How To Add Date/Time Stamps to Photos on the iPhone
While may of us might like to think we have iron-clad memories, sometimes we have absolutely no internal timeline. Looking at the photos stored in our iPhone album, we can tell that we took that picture of a tree AFTER Joe’s daughter’s birthday part, but was it one day, or one week later? Wouldn’t it be nice if the photos were time and date stamped, so you could easily tell the last time you visited certain people and went to certain places? Maybe you just need to know where you were on the evening of April fourteenth! Whether you need to establish an alibi or jog your memory, it would be convenient to see data stamped directly on the photo, but the iPhone doesn’t have these capabilities on their native app.
That’s not the end of the story, though. There are a few apps available that can help you out with the process. Take a look at these options, and cruise over to the App Store, and get started!
Date/Time Stamp Apps
If you prefer to see your information stamped directly on your photos, here are a few apps you can try. Each one is going to be a little different, but the overall goal of time and date stamping your photos will be achieved. We’ve provided some of the walk-through steps, so consider which option would be easiest for you to operate quickly and efficiently.
Although this app is not free, it is very highly rated on the App Store, mainly for being SUPER user-friendly. This app will let you stamp your photos will all sorts of notes. In addition, this app also allows you to post directly to your favorite social network platforms, taking out all sorts of extra steps when you’re trying to share special memories with distant family. Bear in mind: PhotoMarks is only available on devices that have iOS 9.0 or later.
Step 1 – Pay and Download
First, pay and download PhotoMarks from the App Store.
Step 2 – Add a Stamp
Next, load an image from your phone and tap on the Text icon. Additionally, you can also take a new photo and tap on Text from the preview.
Tapping on the Text icon allows you to add the time/date stamp, as well as customize the stamp. You might want to play around with some of the options to see what works best for your photos, or for sharing them with others! Customization options may include:
- Special Effects
If you prefer to try a free app, or feel like trying a few different apps before you make your final selection, you may want to check out DateStamper. Available for iOS 10.0 and later, it allows stamping in bulk. It also uses non-destructive editing, which means you can always get back to your original photo.
Step 1 – Download App
First, go to the App Store and download DateStamper. Install it on your iPhone and give all the necessary permissions.
Step 2 – Stamp Photos
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 may also want to use the app plug-in which allows you to apply the stamp directly from your camera app, as you’re taking pictures.
You can personalize the stamps with color, font, size, and position options. Furthermore, you can also edit time/date stamps that were already applied to photos.
If you would like access to a wide array of personalization options, you can get it with the Timestamp app. It’s free to download but may require in-app purchases to access some features beyond the basic time/date stamping. If you have iOS 8.0 or later, you may want to give this stylish app a try.
Step 1 – Download App
First, search and download Timestamp from the App Store. Install the app as directed and allow permissions for 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’ll have the option to choose from a large variety of stamp designs, so take a moment to scroll around and check out your options. You may want to personalize your stamps in accordance with the activities shown in the photos like food, working out, or taking notes.
Additionally, this app allows you to modify the time manually instead of simply reading metadata from the photo. You can also apply the date stamp to multiple photos using this app.
4. Auto Stamper
Auto Stamper allows you to track all sorts of significant life events with an easy-to use stamp app. This app lets you make all sorts of personalized notes on your photos, but it’s not free. Still, if you have iOS 8.0 or later and want to give it a try, check out the steps below.
Step 1 – Download App
First, head to the App Store and download Auto Stamper. As mentioned before, you will have to pay a small fee to use this app.
Follow the installation instructions to get started and give the necessary permissions for the app to access your iPhone’s files.
Step 2 – Set Your Stamp Parameters
Next, set up your photo stamp. It automatically inserts the current date and time as reflected on your phone, but you can also add additional stamps into the same photo. You can add three other watermark types: GPS location, signature text, and logo.
Furthermore, 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 a variety of font styles on one side, while subtly stamping the date on another portion of the photo– this app truly lets you customize the experience! When you’re done, the Live feature will give you a preview of the photo with your customized stamps.
While there are plenty of time and date stamp apps available for the iPhone, the capabilities of each vary somewhat. You might want to try your hand with a few free versions to get the feel of the process before purchasing one of the expansive, more customized versions that aren’t free. Whichever option you choose, feel free to explore- there are plenty of fun ways you can cherish your photo memories forever!