The Photo Investigator 4+

Edit, Remove GPS EXIF Metadata

Daniel Anderson

Designed for iPad

    • 4.3 • 1.4K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases




• See all available photo and video metadata: location, filesize, xattr, albums, date, camera and much more.
• Edit / Remove location (incl. direction & altitude), Caption, Copyright, and Date (requires in-app purchase)
• Extension to see photo metadata in Messages, Photos, and other apps.
• Open the location in Waze, Maps.Me, Apple or Google Maps, and more.

To edit multiple photos at once, select the first photo, hit Metadata -> Edit, and then under "Bulk Edit" tap "Select Photos"

Photo and video data may include location (if enabled by the camera), date, device, software versions, file size, file name, an "iOS Metadata" section, and many more metadata items. more.

You can view DEPTH MAPS by selecting a portrait photo then tapping "Portrait". You can even share these depth map images.

See all VERSIONS of a photo (created when editing photos or importing RAW photos)

Try it now!

What’s New

Version 8.0.1

- Fixed bugs that popped up in the latest large update:

+ Templates for editing metadata quicker
+ Edit metadata with action extension or the new Photos editing extension.

Thank you!

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

lmv1954 ,

New Grandchild

I wanted info on a photo that someone else sent me. So I started searching for an app to give me metadata. Have it the app for about a week. So far I like it. Discovered one thing that I hope be corrected. Found a pic in FB memories that I knew had been taken in 2018. When I saved the picture so that it was readily available, I checked the metadata & the info said the pic had been taken in 2020 instead of 2018. Looked it up in 2018 & metadata was correct. Would like to see if this could some how be resolved. Otherwise I like it.

Developer Response ,

I'm glad you're liking the app! RE: FB. Facebook strips image metadata :( I have an article on the PI blog about what websites strip metadata, but basically if you want to preserve the metadata you should send pictures via Email, Airdrop, or Messages. FB strips the metadata as a privacy feature. Yet they still record it internally and ask you if you'd like to tag the location, so removing the metadata before uploading it is still a decent idea to avoid their tracking.

azblatino ,

Great tool

It’s a great, easy to use tool to check the metadata on photos and to remove it. I use it to make sure photos I’ve taken at private locations don’t have location data that could be a safety concern if the photo is shared or posted online. (Ex: where one’s kids go to school, your home address follows by a social media post that you’re out of town, etc).
It actually helped me figure out that my partner was sending me pics of him supposedly at work, but the app helped me that the photo was taken on a different day. Even when the metadata is wiped, the absence of data can tell you that the sender scrubbed the pic before sending it. Very helpful. It may also show you the file name of the photo as the sender as it saved on their device. Ex: “fake profile pic”, “found online-not me,” etc.

Chumstick1821 ,

This App Is Long In The Tooth, but useable

I never do this, but there’s no way through Daniel’s website to submit feedback or ask questions. So: Are there any planned updates for Investigator? I love this app and it has been REALLY helpful in my many projects to convert VHS Home movies and have them placed in my library correctly, ditto for scanned pictures. However, its becoming obvious that the last update was a year ago. Small, obvious, and most annoying example: I can’t split screen investigator on the 12.9” iPad Pro. I have a small list of other things here that aren’t broken, they just aren’t there because of the age of the app. I will happily update my review upon receiving your response. (For reference: I have purchased the in-app “pro” upgrade)

Developer Response ,

FYI: There have been many updates since this review :)

Thank you!

App Privacy

The developer, Daniel Anderson, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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