One of my most popular articles on this blog is how to add geotags to your photos so you can tag them in the correct location. Well, Instagram’s August 17th update (version 7.4) has made some of that post irrelevant. With the new update, you no longer have to turn off Location settings!
Previously, in order to add a location that you were not currently in, you had to have your Location Services settings turned off in order to force the app to rely on the geotag data in your photo. Now, you’ll need to make sure Instagram’s Location Services are turned to “While Using the App.” For iPhone iOS 8 users, this means you’ll go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > and then find Instagram in the list of apps.
Once Location Services is turned on, Instagram will default to using the geotag data in the photo, not your current location.
I’m really happy about this upgrade! So happy that Instagram is finally on the same page as users when it comes to tagging the photos we love!
To learn more about adding geotags to photos that don’t have them, check out this post, which offers step-by-step instructions and visuals.
And now, the downside.
The new update also removes the ability to add custom locations, which you could do previously. If you’ve created custom locations previously, they are no longer available to choose when tagging your location.
This is sure to make a lot of people angry, especially bloggers and marketers.
Helpful reader Zack mentions that you may still be able to add custom locations, but you’ll need to enter them in Facebook first. He pointed me to these links from Instagram: How do I create a new location? and Why can’t I add a custom location I’ve used in the past in a new post? Some good stuff that adds a little context. Thanks, Zack!
Are you excited about the new update? Have questions? Post them here.