Lightroom: How to Import JPEG files and preserve GPS Coordinates

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I have imported photos into Lightroom CC 2015 with GPS coordinates from my iPhone and a Nikon Coolpix that captures GPS data, but the GPS data is not there in Lightroom.  This is a pain because I then want to export my photos to Facebook, and have to manually type in the location for each photograph.  I'm sure I'm not checking a box somewhere, but can't figure it out from Adobe's help screens.  The pictures are in JPEG format.
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To understand your issue better:  Do the GPS coordinates show up in the Library Metadata panel?



If the GPS coordinates aren't showing in the Metadata panel, go to the Import window and verify that in the Apply During Import panel, Metadata is set to None:

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No, I had Metadata showing "Complete Picture Information."  I'll try it with "None," and see what happens.  The GPS coordinates were not showing in the appropriate box.
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If it works with "None", then that means your preset "Complete Picture Information" is configured to clear the GPS field.  To change that, in the Apply During Import > Metadata dropdown, select Edit Presets, and then "Complete Picture Information".   Make sure the checkbox to the right of GPS is unchecked:

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Do you know how to export the GPS coordinates to Facebook?
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Facebook strips nearly all metadata from uploaded photos. I don't think there is anyway to export the GPS coordinates automatically from LR to Facebook.
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my camera has a built in gps and its enabled but don't get the gps coordinates when importing into LR, even when I select none on the metdata box and gps is ticked in the drop down menu. What else could it be the issue? It used to import GPS coordinates last year and I haven't updated it or modified anything in the catalog. Cheers
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What do you mean with “gps is ticked in the drop down menu”?
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If you've verified that Apply During Import > Metadata is indeed set to None (as shown above in the screenshot), then the problem isn't with a preset.  Upload a sample photo from the camera that's never been imported into LR, and we'll take a look to make sure it contains GPS coordinates in a format understood by LR.
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Johan I. meant that it is ticked off in the box of the metadata import menu. I just imported another batch and it's got the GPS coordinates on them so it's all good. Thanks for your help and quick response
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"it is ticked off in the box of the metadata import menu."

To remove any ambiguity, when the GPS checkbox is ticked in a Metadata import preset and you've set Apply During Import to use that preset, the GPS coordinates in the photo will be replaced by what's in the preset's GPS box (or cleared, if the box is blank).