Live Photos: How To Use This Exciting iPhone Camera Feature

Live Photos is an exciting iPhone camera setting that brings your photos to life by creating a moving image. Rather than freezing a moment in time with a still photo, you can now capture the moments just before and after you take the picture, complete with movement and sound. Live Photos also lets you apply loop or bounce video effects, and convert your Live Photos into stunning long exposure images. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use the Live Photos camera feature to create unforgettable living memories with your iPhone.

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What Is Live Photo?

A Live Photo captures 1.5 seconds of video and audio both before and after you press the shutter button to take a photo. So in addition to a high quality still JPEG image, you also get a 3 second Live Photo.

The Live Photo feature was introduced with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus back in September 2015. It’s also available in the camera app of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and the latest model – the iPhone X.

When you view a Live Photo, you don’t just see the still image that you took when you pressed the shutter button. Instead, you’ll see a 3 second moving image.

This allows you to relive the moments just before and after the photo was taken – complete with movement and sound!

As you can imagine, it’s great for photographing any scene with moving subjects or interesting sounds.

Here’s a 3 second Live Photo taken at the beach that captures the movement of the water and people. Just hit the Play button to view it:

In addition to the Live Photo, the iPhone also captures a still image from the exact moment you pressed the shutter button. Here’s the still photo from the same shot:

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How Do Live Photos Work?

So how does the iPhone know to record video for the 1.5 seconds prior to your still image if you haven’t pressed the shutter button yet?

It’s actually quite simple. With Live Photos enabled, the native camera app will start recording video as soon as you open the app.

That way, when you do press the shutter button, your iPhone has already captured the 1.5 seconds leading up to the button press, and it saves that along with the 1.5 seconds following the image capture.

All other video captured prior to the 1.5 seconds before you press the shutter will be discarded, so there’s no need to worry that the constant video recording will fill up your iPhone’s storage.

How To Use Live Photo

So how do you actually use the Live Photo feature on your iPhone? Let’s take you through a step-by-step guide to shooting, viewing and sharing your own amazing Live Photos.

1. How To Take A Live Photo

Open the native camera app and make sure the shooting mode is set to Photo (you can’t shoot Live Photos in any of the other shooting modes).

The Live Photos option is the round icon shown on the left of the screenshot below. If the icon is yellow, Live Photos is switched on. If the icon is white, tap it once to turn on the Live Photos feature.

The Live Photos feature is switched on by default, but you can switch it off any time simply by tapping the yellow Live Photos icon.

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When you switch on Live Photos, the word “Live” appears in a yellow box as shown above. This will disappear after a couple of seconds.

Remember that the 1.5 seconds of video starts before you press the shutter button, so make sure you compose your shot and hold it there for a couple of seconds before you press the shutter. If you don’t do this, the first part of your Live Photo will be of you moving the camera to frame the shot.

Likewise, remember that your iPhone will continue recording video for 1.5 seconds after you’ve pressed the shutter, so make sure you keep the phone still for a couple of seconds after taking the shot.

Also, be aware that Live Photos capture audio as well as video, so any sound will be heard in your Live Photo when you play it back.

If you need to tell your subject that you want them to move when you take the photo, make sure you do it at least a couple of seconds before you press the shutter to be sure that you don’t capture your voice in the Live Photo.

When you no longer want to shoot Live Photos, switch off the Live Photos feature so that the icon turns white.

The reason for this is that Live Photos take up a lot of storage space on your iPhone, so if you leave it on for every shot you may find that your phone quickly becomes full.

2. How To Play Live Photos

Once you’ve taken a Live Photo, it will appear in the native Photos app alongside your ordinary still photos. You’ll also be able to find them in a separate album titled “Live Photos.”

Unfortunately, in thumbnail view, there’s no way of knowing just by looking whether an image in your photo library is a Live Photo.

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For example, in the screenshot above, there are several Live Photos amongst these images, but it’s impossible to tell which ones they are when viewing them like this.

So how do you know which of your images are Live Photos? One way is to simply tap the thumbnail once so it opens in full screen. If it’s a Live Photo the “LIVE” icon will be displayed – as shown below.

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A second way is to use the iPhone’s “Peek and Pop” feature which makes use of the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology released with the iPhone 6s and found on all models since.

To “Peek and Pop,” simply tap and press an image thumbnail firmly until you feel a small, short vibration. A large preview of the image you clicked on is displayed. This is the “peek” part. If it’s a Live Photo then it’ll play a short clip, confirming it’s a Live Photo.

