60 thoughts on “Instagram Tips: How to Geotag a Picture to Your Photo Map After You’re No Longer at a Location”

  1. Fatemeh Fakhraie

    Thank you so much for the hat tip, Steph! I’m really glad to see that the method is working for you!

    1. stephaniepellett

      You’re welcome Fatemeh! Thank *you* so much for the article in the first place! Such helpful information.

  2. Great tip!

    I’m actually experiencing a problem viewing my photo map. I have been selecting the ‘add to photo map’ option for all my photos for the past couple years now, but my photo map is light gray (inactive). So, my location services are turned ON and I am adding the photos to the map, but I can’t look at it. Do you know of any way to fix this? If not, no problem. Thanks in advance!

    1. stephaniepellett

      Hi Heather, thanks for your comment! Unfortunately I’m not aware of how to fix that problem, I’m sorry! I hope you are able to figure it out because that must be frustrating. You could try deleting and re-downloading the app to see if that would maybe re-set things. Sorry I can’t be more help!

  3. Hi! How do I officially name(geo-tag in blue letters) a location if it doesn’t exist in the current instagram (or google API)? Say I opened a new business on the street, will I always need to custom name it with gray letters when I tag my location? How can i make it “official” and blue ?

    1. stephaniepellett

      Hey carbo! I’m sorry, I don’t have the answer for that one yet, but I’ll try and do some research and maybe try and find the solution! If I do, I’ll be sure to let you know and share it in a blog post. Thanks for the great question though! Good luck.

    2. All of instagram’s locations are stored on Foursquare, and you can add new locations in foursquare’s database. I think this link might help you bit.ly/1jkJ8eX

  4. Adrijana Brečko

    I have been googling about this issue and never found an answer until now.. It worked!! THANK YOUUUU! :D it has been driving me crazy.. Thanks for sharing, really!

  5. Camilo Lozano

    Thank u so much! I’ve been trying to find a way for geo-tagging even months later. This is so helpful! Now I just wish there would be something to do to fix locations on already uploaded on IG.

    I’m putting it out there. Maybe someone will hear my plead :p

    1. Hey! Unfortunately I’m not aware of any way to eliminate location data from already uploaded photos short of deleting them and reposting! But if I hear of anything, I’ll let you know. Thanks!

  6. This helped so much. I use it for #tbt and now I can add the location :) thank you so much x

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this, it worked perfectly! I agree that many times we snap and share later because that makes it easier to enjoy our trip. This is such a great fix and I appreciated it (even though it seems like something trivial)! It helps when I share photos I’ve edited for my photography business after I’ve come home!

    1. I’m glad it helped Andrea! I think it’s much better to focus on the trip in the moment and worry about the Instagramming later. :)

  8. Thank you for the wonderful post and the link to Fatemeh’s post, both your blogs helped a lot!

    However, I do have 1 issue still.
    After I geo-tag my photos using Koredoko, use InstaSize and upload on Instagram, the geo-tag goes away!

    Does anyone know any re-sizing app that keeps the photo’s geo-tag? Or do I have to resize my photo first before geo-tagging it on Koredoko?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Trish, thanks for your comment! I don’t know exactly, but I would say probably resizing first (basically having the exact photo you want) before putting it through Koredoko would probably work. I have also used Afterlight to put the white borders around a photo before and I believe it holds the location data. Good luck!

  9. Is there any way to remove geotags once an image has been uploaded to twitter. For instance , you took a picture of a location (not realizing geotag was turned on) which was fine but for privacy reasons, you shouldn’t have tagged the location. Is there anything that can be done short of deleting the image from Instagram?

    1. Hi Karina, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I don’t currently know of any way to do this, short of deleting the photo and reposting. I’ll look into it and if I find anything I’ll let you know. Thanks!

  10. Ahh thank you so much! This was exactly the type of solution I was looking for and it worked perfectly! I also enjoy looking at my photo map and like it to actually reflect where the picture was taken so this was a lot of help!

