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How to Remove EXIF Data from Photos on Your Mac

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Whenever you capture photos on your digital camera or smartphone,  some details about the image are saved along with the image itself. That data is called metadata or EXIF data. It has information including the name of the device used to capture the image, location, the time and date when the image was taken, and so on.

Having this data stored along with the image is not an issue. But, you may, sometime, want to remove this data. It may be before sharing the images with someone who you don’t want to share those extra details with, or whatever personal reasons.

Please note that before you try to remove the EXIF data from your images on Your Mac, we recommend you to first check to see whether your images actually have that data.

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How to Remove EXIF Data from Images on Mac Quickly

1. Right click on the image that you want to check the EXIF data for and select “Open With” > “Preview”. It will launch the image in the Preview app.

2. After the Preview app opens , click on “Tools” > “Show Inspector” in the app. It will launch the information panel for your image.

3. Here, you will see whether your image has EXIF data embedded in it. If your image has that data, it will show in the “EXIF” tab. Click on it and it will expand with more details.

In case you do not see any data under the EXIF tab, it means your image does not have any data embedded in it.

It can be seen that it has alll the details about the image. If you don’t have any problem with it being shared, you can let it be.

But, if you do have a problem, here is how to remove EXIF data from images on your Mac :

( There are a number of free third-party apps available for this purpose. Here, we are going to use ImageOptim app for the purpose. )

Remove EXIF Metadata from Photos with ImageOptim app

Step 1 : Download the ImageOptim exif remover Mac app.

Step 2 : When the app has been downloaded, double click on it to extract the real app file. Then drag and drop it in the Applications folder in the Finder. It will now be shown in your Launchpad.

Step 3 : Click on Launchpad in your dock, search for ImageOptim and launch it.

The app will open with an empty window with only the option to add images.

Step 4 :  Open the folder where your images are located and drag and drop them in the ImageOptim window. They shall automatically be processed by the app.

Note : In this process, original images will be overwritten. So, if you want to keep your original images with the EXIF data, make a copy of those images before adding them into the app.

You can add as many images into the app as you want, and they will all be processed together.

Your work is done. If you wish to make sure that the EXIF data has been removed, you can do so by checking it in the same way as we told in the beginning ( in the Preview app ).