Next, without releasing pressure, you can continue pressing down even more firmly on the screen and you’ll enter full-screen mode – as pictured above. This is the “pop” part. Keep pressing to watch the entire 3 second video clip.

When viewing a Live Photo, you’ll need to keep your finger pressed down on the screen. As soon as you remove it, the video will stop playing.

If you’re swiping across the screen to view the different images in your photo library, you’ll notice that any Live Photos will show a short burst of the recorded video. This is the only way to tell whether it’s a Live Photo without pressing down on the image.

You can only shoot a Live Photo with iPhones from the iPhone 6s/6s Plus onwards. But you can share them to other Apple devices such as an iPad or an older iPhone, as long that device is running iOS 9 or later.

The only difference when viewing a Live Photo on older iPhones and iPads is that they don’t have the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen, so you have to keep your finger on the Play button to view the Live Photo. Unfortunately this is in the middle of the screen, so your finger will obscure part of the photo.

If you have a Mac computer running OS X El Capitan or newer, you’ll also be able to view your Live Photos via the Photos app on your Mac. Just click on the Live button at the bottom left of the image (shown below) to play the Live Photo.

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3. How To Edit A Live Photo

You can edit Live Photos in the Photos app – just like you can with ordinary still images – but with some extra tools just for Live Photos.

When you open a Live Photo, tap Edit at the top right of the screen. The editing tools will appear as shown in the screenshot below.

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These tools allow you to crop and rotate, apply a filter, or make lighting and color adjustments. The wand icon is an autocorrect option for quickly enhancing the exposure and color with a single tap.

To crop or rotate your Live Photo, tap the crop icon (square with arrows) to access the following screen.

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To rotate the photo by 90 degrees, tap the Rotate icon. To free-rotate the image, move the large numbered dial clockwise or anticlockwise.

To select an aspect ratio for cropping, tap the rectangular Aspect Ratio icon and select the ratio you want to use, e.g. Square, 3:2, etc.

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Drag the corner handles to crop the photo, and drag the image to reposition the crop if necessary.

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To apply a colored or black and white filter to your Live Photo, tap the Filters icon (three overlapping circles) as shown on the right of the screenshot below.

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Swipe through the list of filters, then simply tap a filter to apply it to your image.

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For more control over exposure and color, tap the Adjustments button (dial icon) as shown on the right below. This gives you access to three different editing categories: Light, Color and B&W.

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Tap on one of these three options to access a range of settings that you can adjust manually.

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When you tap a setting, use the slider to make the adjustment, then tap the menu icon (three lines and dots) to return to the list of adjustments.

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If the sound that was recorded with the Live Photo is distracting or you’d just prefer silence, tap the yellow speaker icon. A line will be struck through the speaker icon and sound won’t be played.

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If you want to use a different key photo rather than the one you see in your photo library, simply move the slider at the bottom of the screen until the photo you want is displayed. Then tap Make Key Photo to confirm your choice. A white dot will appear over your chosen photo. A grey dot appears over the original key photo in case you ever wanted to go back to it.

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When you’ve finished editing your Live Photo, tap Done at the top of the screen to save the changes.

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If you decide later that you want to remove the editing you applied, you can easily revert back to the original Live Photo at any time. In the Photos app, find the Live Photo you want to revert, tap the Edit icon, then tap Revert.

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On the message that appears, tap Revert to Original.

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Another option you have under the Edit facility is to simply switch from a Live Photo to a still image (without making any edits). So when you’re viewing a Live Photo, tap the Edit icon, then tap the yellow Live Photos icon to convert it to a still image.

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The icon will turn white to indicate that it’s no longer a Live Photo. Tap Done to confirm.

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In the screenshot above you can see that the Live Photos icon is white. This means that it’s now a still image with no Live Photo video or sound. You can revert back to the original Live Photo at any time by tapping Edit, then tapping the Live Photos icon so that it turns yellow. Tap Done to confirm.

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4. Add Live Photo Effects

Since iOS 11 your Live Photos can take on a whole new dimension with three amazing, fun effects – Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure.

To choose and apply a Live Photo effect, go to the Photos app and open the Live Photo you want to work with. Next, swipe up until you see Effects – as shown below.

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By default, the Live option is selected. This is the normal Live Photo video without an effect being applied. Next to this, you’ll see thumbnail previews of the three effects – Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure. Tap on the one you want to use and the effect is applied straight away.

You can change your mind at any time by tapping on any of the other effects, or go back to the original Live version with no effect applied.

Let’s see what the three effects look like. But first, here’s our starting point – a basic Live Photo video with no effect applied.


