How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Location

If your iPhone photos aren’t showing location, you can fix it by making sure location services are turned on, updating your iPhone, or resetting your location and privacy settings.

Looking through your photos can be a fun pastime to relive past memories, vacations, and more. Not only can you see the date and time the photo was taken, but you can also see the location. You can even view a map that highlights everywhere that you have taken photos.

However, what if your iPhone isn’t showing the location where the photos were taken? Keep reading to learn a few helpful ways to try and fix this issue.

Key Takeaways

  • One of the most likely causes of this issue is your location services being turned off, or your camera not having access to your location.
  • Another way to try to fix this issue is to update your iPhone. New updates often include bug/glitch fixes and various corrections that can stop problems like this (and many others) from happening.
  • You can also try resetting your location and privacy settings, as there could be an error or something not working properly within these settings. Doing this will bring the settings back to their factory defaults.

Fix 1: Ensure Location Services is Turned on

The most likely reason for your photos not showing the place where they were taken is your location services being turned off. If this feature is not on, the phone will be unable to determine your approximate location at any given time.

To check whether location services are off or on, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services. If it was turned off, turn it back on and see if this fixes your issue.

Also, make sure that your Camera has location access as well. If location services are on but your camera doesn’t have access to your location, it won’t be able to show your location when you view photos.

Fix 2: Update Your iPhone

Another way to potentially fix this issue is to update your iPhone. New versions of iOS will normally have bug fixes that aim to correct issues and strange glitches like this one, along with plenty of others. 

While there is no guarantee that every bug will be fixed with every update, it’s certainly worth a try to see if it works. Plus, updating your iPhone is normally good for security and can introduce new features/boost performance.

In order to update your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If a new update is available, you can press Download and Install in order to begin the updating process. It should only take a few minutes to complete in most cases.

Fix 3: Reset Location and Privacy Settings

You could also try to reset your location and privacy settings. In some cases, there is an issue or weird background interaction somewhere in these settings that could be causing the location to not show when viewing photos.

Instead of trying to track down the issue and changing various settings to see what works and what doesn’t, simply resetting these settings can often help. In order to do this,  go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone. From the list of options, click Reset Location & Privacy.

If this doesn’t work, you can also try to reset all settings instead of only the location and privacy settings.

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to relive a vacation, or just simply see where some of your favorite photos were taken, being able to see photo locations is a nice feature on the iPhone. Unfortunately, there are some times when this feature may not work.

I hope this guide has been able to help you learn what to do if your iPhone photos are not showing locations.

Where are some of the coolest locations that you have taken photos on your iPhone? Let me know in a comment below.

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