Instagram Confirms iOS ‘Photo Map’ Feature is Getting Axed


When Instagram 3.0 for iOS launched in 2012, it debuted a new Photo Map feature, which allowed users to see their images on a map. Fast forward four years later—that feature is set to be removed, Instagram confirmed to Mashable:

“Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities,”

While the Photo Map is set to disappear, geotags for photos will remain. Below is an image of what an Instagram profile will look like without the Photo Maps icon, gone from the second to the right:

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If you like your Instagram Photo Map, take some screenshots to preserve those memories on a map.

Last week, Instagram launched the ability for users to finally zoom in on images and videos.


  • mxmgodin

    Too bad, I thought it was a fun feature, but yeah, not very useful if you didn’t travel around a lot.

    Although, aside from being not widely used, the feature was a big privacy hole. In the last year or so, they had made so that the photo would only be added to your map if you tagged a landmark/location, but before that, it would be added to the map as long as the location was turned on. I’ve seen a couple times, on my friends profiles, I could pinpoint exactly where their houses were on the map because they weren’t turning the location off when Instagramming from home.