You can turn any of your Live Photos into a video loop. Once the video ends it starts back at the beginning again, until you stop it. This works best for situations where the Live Photo captured the subject doing something in roughly the same area of the scene – e.g. someone skipping, juggling or dancing.

It can also work well where your subject enters and exits the scene during the original 3 second Live Photo – e.g. someone getting out of a vehicle and leaving the scene. The end result could look like hundreds of people leaving the vehicle!

Below we’ve turned the waterfall Live Photo into a loop.


When you apply the Bounce effect your Live Photo video will play as normal, but once it ends it will play in reverse straight away and repeat indefinitely.

With the Bounce effect applied, the waterfall example below looks rather unnatural now, but it’s certainly interesting!

Long Exposure

The Long Exposure effect creates a single image by overlaying all the video frames from your Live Photo. This is most suitable for scenes which include moving water, fireworks, a moving car’s headlights or taillights, and scenes containing both stationary and moving elements. Regardless of the subject, it’s best to mount your iPhone on a tripod to ensure the stationary parts of the scene remain sharp.

With the Long Exposure effect applied, the waterfall Live Photo now looks really great.

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Here’s another nice Long Exposure example where the water was circling around, rather than moving across the scene.

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Whatever effects you try, be sure to experiment, use a tripod where possible and, most importantly, have fun!

5. How To Share Live Photos

Once you’ve shot some great Live Photos, you’ll probably want to share these moments with family and friends.

You can easily share Live Photos to other iOS 9 devices such as an iPhone or iPad using iMessage, AirDrop or iCloud Photo Sharing.

Simply open your Live Photo in the Photos app, then tap the Share icon (square with up-arrow) at the bottom left of the screen (as shown in the left-hand screenshot below).

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You can choose whether you want to send it as a Live Photo or a still image by tapping the Live icon at the top left of the selected image. In the right-hand screenshot above, you can see that the Live feature has been switched off.

You can now select the sharing option that you want to use, e.g. iMessage, Airdrop, etc. Note that you can’t email a Live Photo – if you email it, the attachment will just be the still JPEG image.

If you send a Live Photo to someone with an iPhone 6s or newer, they’ll be able to use 3D Touch to play the Live Photo by pressing down firmly on the screen.

6. How To Upload Live Photos To Facebook & Instagram

As well as sharing your Live Photos to other iPhones and iPads, you might also want to share them on social media.

Facebook and Tumblr already allow you to share Live Photos, and eventually more social media platforms are likely to support Live Photos too.

Note that if you want to share a Live Photo on Facebook, you can’t use the Facebook sharing option directly from the Photos app.

Instead, you need to upload the photo from within your Facebook app. From there, you can choose whether you want to share it as a Live Photo or a still image by tapping the Live icon at the bottom right of the photo as shown below.

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When sharing Live Photos on Facebook, they’ll play when viewed on an iOS device, but they only seem to appear as a still image when using Facebook on a computer.

Instagram doesn’t yet support the use of Live Photos, however, there is a workaround that you can use which involves using a third-party app such as Lively (free to download from App Store) to convert the Live Photo to a movie. You can then upload the video to Instagram.

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Simply open the Live Photo in the Lively app, then select Movie at the top of the screen. Tap Export Movie, then tap the Save icon. This saves the Live Photo as an ordinary video file in your photo library.

You can then open your Instagram app and upload the video from your library.

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Before posting the video to your Instagram feed, you can use the filters and video editing tools to enhance your Live Photo before posting. In the screenshot above you can see that a black and white filter has been applied.

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Live Photos: Conclusion

Live Photos introduces a whole new dimension to digital photography. Now you can capture more than just a still photo whenever you press the camera’s shutter button. And the Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects take Live Photos to a whole new level of creativity.

While you probably won’t use the Live Photos feature for all of your shots, it’s perfect for capturing any scene with movement, such as waves crashing onto the shore, a river or waterfall, trees swaying in the wind, or a busy street scene.

It’s also great for scenes where the sound would add an extra sensory element to the image, such as birdsong or the sound of water when you’re shooting out in nature.

Live Photos works really well when photographing people – especially children – as it allows you to capture those fun little “out-take” moments from just before and after the photo is taken. Without Live Photos, you wouldn’t be able to preserve these special little moments.

Remember that for a perfect Live Photo, you need to keep your iPhone held in position for a couple of seconds before and after pressing the shutter. If you keep in mind that you’re shooting a video, this will soon become second-nature.

It’s worth repeating this important advice: For long exposures, you should always use a tripod. It really is one of the 6 essential iPhone photography accessories.

