Google Photos remains one of the finest methods to sync your collection to the cloud, even without its free high-quality backups. It can be accessed from any web-connected device, although not all applications have the same tools. For years, the Photos app for Android has been unable to manually change metadata — a critical function for any gallery tool — but that is now changing with Google’s latest version.
The ability to add and alter information from photographs and videos is realistically required, and it is something that Android customers have long sought from the firm.
Not only did Google add it to the web client way back in 2015, but the iOS version of the app supports editing this info as well — something we’ve previously highlighted as an odd exclusion.
So while this feature is definitely overdue, it’s at least easy to use (via 9to5Google). To edit the time and date for an image, just tap on the pencil icon in the description field below your selection. It uses Android’s standard day and time picker to change this info, so it’s easy to select the exact timeframe you want. Once the new metadata is entered, just tap back to your photo to close it.
There is no method to remove or conceal metadata from individual photos, but you can set random entries if you want to remove or hide metadata from specific captures. There is also no ability to batch update your photos; instead, you must utilize the online app for group editing.
This appears to be a server-side upgrade, like with most Google app updates. However, we are seeing it on Google Photos v5.60, so it may already be on your phone. If you don’t see the edit button, try updating the app from the Play Store link below or downloading the most recent APK from APK Mirror.