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Twitter precise location tagging being dropped, though there’s a workaround

Twitter precise location tagging is being dropped from the iOS and Android apps, so you’ll no longer have the option of letting people know exactly where you were when you tweeted …

Twitter Support said in a tweet that very few people ever used the feature, and removing it simplifies the user interface.

Most people don’t tag their precise location in Tweets, so we’re removing this ability to simplify your Tweeting experience.

It’s likely that the real reason has more to do with growing focus on privacy, Twitter wanting to ensure that it doesn’t fall victim to a PR nightmare down the road.

For those that do still want to do it, there is a workaround: use the camera feature to tweet a photo, when Twitter precise location tagging is still an option if desired.

You’ll still be able to tag your precise location in Tweets through our updated camera. It’s helpful when sharing on-the-ground moments.

One Twitter user also queried the need to tag tweets with the device used to post them.

Removing that would, however, rob us of occasional fun at the expense of both brands and individuals, which would be a shame. Even Apple has fallen victim to that one!

As Gizmodo notes, you can ensure you’re not inadvertently sharing your more general location by checking your settings in the iOS or Android app. You can find instructions below.

Tweeting with your location is disabled by default for everyone.

To add a location to your Tweets:

  1. In the Tweet compose box on, click the location button
  2. If you haven’t previously attached a location to your Tweets, you may see a prompt asking you to Tweet with a location. Click Turn on.
  3. Your current location will be displayed.
  4. Click the location button again to see a dropdown menu with other options. You can choose any location listed, and your selected location will show up with a checkmark.
  5. You can also search for a location by using the search field at the top of the location menu.
  6. When you enable adding a location to your Tweets, the next time you compose a Tweet on in that browser, your location information will automatically appear and be associated with your Tweet.

To stop including your location in your Tweets:

  1. In the Tweet compose box on, click the location button
  2. Select Remove location from the dropdown menu to remove your location information from the Tweet. Your location information will not appear in future Tweets that you compose in that browser until you later choose to add location to a Tweet in that browser.

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