Once you’ve taken some great Live Photos, make the most of these captured memories by sharing them with family and friends.

You can easily share to other iOS 9 devices, including older iPhones and iPads. And with a few simple steps, you can upload your Live Photos to Instagram and Facebook for all to see!

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  • sanjuro

    It would be innovative if Windows Phones did not introduce these kind of Live images technology long time ago on the Lumia Phones, but I appreciate Apple’s decision to put this technology on their smartphones 🙂

    • Jon

      Just edit the live photo on the iPhone and it will tell you that when you do so it will only save he main still image.

  • Carl de Cordova

    just took 30 pictures on new iphone 6s+ at an event and had the live photos feature on. Imported them into Photos app and tried to upload into Google Slides and then instagram. Neither will take .mov files. AND there is no way in Photos to bulk export just the still image. Couldnt find an app that converts .mov to stills. Spent an hour scratching my head. Ended up using iMovie and saving the keyframes one at a time. This is kinda BS and really made me wish I had known about this before I started shooting the pictures. Very frustrating to have to do em one at a time.

    • King
    • arun

      Apple is an arrogant company!

    • Blue Moon

      I use an app called “Lively” (free from the App Store). It allows you to pick a frame and do whatever you want with it as a still.

    • Lorie Gardner ~ The Gardners G

      Thank YOU!!!!
      Great app Easy to get that perfect picture! Those few seconds to scroll through help finding almost everyone in a great smile, eyes open etc than just the one still pic option.
      Thank YOU again for suggesting Lively ❤️

    • Chris Altman

      There are at least 5 apps that allow you to do that for ANY video for any phone.

    • Trythis Last

      Could you name 3?

    • Barbara

      Thank you so much for this tip. Got Lively & it’s great

    • Glad you found this helpful Barbara 🙂

    • Thomas Zegzula

      I literally read this entire article just to get the answer I was looking for from your comment. Thank you so much

  • Colin P. Lentz, DDS

    In the 1.5 seconds of video that it takes before and after the photo. Are you able to extract/use one of the images from the recorded video before or after the still photo?

    I have a picture of my one year-old son being very cute. But the best part of the live photo is in the video at the very end. I would like to be able to save that part of the video and edit it like a picture.

    I can’t even figure out how to slow/pause the video playback in hopes that I might be able to grab a screenshot.

    It’s OK if I can’t do it, I was just thinking that I’m missing something.

    Thank you for your response.

  • Irinel

    Hello, I am new here. I bought an iphone 6s and I’m very enthused of LIVE PHOTOS. But after restoration from my old iphone 6, in camera roll the photos don’t show a short burst of the recorded video, anymore. Just if I do a long press on the image, this will play back few seconds. Can someone please help me with a setting advice?
    Thank you very much.

    • Angie

      I’ve just experienced the same too! All the default factory installed live photos and album have disappeared since restoring from my iPhone 6 backup

    • Irinel

      Ok, thank you. So there is no chance to setting up again this default factory setting, for live photos and album?

    • Angie

      I dont know, i only got the 6s today, your post is exactly what i wanted to ask & I was hoping someone had an answer too

    • Irinel

      🙂 I understand, I’ll continue to search, and if I’ll find something, I’ll let you know. If you will find something first, please tell me.

    • Angie

      from apple: the photos on the phones in the store were simply created so you could see what live photos look like, but you do not get those same live photos on your device. You can create your own and you can create your own Live Photos album too

    • Irinel

      Ok, but how can we create an Live Photos album? I have try to add album and put there some live photos but still not working. It is another way to create it?

    • Scrappy Doo w/ the duece duece

      Just turn it on its a little circle icon at the top, when your in the camera.hope this helps.

    • Christopher Thuraisingham

      I have the exact same problem after I restored my iPhone 6 content to my 6S 🙁

    • Hanson Wong

      do u solve this problem? i’m facing this problem too.

  • Bill Weldon

    Live Photo only takes sense if you can extract full resolution photos from them. You cannot. Therefore a complete waste of space.

  • Angela Baber

    I have a 6 plus and the live button isn’t on my screen when i go to take a photo. Any suggestions? And, yes, my software is all up to date.

    • Ally Proven

      You need a 6s or 6s Plus for this feature.

    • Angela Baber

      Thank you Ally!!

    • Hi Angela. The Live Photos feature is only available on the 6s and 6s Plus models I’m afraid.

    • Angela Baber

      Thanks so much Kate!!

  • Gift

    What if there is no sounds when playing the live photos?

    • some dude

      there isnt… its basically a gif. there is no sound.

