How to Time Stamp Photos on iPhone & iPad

iOS doesn’t have a setting to automatically add date & time stamp on photos when they are taken. But you can do it with a free app from the App Store.

In this article, I will show you some of my favorite apps that can add a timestamp to photos and even videos.

They are all lightweight and easy to use. You don’t need a bloated video editing app in this case.

These apps offer different fonts, colors, and sizes, so read on and choose the one you like most.

DateStamper by Jordan Hipwell

DateStamper is my favorite app when it comes to timestamping photos on iPhone.

It’s free and more importantly, it offers beautiful date stamps that can resonate us when we look back at our photos.

With the free version, here are the notable features included:

  • Offer many beautiful fonts for date & time stamp, including: Digital Display TFB (I like this font the most), Futura, Helvetica Neue, San Francisco, Courier,…
  • Customize Date & Time format.
  • You can add a timestamp right in the Photos app using the plugin, or stamp multiple photos at the same time.
  • Use this app to take a new picture with the stamp pre-applied.
  • Photos are edited nondestructive in the Photos app, which means you can revert back to the original photos whenever you want.

Here’s how to use DateStamper to timestamp your photos:

  1. Download Datestamper from the App Store.

    [Download link] The is a free app with in-app purchases.

  2. Allow the app to access your Photos

    When you open the app for the first time, it will prompt you to permit access to your photos in the Photos app. Tap OK.

  3. Customize the timestamp style.

    Select the Styles tab at the bottom
    From here, you can adjust the look of the timestamp to your liking. The preview of the timestamp displays at the bottom of the screen so you can see how it actually looks like.

    Here I suggest changing the Style option to Solid instead of Vibrant.

    Vibrant mode blends the time stamp into the photos and you cannot change the color of it. This sometimes makes it very hard to spot the timestamp in a photo.

    I personally prefer Solid style with Orange text color. Just a suggestion, feel free to play around with the adjustments 😀

  4. Stamp your photos

    There are two ways you can stamp your photos.

    4.1. In the DateStamper app.
    Select the photos tab, then you can select the photos you wish to add timestamps.
    As you select more than one photo, the Stamp button will appear at the top of the srcreen. Click on it to start stamping your selected photos.

    4.2 In the Photos app.
    Simply open the Photos app and find the photos you want to add a timestamp to it.

    Tap the Edit button in the top right corner of the screen. Then tap on the three-dot button. The DateStamper plugin should show up here. If not, tap More and enable it.

    When you select the plugin, the app shows you a preview of editing. Tap Done to stamp it.

  5. Remove or change the timestamp

    Since the editing is completely nondestructive, you can remove or change the timestamp at any time.

    Go to the Photos app and find the stamped photo, tap Edit. Then simply tap Revert to revert to original.

TimeStamp Camera by Artify

The Camera app on the iPhone doesn’t let you add a timestamp to photos automatically, but TimeStamp Camera does.

If DateStamper is designed to be simple and fast for memorable moments, then TimeStamp provides a large variety of stamp designs for taking notes, pictures of food or workout,…

The app is also free with in-app purchases.

Additionally, TimeStamp Camera also lets you change the date & time that appears on photos manually. So if the metadata of a photo is wrong, you’re free to change it to the right time.


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