Location data off iphone works, but not once I'm on my desktop

Platform (Android, iOS, Website): iOS 17.4.1; MacOS Sonoma 14.4.1

Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.):

When I upload observations from my phone directly to the iNat app on my phone, the location data populates. However, when I try to drag from my photos app on my desktop Mac to Chrome (iNaturalist.org), the location data doesn’t automatically populate.

I want to be abIe to upload and manage a lot of observations all at once, but losing the precise location data kind of defeats the purpose. Doing 60 observations one by one on my phone is also a pain. Please advise if there’s a better way to get locations data from the Photos app over to iNat. I should say i can see the location when I click “info” on the photo in the Photos app as well - it’s just not being grabbed by iNat when I try to upload in the browser.


In Settings for the Photos app, are you sharing location information?

We just recently had a discussion about this at https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/submitting-observations-from-apple-laptop-is-export-to-a-folder-a-necessary-step/49947/1. To me, the most foolproof way to get from the Apple Photos app on your laptop to iNat upload is to “export” the photos for observations to a file folder (make sure you are sharing location info, as @tiwane says) and then drop them into the iNat page. Dropping them directly from Apple Photos to the upload portal seems to work OK for some browsers but not others.


Instead, export photos from the Photos app. The location will be included with the exported photos.