Photo Maps

With an Instagram Photo Map, you can showcase where you’ve taken your photos or explore where others have taken photos on a map. Maps take you beyond recently posted photos and let you rediscover previously Instagrammed memories. You can edit your map at any time and will always be able to opt into each and every photo you add to your map. It’s a beautiful new way for you and others to view your Instagram photos.

When you take a photo while connected via Wi-Fi or 3G, your phone logs the coordinates where the photo was taken. Using that information, you can now add that photo to a Photo Map! It's an easy way to add context to photos, document travels and see photos other Instagrammers have taken nearby.

By default, adding location or adding to your Photo Map is turned off for all photos you upload to Instagram. This means that no photos will appear on your Photo Map without your explicit permission.

Starting your Photo Map

When you navigate to your Photo Map for the first time, you’ll be prompted to review photos you've previously uploaded with geolocation turned on. If you've never added geolocation to a photo, your Photo Map will appear light gray and you won't be able to navigate through to the map.

Reviewing Photos

During the review process you’ll see photos you’ve geotagged in the past, grouped together by location. From here you can deselect photos that you don't want appearing on your Photo Map, or you can deselect all images from a particular location. Once you’ve chosen which images you want to add to your Photo Map, simply tap Done to create your map!

Removing Geolocation

It's important to note that when you deselect a photo during this review process the photo’s location data will be removed from Instagram permanently. The only way to get this data back if you've accidentally removed geolocation from a photo is to re-upload the image.

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After taking your photo and adding a filter, turn on the Add to your Photo Map setting before sharing your photo.

General location sharing

If the Add to Photo Map setting has been turned on, it'll attach an approximate latitude and longitude with your photo.

Specific (blue text) location sharing

If the Add to Photo Map setting has been turned on, it'll attach an approximate latitude and longitude with your photo.

Once you make a selection from the Nearby list, the location you choose will replace the “Name this location” text. When you tag your photo with a specific location, people viewing your photo will be able to see exactly where you took it.

Custom (blue text) location sharing

Don't see your specific location listed? You can create a custom name for the location and link it to the general latitude and longitude of your photo. On the Nearby page, type the location into the bar that says “Search or add a location" to give a custom name to that location.

Note: Adding a custom location doesn't mean you're adding it to the list of specific, public locations available for other people to check in at. Custom locations aren't available for other people to use; they're for your own use. Learn more about making a new location available to the public.

Location on the web

When viewing your Photo Map from a computer, your selected location will appear alongside your photo. If you don't want to include this map, don't choose "Name this location" when you upload a photo.

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Just go to your profile and then tap to get to your Photo Map and explore your location-tagged photos. You can zoom in and out on your map or view stacks of photos taken at the same location. You can also double tap a stack of photos that appear near each other to view them in a grid.

You can explore the Photo Maps of people with public profiles and people with private profiles who've approved you as a follower. Just go to that person's profile, tap (an inactive Photo Map will appear light gray) and embark on a journey to all of the places they’ve been.

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You can remove photos from your map by tapping Edit in the top-right corner of your Photo Map. Photos you deselect won't be deleted from your Instagram profile, but the photo’s location data will be removed from Instagram permanently.

If you've accidentally removed the location from your photo, you can get that info back by uploading the post again

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When you download version 3.0 of Instagram, you'll see a section on your profile called Photo Map. When you go to your Photo Map for the first time, you’ll be prompted to select photos you've previously uploaded with geolocation turned on. Once you’ve chosen which photos you want on your Photo Map, simply tap Done.

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When uploading a photo to Instagram, turn the Add to your Photo Map setting on to add it to your Photo Map for you and others to see. You can also choose a name for the location.

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If someone you follow has approved photos to appear on their map, you can explore their Photo Map on Instagram. Just to their profile, tap Photo Map and embark on a journey to all of the places they’ve ever Instagrammed.

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Your Photo Map will only be visible to other people on Instagram after you've reviewed and approved photos that you've previously geotagged. If you've never geotagged a photo or if you've chosen to deselect all of your photos during the review process, your Photo Map will appear disabled and no one will be able to navigate to it.

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Geotagging is a technical term for storing the latitude and longitude of your current location with your photo. This data is collected by the GPS device in your phone or tablet and is accessible to Instagram if you grant permission.

If you'd like to turn this off, please consult your phone/tablet manufacturer’s instructions and settings.

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Only approved followers will be able to see your Photo Map after you've gone through the Photo Map review process or if you've uploaded photos and added them to your Photo Map.
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Yes. Tap Edit in the top right of your Photo Map to remove photos. From there you can deselect images to permanently remove their geotag.

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No, the image won't be deleted from Instagram. The photo’s location data will be removed from Instagram permanently but the photo will still be on your profile.

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You may not be able to see someone's Photo Map if:

  • They haven’t reviewed and approved previously geotagged photos
  • They've never geotagged a photo
  • They've chosen to deselect all of their photos during the review process
  • They've set their profile to private and you aren't following them
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At this time, there's no way to add geolocation information to previously uploaded images.

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To make sure that nothing shows up on your Photo Map, you should review your Photo Map and deselect all photos. Also, if you never review your map, your photos will never be added to your Photo Map.

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We ask that you're mindful of which photos you add to your Photo Map during the initial review process since locations will be visible to people who can see your posts.

If you've geotagged a group of photos near your home or another location you'd prefer not to share, you'll be able to remove the entire photos from your map during the review process or by going to your Photo Map and then tapping Edit.

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Geotagged photographs are visible on some third-party services that use our API, like gramfeed.com and web.stagram.com. Photos tagged with a location will also appear on that location’s page, and the location name will be visible on the photo's share URL.

Note: If someone sets their photos to private, the photos won't be visible to people that aren't following them. This includes photos on location and hashtag pages.

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