Is there a decent camera app that will easily let me add a bit of text to my photos and store that text in the image file as EXIF/IPTC/XMP metadata? So far I have tried the stock Samsung camera app, Camera Zoom FX, Camera FV-5 and Catch Notes. I have read descriptions on numerous camera apps, but it seems like all they have to offer are various ways to distort - I mean enhance - your photos. While Catch Notes did offer ways to store your photos along with a description, it did not store the info as meta data inside the photo itself, which means it will be a mess if you ever want to transfer the photos to your computer and expect the data to stay intact.

This seems like a no-brainer that you'd expect to be available in almost every camera app. I mean, we've got the camera and the keyboard in the same device - what's the problem? I just want to be able to take a photo, click on an icon and type "This is a Bohemian Waxwing" and have that description stored inside the JPEG file. I'd even be fine with a gallery app that only let's me add information to already existing photos.

  • How about if you just rename the filename? That's what I usually do instead. – geffchang Jan 12 '13 at 20:18
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    It's an alternative indeed, but as an absolute last resort. I'd much rather go for the metadata approach, this is after all what the EXIF information that's already in the JPEG's is for! – Magnus W Jan 12 '13 at 23:58
  • Stock Android photos app provides this feature since at least 7.1.1 – Will Sheppard Apr 14 '17 at 13:15

There are a couple of apps in the Playstore which permit you to view/Edit EXIF data:

There are probably many more, so I just picked two of the more promising examples.

  • I couldn't find any way to edit EXIF information in Photo Image Editor. Exif Editor and Viewer works, although not optimal. For example, it shows up as an alternative in the camera apps' Share menu, but it's clearly not working when using this approach (it doesn't show any of the EXIF information, so it's not possible to edit anything). It does work when starting the app normally, and the information does get stored properly. Until I find a better alternative this is the best option, but far from perfect. – Magnus W Jan 12 '13 at 23:54
  • I didn't test these apps, as I don't use the functionality. I just remembered having seen something alike in the Google Playstore. If you dig a bit deeper there, you might find something more suitable. This Google search might prove helpful ;) – Izzy Jan 13 '13 at 0:12
  • Check again, I updated my answer. – Izzy Jan 13 '13 at 0:34
  • Allright, answer accepted. Photo Editor is probably the best option. It's smooth enough when you use the camera apps' Share function > Photo Editor > Save (top right corner icon) > Modify > (enter text) > OK > Overwrite > Yes. Still, I cannot understand why this is not a standard feature in most camera apps, but I guess it's more fun to add a sepia effect than to write down what the photo actually is before you forget it. – Magnus W Jan 13 '13 at 5:06

There is a paid app, Press IPTC, for photo journalists. If you work with FTP, it's great. You can find out more here. I'm the creator of this app and I'm a photo journalist for a local newspaper in the north of France.

I had the idea for this app because I couldn't find it on the market. I hope it can help you in your workflow.

  • Sounds interesting. My French is a bit rusty, is the app also in English? – Tobias Kienzler Jan 22 '17 at 7:57

Photo Editor should be enough once you has editing the images then top right save you will see a pop up window (EXIF none) touch on it and you will be able to add metadata and caption for photojournalist. copyright, Description, Title and tags, Location and Country almost everything you can done it on lightroom

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    Please also include the link to the Play Store to avoid confusion, since there might be many apps with similar name. – Andrew T. Jan 12 '15 at 1:11

I recommend SwiftTags. It allows you to add EXIF keyword tags quite simply to your images, so later, you can use standard photo organizer software on your desktop to search your photos based on these tags. It focuses on simplicity, so you can assign your tags quickly.


Since this question was posted, Android stock photos app now has a description field (Android 7.1.1). Open an image and click on the (i) icon, you will be able to add a description.

screenshot showing description field


I am a owner of this app and suggest that you can use my app. This app called ExifTool, you can easily to change, add or delete metadata including Exif, XMP, IPTC, QuickTime or MarkerNote.

This app is ported to Android from ExifTool by PhilHarvey.

Download this app (ExifTool), then click to Add Metadata. That all info you needs.

Download from Google Play


Just installed Picscribe. This allows you to add comments to exif data. Can't tell you if its a keeper app, as I have yet to abuse its power...! ;-)

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