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Eugene UstinenkovEugene editor-in-chief of the SoftOrbits, Ph.D. in computer science, CTO of the SoftOrbits / 📅 Last updated on:  2023-07-06

How to add a date stamp to a photo already taken? Download Batch Pictrue Protector that can add date and time to your photos using EXIF data.

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If you are a photographer or like printing and making albums, date, and time stamps can be very useful. Stamp refers to the small text put over a photo to indicate information about the photo.
Most smartphones and digital cameras store the date and time of the photo in the EXIF data, which can be seen under Details or Properties. Some programs can detect this data and put it on the image like a watermark.
Using Batch Watermark Picture from SoftOrbits, you add a date stamp to a photo that was already taken – or even a logo image – on your own. It gives you options to change the font, position, transparency, rotation, and more!

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Why should you add a date stamp to a photo already taken?

When done properly, adding time stamps and dates for photos that were already taken is very useful. It helps organize your photos, especially if you are an event or wedding photographer with hundreds of similar-looking photos. You can sort your photos as per the time!
Further, if you like printing your images, having a date stamp is a great way of keeping track of the time of printing. You can even create a photo diary by adding date stamps to your vacation photos!

Apart from helping you organize your images, adding a logo or a watermark with your website’s name will protect your ownership. It helps identify the owner and prevents anyone from using your work.
As a bonus, a date stamp adds a vintage look to your photos, like those from old film cameras and retro negatives!

How to use Batch Picture Protector to add a date stamp to the photo already taken?

SoftOrbits Batch Picture Protector is a user-friendly option to add date stamps, logos, and watermarks to photos you have already taken. It allows you to add text, use an image, and place them anywhere you want so that no one can steal your work!

How to Add Timestamp to Photos Already Taken (Step-by-Step):

Add file

After installing the program on your laptop, click on the Add File option to open the image which is to be edited. You can also drag and drop the file into the program’s homepage.

Open Batch Picture Protector..

Add Text Watermark

You will see two options on the right – Text Watermark and Logo Image. The first option is for typing the text you want to put, and the second option is for adding an image or logo, like a copyright symbol.

Click Text Watermark to add a date stamp. A new window will open where you can type the text and adjust its appearance.

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Type the date and adjust the appearance

The new window will contain an empty box to type in your desired date. Apart from a date, you can even type in your name or give the link to your website or type in a birthday wish or a poem!

Below that box, you will see an option for Font. You can choose different font styles and sizes by clicking on this. There are also buttons to adjust transparency, add the background color of the watermark, and add a shadow or glow effect.

You can customize the watermark as you wish!

Set the position of your date stamp..

Select the position of the text

You will see a grid titled Position in the new window. The 3 x 3 grid represents where you can place your date stamp – top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right, or in the middle.

Click on the required block, and your text will be placed there.

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Use the Tile effect for maximum protection

The tile effect will add your text to the whole image, covering all the positions together. This is the most effective way of protecting the photo and showing your name or the copyright symbol.

Save the photo

Once all your adjustments are made, and the watermark is in the right place, click on Ok and save it!

Save the result..

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How to add timestamp to photos already taken on Windows 11, 10?

Batch Picture Protector allows you to simultaneously add date stamps and watermarks to multiple photos!
You can save a lot of time with Batch Mode, especially when you have to share many photos with clients and cannot waste time editing each separately.
All you have to do is add and select the images you want to edit and type in the date text. Batch Picture Protector will add the date at the correct position and change its size automatically, depending on the size and orientation of the photo. Follow these simple steps for adding time stamps in Batch Mode:

How to add a date stamp to a photo already taken in Batch Mode?

Step 1: Add files

Click on Add File to upload the required photos or drag and drop them into the program.

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Step 2: Add the text

Click on Text Watermark to add whatever text you want, as explained above. You can also adjust the font style, size, transparency, and background color and add effects like shadows and glow.

Step 3: Use preset macros if needed

Instead of typing the date manually, you can use the preset macros provided by Batch Picture Protector.

You will see a drop-down list just above the box given for typing. This list has presets for the file name, date, time, number, etc. These macros will extract the text from the image's EXIF data and add it to the watermark text.

Use the %date% and %time% options to add the date and time information to the photo!

