Find date and time a photo was taken on iPhone

Someone sent you a picture and you need to know when it was taken? Can’t remember when something happened and looking for a way to find out the date and time from the photos? Some iPhone users captured photos but can’t find the time and date of when the photo was taken from the Photos app or Camera Roll. In fact, you can get the photo time stamp from both the Files app and the Photos app. In this article, you will learn how to easily find out the time and date of when the photo was taken on your iPhone or iPad without any third-party apps. We will also provide you the solution to remove or hide metadata of your photos at the bottom of this article so as to protect your privacy.


Method 1. Find photo time stamp in Photos Method 2. View photo date & time in Files Remove photo date & time Add date & time stamp to photos

Here are two methods to view the photo capture date and time on iPhone

Method 1. Find photo time stamp in Photos

Open the Photos app on your iPhone. Open the album to find the photo which you like to add date to, Tap to enlarge the photo, you can then see the date and time on the top.

find out photo taken date and time in Photos app on iphone

You can also tap on the Info icon (i inside a circle) at the bottom to bring up the file information dialog as the lower section of the screen. The time stamp will be displayed below the photo. Here you can also adjust the photo capture date and time. Simply tap on Adjust button to change the time stamp of an existing photo on iPhone. You can even copy the photo creation date and time to clipboard. Long press on the date & time, then choose Copy Date & Time from the popup-up dialog.

view, adjust, change, copy photo date and time in Photos app on iphone

Method 2. View photo date & time in Files

Open the Photos app or your Camera Roll on iPhone, find and open the picture, tap on the action menu from the bottom left corner to bring up the menu list at the lower section on your iPhone screen. Scroll down the long menu list until you see Save to Files item. Tap on it, then choose a location or folder on your iPhone to save the image file. For example, you can save it to the Downloads folder.

After that, launch the Files app on iPhone, browse to the above directory which you have saved the picture to. You should see the date of the photo below the picture thumbnail and name.

find photo taken date in Files app on iphone

If you like to view the specific time of the photo as well. Long press on the photo to pop up the action menu and choose Get Info from the menu list. You will then open the detailed information about the selected image file, including file format, size, dimensions, camera, device, date & time, etc.

Here you can find the modified date and time, created date and time of the photo. Scroll down to find out many other detailed information of the photo, such as dimensions, resolution, color profile, device make, device model, lens model, aperture value, exposure time, etc.

Remove iPhone photo date & time

If you want to share your photos with others but don’t want them to know when the pictures were taken, you can follow these steps to remove EXIF, metadata from iPhone photos using a third-party image editor app for iOS.

Add date and time stamp to photos on iPhone

Want to add date and time automatically when you take photos? Need to add time stamp on existing photos on iPhone? We have these two issues covered in this guide to add date and time to photos on iPhone.

Update Oct 2022: this article was originally published in 2020; added the second method to find out photo time stamp from the Photos app; replaced some out-dated screenshots.

5 thoughts on “Find date and time a photo was taken on iPhone”

  1. The article says “…you can easily find out the time and date of when the photo was taken…”. For something as basic as finding out the date of a file, this would NOT be classified as an “easy” process. It shouldn’t even BE a process. This is why I can’t stand ios. Not sure why people think ios is so easy to use.

    1. Bruh like you have to press like 1 button to see it. What do u mean IOS is not easy to use. It is one of the most basic and has a lot of features but you don’t NEED to even activate them

  2. That’s not the date/time the photo was taken. It’s the date/time the file was created, which was when you selected, “Save to Files.” Pretty useless, and not what was asked.

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