Today is a learning day! Did you know that you can find out someone’s exact location via Instagram? Yeah, I mean exact. Down to the house they are living in. This makes is beyond easy for someone creeeeeepy to find out where you and your family live. Scary huh? Well, have no fear, I’m here today to show you how to A. find out if your information is being shared, B. find out how to take the location off of any pictures you have already unknowingly tagged, and C. make sure that you no longer give away this private information!
Are you sharing your location with strangers?
Well, if you have ever tagged a restaurant, grocery store, gym, airport, zoo, etc. chances are you have been sharing your location with people unknowingly. To find out for sure, go to your profile in Instagram and click on the map button as shown in the picture below. If a map shows up, you are sharing your location! If a message shows up telling you about the photo map and telling you that it is currently empty, you are safe! Woohoo for you! (If your map shows up, zoom all the way in on the pictures, it literally shows your house if you have posted pictures there….scary!)
So, you’re sharing your location…how do you get it to stop?!?
Great question, and it is SO easy! 1. Go to your profile in Instagram and click on the map button. 2. You will see photos on the map. 3. Click on the menu button in the top right hand corner of the screen. An “Edit” button will pop up when you do.
4. Once you have clicked edit, the screen will go dim except for the photos. 5. Click on the photos and then press edit in the pop up. 6. A new screen will show that has all of your photos on it. You can click on each picture individually or at the bottom of the screen (not shown) press “Deselect All”.
Click “Done” in the upper right corner and a window like the one below should pop up. Click “Confirm” and that’s it, you’ve untagged all of your photos!
I’ve taken location off of all my pictures, how do I make sure I don’t do it again?
When you are uploading a photo, uncheck the “Add to Photo Map” box just below “Tag People”. Once unchecked your pictures will not show up on the map! Simple as that. You can also turn of locations on your phone to be sure, but I use a run tracking app that needs locations/GPS to function so that doesn’t work for me.
Now, I’m not an expert, so if I have gotten anything wrong here, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments! Let me know if you have any questions at all as well!