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Step 4: Click on Batch Watermark

Once you have added the text and the date stamp is ready, click Ok. The date stamp will be added to all the photos you selected earlier.

Click on Batch Watermark option, which is a yellow-colored button right below the Text Watermark and Logo Image option. Now, click Browse and select the folder to save these files.

Step 5: Click Start

Now that your date stamp is ready and the destination folder is selected click Start. Batch Picture Protector will add the watermark at the correct position with the right size on its own!

What alternate ways to add a date stamp to photos already taken?

Apart from programs like Batch Picture Protector, you can try other methods to add date and time stamps.

Add date and time stamps through camera settings

If you open the settings for the camera app on your smartphone, you should see an option for adding a time stamp to the photos. In Samsung cameras, there is an option for both Location Tag and Date and Time, which can be enabled.
For Canon DSLR cameras, you can enable date stamps by clicking on the Menu button and going to the camera setup options. Under that list, you will see an option for Date Stamp.
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Nikon cameras also have a setting for date stamps under the camera setup menu. Click on Menu and click the wrench icon to turn on the date and time stamps.

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Add date and time stamps while printing

Windows lets you add the date and time when printing documents by clicking Print Settings and inserting an AutoText box in the header or footer. You can add date or time stamps for photos if you are connected to a special image printer or have downloaded some software.
For example, Olympus cameras can connect to your printer using the PictBridge app, or you can download Olympus Master 2 program, which has a print dialog box that lets you add date stamps.

Add date to photos using Instagram

You can use Instagram to add the date stamp to any image. Open the app and click the ‘+’ icon to add a story.
Next, click a photo or choose an existing image from your gallery, and click on the sticker icon – a smiling, square emoji. One of the options will be the date sticker!
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Using smartphone apps

Since most of the photos we take are on our phones, keeping an app ready for adding date stamps and signatures is useful. You can add your Insta handle or website name before you share the photos!

Auto Stamper: Add Text and Time Stamp

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Android users can try Auto Stamper’s Add Text and Time Stamp app. The app offers four types of stamps that can be added – date and time, signature, GPS location, and logo.
You can choose which one you want to enable and customize the appearance as you wish!
One great advantage of this app is that you can select multiple photos simultaneously, and the stamps you choose will be applied to all in batch mode.
All the options are highly customizable, and the app can add the original date and time of the photo using the EXIF data. So you don’t have to type it in manually!



DateStamper is a free app designed for iPad and iPhones. Like Auto Stamper, it lets you add a date and time, GPS location, and a customized caption, so you can type whatever text you need. Unfortunately, there is no option to add an image as a logo.
Using DateStamper, you can add a custom date, the current date, or the original date on which the photo was taken. Although you may have to pay for a few premium font styles, many basic ones are already included in the app. You can even edit up to 10 photos in a batch!

How to Add Timestamp to Photos Already Taken on MAC

MAC has an in-built image viewer called Preview. Although it does not contain extensive editing options, you can use it to create date stamps. Here are the steps you can follow:

How to add a date stamp to a photo already taken on Mac (step by step):

Open the image using Preview.
From the menu bar on top, click on Show Markup tool. This contains the option to add text to the image.

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Click on the text option, which is displayed as an icon with the letter T.

How to Add date stamp on MAC..

Type the date or watermark you want manually. You can adjust the font style and size by clicking on the A icon. Once the text is ready, drag and drop the text box into any position you want.
Go to File > Save. Your photo with the added text is ready!

How to add a date stamp to a photo already taken? Download Batch Pictrue Protector that can add date and time to your photos using EXIF data.
 Download for Free
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🙋Frequently Asked Questions

You can use SoftOrbit’s Photo Stamp Remover program to remove date from photos. You can delete watermarks and date stamps without disturbing the background by only highlighting the watermark with a brush.

Just search for date stamp apps on Google Playstore. There are apps like Auto Stamper’s Add Text and Watermark for adding a customized date or extracting details from EXIF properties.

Check out Video Watermark Maker by SoftOrbits to add date and time stamps in videos.

Download the DateStamper app from the Apple Store. It allows you to add dates, time stamps, GPS locations, customized text, and even change their appearance.

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