    1. stephaniepellett

      I’m so glad that it helped you out Sam! I know exactly what you mean about the photo map, I love looking at mine too. :)

  11. Wow! Thanks for this! I moved from Japan to Spain via the UK and I came across your post! Gonna install now (soo many pics to sort & post).

    Cool name too… Koredoko is Japanese for Where is/was this? :)

  12. I see no way to drag the photo. When I try to drag a photo, the whole map moves along with it. Obviously, I’m the only one with this issue. It’s driving me mad. Is there a step I’m missing?

    1. Aahhhh… After a few more tries, it seems that on my iPad, I have to touch the N/A section just right for it to drag.

  13. was able to drag and get coordinates but when I save with metadata and load onto IG and select “name this location” It just shows locations near where I am. Can someone help?

  14. Doesn’t work. I’ve saved the metadata, but all the locations still show up as physically near me.

  15. i have an instagram location for my store. Everything shown is right for the address and then when you click it on the photo map it brings me to a different location, how can i fix this?

  16. Hi there, thanks for the nice post! I’m turning to you with a question you may or may not be able to answer, but I have searched for an answer to no avail and now I’m turning to you since you seem to have a grip on the subject :-)

    When I first signed up for Instagram I deleted all of my photos from the photo map and turned off location access for privacy, also thinking I just didn’t want to use it thus graying out the location pin. Now I have started doing some traveling I would like to use it but I can’t seem to re-activate it. I have turned location access back on and I’m able to upload photos with the option to ‘post to map’, however, the pin remains grayed out. I understand that I won’t be able to see the previous posts on the map, but the last three I have uploaded should by all intents and purposes have shown up there :-(

    Any insights you or anyone on the thread have would be greatly appreciated.


  17. Nate Opgenorth

    Cool! I was on a road trip to Milwaukee, WI last summer and I love the Chicago area so I grabbed my DSLR and snapped a photo of the Chicago Skyline sign on I-94! I had my laptop and I emailed the photo to my iPhone and posted it on Instagram…I didn’t realize it but it saved a copy with the geotag automatically added and then I sent that photo back to my laptop and bam! Its Geotaged! What I really need is some stand alone software to Geotag since my DSLR has no means of Geotag being a bit older.

  18. The first time I tried it it didn’t work, but the second time I turned off my location settings before using the location thing in Instagram and it showed me all the locations around where the original picture was taken two years ago in Myanmar. It works perfectly and I’m very very happy! Thank you so much <3

  19. This is a big problem as I see it. There is a new app in development called GreatView designed to solve this precise problem. It can be used to map & share the exact location & orientation that photos were taken either with camera phone or digital camera too.

  20. Geotagging is crucial, and i’ve been looking for a way to tag a location for a long time, so thanks a lot! That’s exactly the way i was promoting my instagram: adding lots of people, but i mainly made it on geolocation basis. Some say that 50 % is back, but i’m affraid it’s not realistic, i heard about from 10 to 30 % depending on what actions you undertake: like, comment, or both. But it works anyways=) What always bothered me
    is that you can’t find the ones who didn’t follow you back, so you must check everyone. But i’m glad to share a link to a new service allowing to unfollow up to 5000 at once – https://fast-unfollow.com. It also offers 1000 free unsubscriptions once you have registered, so you can try it out easily. Thank me later=)

  21. this article has gave me more input on how instagram maps work. i wanted to know if u rename the location for ur post after uve left the actual location, photo maps on instagram will show ur nearby or current location based on ur phone gps settings right? If thats true, then my spouse has been to few places, mostly housing area, that he’s never mentioned to me at being or visiting at all, because apparently hes always at work.. i wanted to find out more information about geotags before i jump to any conclusions.. im logical enought to discuss about it and talk it out but i wanted to at least have more knowledge on insta geotags first to figure out whether the person might be lying to me or its all just in my head.

  22. it used to be worked but as long as I updated it, instead of save with metadate appears just save !!!

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  24. Hmm, it’s nice tip, thanks. And what do you think about apps which find followers for you? I ask because my sister started using one called zen-promo (.com?) as I remember and as she says it’s pretty cool way because you don’t have to do anything. I think it’s useful but is it illegal? Thank you for answer

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