identification, comparisons, understanding or just for fun. While iOS devices don’t share details of the picture, but there are ways to get metadata of photos.

Before we move on to the methods, let’s understand the term and its significance a bit better.

What is Photo Metadata?

Metadata is just a form of structuring data; in this case, EXIF data of the device used to take the photo. It usually includes the following information:

    • iPhone model, Camera Type
    • Camera Settings – ISO, Shutter, Focal Length, Lens, Aperture
    • Image Information – Format, File size, Date and time, resolution
    • Location Data

And much much more. Most of this data is automatically created. But you can change this data before or after clicking the image as you see fit.

For Instance, you can set a ‘Photographer’ metadata field with your name or disable geotagging.

Note: This data isn’t limited to only photos you have clicked with your own iPhone. It also implies to images that are transferred or received via various methods, and even the screenshots.

How to View Photo Metadata on iPhone or iPad

All the data mentioned above can be found within your picture. But for some reason, Apple has made it difficult to access it in iOS devices.

So, let’s uncomplicate the matter and jump on to three methods to retrieve the EXIF metadata of an image.

View EXIF Metadata Using Files App in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 

It might be a time-consuming procedure, but then you are not taking any third-party help. So, a perfect solution for those who prefer privacy.

  1. Open Photos app and select the image or images for whom you want to check Metadata
  2. Tap on the Share tab from the bottom left of the screen.open-photos-app-tap-on-select-choose-image-and-tap-on-share
  3. Scroll down and select Save to Files.
  4. Select a location for the file and tap Save.tap-on-save-to-files-select-location-and-tap-on-save
  5. Now, exit the Photos app and open the Files app.
  6. Go to the saved photo and long press on it to invoke the contextual menu.open-files-app-tap-on-folder-and-long-press-on-saved-image
  7. Here tap on info from the menu
  8. On the Information page, tap on Show More and scroll down to see detailed Metadata.
  9. Once satisfied, tap Done.tap-on-info-and-then-tap-on-show-more-to-view-photo-information-from-files-app-in-ios-13

Another flaw with this method is saving images upon images to the Files app. Naturally, this eats up into the precious storage space of your device.

So, remember to delete the photos from the Files app you don’t need anymore.

Use Siri Shortcut to Check Photo Metadata

Oh yes! There is a shorter way to do this. However, this is a third-party Shortcut dubbed EXIF Photo Details, sourced from RoutineHub.

Before we proceed, download the Shortcut from icloud.com and ensure that untrusted shortcuts are enabled on your device.

  1. Open Shortcuts app and tap on EXIF Photo Details. Or ask Siri to invoke the Shortcut
  2. Here tap on Select photos or Select files.open-shortcuts-using-siri-tap-on-exif-photo-details-and-then-tap-on-select-photos-or-select-files
  3. Now, select Album and tap on the image or images you want to check Metadata
  4. Select Done. After some time, a new page(s) will load
  5. Scroll down to check the EXIF data.tap-on-album-select-photo-and-tap-on-done
  6. Tap on the Share tab and then tap on Save to Files to save EXIF data.check-exif-data-tap-on-share-and-then-tap-on-save-to-files
  7. Select location and tap on Save, or convert it into PDF as per your choice
  8. Select Done to exit.choose-location-to-save-photo-and-then-tap-on-done

Along with being faster, this method lets select multiple images at once and allows Share Sheet access. Thanks to which you can share or save the metadata or EXIF information freely.

Get Metadata of Photos Using an iOS App

You can also use an app to view a photo’s metadata. Many apps can help you, but we prefer a free app called Photo Investigator.

  1. Download, install, and open the Photo Investigator app.
  2. Tap on the Photo Library icon from the lower left of the screen.
    Note: If prompted, allow the app to access your Photos app.open-photo-investigator-app-tap-on-library-and-allow-acces-to-photos-app
  3. Select the album and the photo you would like to view the metadata for.select-album-and-tap-on-image-in-photo-investigator-on-iphone
  4. The app divides the data into several sections for easier view, tap on the tab you want to view
  5. To view the complete data, tap on Metadata and then View all.view-iphone-photos-metadata-using-photo-investigator-app
  6. To share the data, tap on Share, and select the method.share photos metadata via message or email on iphone

The paid version of the app also allows you to edit or remove the metadata as well.

If you use any manual camera app, you can check out the EXIF data within that app. As most of them store detailed metadata info whenever you click an image.

Signing off 

It can sometimes be frustrating to go through all this, just to view photo metadata on iPhone or iOS. However, it is what it is!

The Photos app might be missing on this feature, but it does boast so many other essential and helpful features like:

Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.