One of the functions that cameras have in today’s devices such as iPhones, the vast majority of Android phones and tablets, among others; is that through the GPS system they can add to the metadata of the photos you take with your device, information about the exact location where it was taken, which is called a “geotag”.

An important detail is that the geotag information can be extracted from the image, giving you the possibility of obtaining the exact coordinates that the GPS system recorded in it and thus obtaining the data of the location where it was taken, giving the possibility of using this information in the image search within the albums of the device.

In the case of the Preview application for Macs, it has an option that allows you to show the precise location where a marked photo was taken on a map, but only if the geotag option was activated at the time it was taken.

How to see the exact location on a map where a photo was taken with Preview and Maps on a Mac with OS X

To do this, your Mac needs to be updated to OS X Yosemite 10.10.x or higher. If you meet this requirement, you just have to follow the following steps:

  • Open a geotagged photo in the Preview app.
  • Open the Tools menu and choose the Show Inspector option.
  • Press the (i) tab and then go into the internal GPS tab.
  • Wait a moment while the map loads the location of the photo.
  • Press the Show on Maps option to open the exact location of the photo within the Maps application and thus have a better view of the place.
  • Note: If you don’t get the GPS information tab in step 3, it could be only for these reasons: the photo was not taken with the option to geotag enabledthat the device did not have this function or, failing that, the information was removed from the image metadata manually.

    It should be noted that not all standard cameras have a built-in GPS device, and because of this they do not offer the function to geotag your images. In addition, it is important that users know that the camera application of your phone and most applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social networks or to share images, have the geotag option activated by default, so that you must deactivate it in case you do not want this information to be shared along with your images. In the same way, there are different applications and tools that allow you to manually remove the geotag information from your photos, if you want or need to do so.

    Finally, while the ability to view geotag information for photos was already available for earlier versions of Preview in OS X, it was only recently that the option to better view location via Maps was added. .