Ability to change date of pictures
I uploaded tons of old pictures to OneDrive, and all of them were uploaded with the wrong dates, messing up my "All Photos" view.
Please, add the ability for me to change the date of those pictures, with the option to change all pictures inside an album.
Wanted to provide an update here.
First of all, if you are running into bugs (like all your photos have the same date) please reach out to support. If you’re on mobile, you can shake your device, if you’re on the web, you can use the settings cog.
As for the ability to change metadata on photos, that’s not something we currently have on the immediate roadmap.
Jodi White commented
So upset...I uploaded a ton pf photos to One Drive, paid an extra monthly fee so I could have them safely all in one place and when I uploaded it re-arranged all the dates. Everything is out of order and now trying to go back and figure out how to re-date them I find I cant even do that. If I right click and hit change the date and physically change it nothing happens the photos do not move to appropriate date placement. Such a huge waste of my time. So I am going to cancel my monthly fee and then find a new avenue. Every time I look this up it sounds like lots of people have this issue and you are doing nothing to help.
I found that changing the "Date Taken" attribute when the picture is already syncronized on OneDrive, even forcing synchronization, is not changing the attribute on OneDrive. Though, changing it *before* sending it to OneDrive works. Thus, I managed to force OneDrive to take into account the "Date Taken" attribute by moving the picture to a not synchronized folder then moving it again the synchronized Picture folder. My picture is then in the right position in the flow.
Bastien Vandamme commented
I think you must really consider this because you automatically sort and group albums by year. Some of my albums are collection of picture taken on several years, some are just not at the correct year because of a wrong date because I edited and recreated the files later.
If metadata is not in you plans you should consider editing the album metadata and probably create more properties for albums classification. Year, subject, Location, ...
Mario Dabelić commented
I just uploaded a few hundred files - MP4s and JPGs and not happy with result.
Below are source files, their information, and the corresponding OneDrive information after I uploaded them.
hey 2 years?
All of mine are the same after I switched to the se iPhone on my metro account
Mine is the same all of them
I have the same problem. There must be an option to change the date of a file.
Still not happening …?! You can change the date taken property in Windows 10 Photos for individual photos so why not in OneDrive? It would save me going back to Photos, changing the date there and then syncing. Oh, and by the way, it would be very useful to have a batch replace/ignore. At present I have to chose individually before syncing or uploading will continue.
Cheers in anticipation, Tony
Come on Microsoft - this is seriously annoying.
This idea is essentially calling out a fault in the upload feature and you're still doing noting???
Rosa Hayes commented
Travis Fawcett commented
As a genuine question, why is this not native in File Explorer let alone Windows Photos? It's likely me? If my camera's time is 1hr out from travelling and I upload the pictures taken, THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY TO NATIVELY ADJUST THE TIME TAKEN ON WINDOWS? I'm honestly clueless on what the purpose of allowing users to edit SOME File Properties. Yet, specifically with pictures, you cannot edit the time taken (Or it isn't clear). But somehow users can edit Date Created.
Dan Davies commented
Being able to modify the date take is pretty essential. I have recently digitized lots of old photo's using my smartphone - obviously OneDrive see's the date as the date I took the digital photo of the original photo. The original photos all have the date on the back so it would be great if I could correct this to have the timelines work. Google Photo's allows this (but doesn't allow tagging, and reduces quality) if OneDrive supported editing the Metadata it would easily win any comparison between the two offerings.
Rony F commented
I agree with the author of the Idea, actually that makes OneDrive impractical to be my "go to" option for searching my photos when I need them later. This problem mess up our photos timeline big time....
Microsoft, as **** as ever
Lori Bierman commented
This problem is incredibly frustrating. Every year I make a calendar for my significant other with photos of us and things we did in that month. Not being able to trust the dates in OneDrive makes this task needlessly complicated.
PLEASE FIX THIS CHANGE DATE PROBLEM. AS YEARS GO BY WE FORGET DATE TAKEN . SEVERAL OF MY PHOTOS HAVE THE WRONG DATE ON THEM. HOW DO WE CHANGE THIS BEFORE WE ALSO FORGET THE DATE /YEAR IT WAS TAKEN. THIS PROBLEM HAS GONE ON WAY TO LONG . window 10 photo. THANK YOU SENIOR
Sandra Curry commented
Windows 10 - I have downloaded thousands of old photos and redated them. I have used by Picasa and Properties. either way at some point the dates change - all by themselves to dates that match nothing! It may redate the photo 2-1/2 years later ie. our wedding was redated from 5/2/1986 to 10/6/1988?? This isnt even the date they were downloaded. And batches of photos will not all change to the same date. This brings me to tears! Why is this happening???
Some of my pictures in photo gallery have come out dated 2025 !! Why, I certainly didn't date them as such, I see some other people are having this same problem, would appreciate any help to rectify this.