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Facebook, Inc. owns Instagram, a social networking site for sharing images and videos. It was developed by Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, and it debuted in October 2010 only for iOS. A year and a half later, in April 2012, a version for Android smartphones was made available. This was followed by apps for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 in April 2016 and October 2016, respectively, as well as a feature-limited online interface in November 2012. The app allows users to upload photos and videos, which can be edited with filters and organized with tags or by phone monitoring app. Users can view trending material as well as browse the content of other users by tags and places. Users can follow other users and “like” photos to add their material to a feed.

Initially, the service stood out by only enabling content to be framed in a square (1:1) aspect ratio; however, these limitations were loosened in 2015. The platform is also praised for its distinctive features, including the capability to add “filters,” which are alterations that change the appearance of the image, and “lenses,” which are augmented reality filters, as well as its geotagging functionality.

Geodata and Instagram

Geotagging photos on Instagram

Geotagging photos on Instagram allows users to share their locations with other users. Geotagged photos appear in a user’s feed and on a map, which can be viewed by clicking on the photo. When a user views a geotagged photo, they can see not only the location of the photo, but also other photos that have been geotagged in the same location.

Instagram offers two types of geotagging: “check-ins” and “places.” Check-ins are locations that have been verified by Instagram, while places are locations that have been identified by Instagram’s algorithms. When a user adds a check-in to a photo, they are indicating that they were actually at that location when they took the photo. When a user adds a place to a photo, they are indicating that the location is significant to the photo, even if they were not physically present at the location when the photo was taken.

Geofilters on Instagram

Geofilters are special overlays that can be added to photos and videos on Instagram. Geofilters are only available in certain locations, and they change depending on the location of the user. For example, users in New York City might see a geofilter that says “I ♥ NY,” while users in Los Angeles might see a geofilter that says “LA Loves Me.”

Geofilters can be a great way to add some personality to your photos and videos, and they can also be a fun way to show off your location. If you’re traveling to a new place, be sure to check out the geofilters that are available in that area!

How to Use Geotags and Geofilters on Instagram

To use a geotag or geofilter, simply take a photo or video and then tap on the “Location” icon. From there, you’ll be able to select a geotag or geofilter for your post.

If you’re not near a location with a geotag or geofilter, don’t worry! You can still add one to your post by searching for a location name or address. Just keep in mind that not all locations will have a geotag or geofilter available.

Tips for Using Geotags and Geofilters

Here are some tips to keep in mind when using geotags and geofilters:

– Use geotags and geofilters to add context to your photos and videos.

– If you’re posting a photo or video of a landmark, consider using the geotag or geofilter for that location.

– Be mindful of the locations you’re tagging. Tagging a sensitive location (e.g., a hospital) could be inappropriate.

– Make sure the geotag or geofilter you’re using is relevant to your photo or video. Otherwise, it may look out of place.

– Use geotags and geofilters sparingly. Overusing them can make your photos and videos look cluttered.

How to restrict geodata on Instagram

If you don’t want Instagram to access your device’s location data, you can disable location services for the app. For instructions on how to do this, please consult your device’s manual or manufacturer.

On iOS devices:

– Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

– Scroll down to Instagram and select Never.

On Android devices:

– Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > App permissions.

– Tap on Location and select Deny.

How to remove geotags from photos and videos on Instagram

If you’ve already added geotags to your photos or videos, you can remove them at any time. To do this, simply go to the photo or video in question and tap the (…) icon in the top right corner. Select Edit, then scroll down and tap Remove Location. Confirm by tapping Remove Location again.

Remember, you can always add geotags back later if you change your mind!


Geotagging your photos and videos is a great way to add context and give your followers a sense of place. If you’re worried about privacy, however, you can always remove geotags or turn them off altogether.


Q:  Can I remove geotags from photos and videos after I’ve posted them?

A: Yes, you can remove geotags at any time by editing the photo or video in question.

Q: How do I turn off geotagging altogether?

A: You can turn off geotagging by going to your device’s Settings menu and disabling it under Location Services.

Q:  I don’t want to geotag my photos and videos, but I still want to be able to see where they were taken. What can I do?

A: You can view the location data of a photo or video without geotagging it by opening the file in Google Photos and looking at the “Info” tab.

Q: Why is Instagram asking for my location?

A: By default, Instagram will ask for your location when you try to post a photo or video. This is so that we can suggest nearby places for you to tag in your post. If you don’t want to share your location with us, you can turn this feature off in your device’s Settings menu.