Whether you need to establish an alibi or refresh your memory, it would be helpful to see the data directly on the photo. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t have a built-in timestamp for photos on the iPhone or iPad.
However, that’s not the end of the story of adding a date and time stamp to your iPhone photos. There are a few apps available that can help you with the process. Some of these apps are free, while others are paid and offer more features.
Adjust date and time on iOS
iOS doesn’t let you directly add a date and time stamp to your photos. But there is a record of when you took each image on your iPhone. This date and time are automatically embedded in every image you capture. Although you cannot add the date and time to the photo, you can adjust it.
Remark: This works for iOS 15 or later.
Here’s what to do:
- Open the Gallery app on your iPhone and tap the photo that interests you.
- Tap the i icon.
- Crane To adjust.
- Select the date and time you want to set.
If you want to get the date and time stamped on your photo, read on for other solutions!
Add Timestamps – Using Apps
If you prefer to see your information directly on your photos, here are a few apps you can try. They will all be a little different, but the general purpose of time and date stamping on your photos will be achieved.
We’ve provided some step-by-step instructions, so consider which option is easiest for you to work quickly and efficiently.
PhotoMarks app for – $4.99
Although this app is not free, it is highly rated in the App Store mainly because it is easy to use. With this app you can stamp all kinds of notes on your photos. This app also allows you to post directly to your favorite social networking platforms, forcing you to take all sorts of extra steps when trying to share special memories with distant relatives.
Photomarks was created to make it easy to watermark your photos to give your photos some protection. This is especially useful if you’re a web designer or otherwise just want to put a watermark to prevent your photos from being used on websites and social media without your permission.
Keep in mind: PhotoMarks is only available on devices running iOS 9.0 or later.
Step 1 – Pay and Download
First, pay and install PhotoMarks from the Apple App Store.
Step 2 – Add a stamp
Next, load an image from your phone and tap the Text icon. In addition, you can also take a new photo and tap Text in the preview.
Tapping the Text icon allows you to add the time/date stamp and customize the stamp. You may want to play around with some of the options to see what works best for your photos or share them with others! Customization options can include:
- Font style
- To colour
- Special effects
The DateStamper App for iPhone – Free
If you’d rather try a free app or want to try a few different apps before making your final choice, you might want to check out DateStamper.
Available for iOS 10.0 and above, allows bulk stamping. It also uses non-destructive editing, meaning you can always go back to your original photo.
Step 1 – Install the app on your iPhone
First, go to the App Store and download DateStamper. Install it on your iPhone and give all necessary permissions.
Step 2 – Stamp your photos with dates and times
Now it’s time to stamp your photos with a time and date. Choose a single photo or an entire album to apply the stamp to. You can also use the app plugin, which allows you to apply the stamp directly from your camera app while taking photos.
You can personalize the stamps with color, font, size and position options. In addition, you can also edit time/date stamps already applied to photos.
The timestamp camera for iPhone – Free
If you want to access a wide variety of personalization options, you can get it with the Timestamp app. It’s free to install, but in-app purchases may be required to access some features beyond the standard time/date stamping feature.
If you have iOS 8.0 or later, you might want to give this stylish app a try.
Step 1 – Install the app on your iPhone
First, find and download Timestamp in the App Store. Install the app as instructed and allow this app to access your device.
Step 2 – Personalize and apply stamps
Now that you have the app, it’s time to stamp your photos. You have the option to choose from a wide variety of stamp designs, so take a moment to scroll around and review your options. You may want to personalize your stamps according to the activities shown in the photos, such as eating, exercising, or taking notes.
In addition, this app allows you to manually change the time instead of just reading metadata from the photo. You can also apply the date stamp to multiple photos using this app.
The Auto Stamper app for iPhone and iPad – $4.99
Auto Stamper lets you track all kinds of important life events with an easy-to-use stamping app. This app lets you create all sorts of personalized notes on your photos, but it’s not free. But if you have iOS 8.0 or later and want to give it a try, check out the steps below.
Step 1 – Install the app on your iPhone or iPad
First, go to the App Store and download Auto Stamper. As mentioned earlier, you have to pay a small fee to use this app.
Follow the installation instructions to get started and give the app the necessary permissions to access your iPhone’s files.
Step 2 – Set your stamping parameters
Then set up your photo stamp. It automatically inserts the current date and time shown on your phone, but you can add additional stamps to the same photo. You can add three other types of watermarks: GPS location, signature text, and logo.
In addition, you can also customize your stamp(s) by choosing the position, size, font, color and opacity for each stamp. You can add event stamps in different font styles on one side, while subtly stamping the date on another part of the photo. This app really lets you customize the experience! When you’re done, the Live feature will give you a preview of the photo with your custom stamps.
Timestamp Camera Basic – The “Free and Easy” option.
If you’re looking for a free, simple timestamp option, this is the app for you. You can download it for free from the Apple App Store and get instant timestamps on your photos.
Step 1 – Download from the App Store
Tap Get and follow the prompts for iCloud verification (fingerprint, Face ID, or password), then authorize. This app asks permission to access your photos, cameras and GPS location.
You can deny it the option to track your location, but it won’t work without access to your photos and camera.
Step 2 – Take your photos
All you need to do to get started is take your photos. If you’ve been denied access to your GPS location, you may need to update your time zone, but you only need to do this once. To do this:
- Tap the clock icon in the bottom left corner and scroll to your current time/date preferences.
Step 3 – Access the timestamp photo in your Photos app
The beauty of this app is that it automatically timestamps your images and places them in the Photos apps. You do not have to do anything. The Timestamp Camera Basic app works just like your phone’s built-in camera.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes it is important to add date and time information to photos on your iPhone. If you didn’t learn everything you want above, read on.
How do I find out when a photo was taken on iOS?
If you want to know when you took an existing photo, you can. Here’s what to do:
1. Open the Gallery app and navigate to the photo you want to examine.
2. Open the photo and tap the i icon.
3. The date and time appear.
Can I see the date and time on a photo someone sent me?
Unfortunately not. You can see the date and time someone sent you the photo (in iMessage, email, etc.). But you can’t tell when that person originally took the image unless they tell you.
Downloading a third-party app isn’t always fun, especially for something as simple as a timestamp. Each of the options mentioned in this article is fairly easy to use and works well.