    • Live photos do record sound 🙂

    • Azlinda Ali

      Yes, live photos do record sound :). To hear the sound, your ringer should not be on vibrate. Just discovered this today 🙂

    • Yes, that’s definitely correct! 🙂

    • After you’ve taken a live photo, then hold your finger down on the photo and you will hear the sound.

    • Ah yes, thank you Rosa – I should have mentioned that too 🙂

    • Live photos do record sound, so it should be there as long as you have your volume turned up.

    • When you have taken a live photo, to hear the sound you have to press your finger down on the actual live photo then you will hear the sound. It took me a while to figure this out.

  • Ann Wiechmann

    I’m wondering if you can edit the still of the Live Photo in another app like Snapseed, then save a copy. Would you then still have the original Live Photo?

    • Hi Ann. Yes, you’ll still have the original Live Photo if you edit it in Snapseed 🙂

  • Rita Norton

    If I delete the .mov part of the “live photo” does it have any impact on the .jpg of the still photo that I want to keep?

    • Hi Rita. It shouldn’t have any effect as they should be two separate files 🙂

  • Trythis Last

    My iPhone 6s+ does not show the live photo target icon
    How do I find/ activate it?

    • Qb

      mine doesn’t either.

    • Renee

      when you open the camera on you iphone the live photo option is at
      center top of your screen – click the “circles” it will turn live photos on or off.

    • Patti Gardner

      the circle is not there!

    • OG Sharpton

      You sure it is a 6s and not just a 6?

    • frank wall

      When you open the camera you’ll see the camera mode choices at the bottom; photo, square, pano, video, etc. For live photo to work you must be in the photo mode, not square or pano or video or any of the others. You won’t see the Live Photo target icon in any other mode besides photo.

  • Chris Altman

    This is bs..its just like video,just different marketing

  • Trythis Last

    I went to a dinner tonight
    There were 4 iPhone 6s and one 6s+
    Only one had the Live Picture icon and it worked… But it did not seem to be 3 second…. Shorter, like 1 sec

    Does anyone know settings to bring up the icon

    • beefree

      I thought it was only 1 second too, until I realized that’s all you see when you’re swiping thru your photos, but if you hold your finger on it you see the whole 3 seconds. I almost missed out on what I’d taken until I read this article!

  • Melissa Rand

    I have an iPhone 6 Plus and don’t have the option on my camera. What’s wrong? I downloaded the update. Is there a setting in the settings I need to turn on??

    • Hi Melissa. Are you definitely shooting in “Photo” mode, as opposed to Square or one of the other shooting modes? Live Photos is only available in the “Photo” mode.

    • Melissa Rand

      Yes, I’m in regular picture mode.

    • Carrera Porsche

      i have the same problem… trying to find a solution still. also Iphone 6s plus with software version 9.3.2 (up to date)

    • Susie Stockholm

      You need to have the 6S or 6S+ for live photos.

    • beefree

      Or SE

    • Hi Melissa, Susie is right. Sorry, I didn’t notice that you have the 6 Plus and not the 6S Plus. Live photos is only available on the 6S and 6S Plus models.

  • golden cindy

    like SnapChat…

  • Jyothika

    It’s called a video.. :3

  • Serenella Severini

    Can you save one the frames from the 1,5 seconds before the actual pic as a pic itself? Example: if in the actual photo I have my eyes closed but in the frame before I don’t, can I save that as an actual photo?

    • Laine Rudolfa

      Unfortunately, you can’t. The actual shot is taken the moment when you tap the shutter button.

    • Serenella Severini


    • Pamela Taylor Rauch

      What if you paused it and took a picture of your screen?

  • beefree

    Lock the focus in before you start

  • VV

    I saved my live photos to iphoto on my mac, but instead of photos, they are saved as videos, and I’d actually prefer them to be in a photo format (to make photobooks on Shutterfly, etc.). Does anyone know how I can convert the live photos (on my computer) into regular photos? Right now, I cannot upload “videos” into photo-book programs and I need them as photo files. Thanks in advance.

    • Laine Rudolfa

      It seems there’s no decent way how to convert Live photos to Still photos on a computer. However, you can do it directly on your iPhone using the editing feature within Photos app!

  • Sabrina Dossi Mansfield

    Is it possible to somehow download my Live Photos on to my PC as jpg files? (Currently they are downloading as QuickTime movies – but the photobook software that I am using to make a picture album does not accept QuickTime files.)

    • Hi Sabrina. If you open a Live Photo on your phone, then tap Edit at the top right, you can tap the blue circle at the top left to switch of Live Photo for that image, i.e. it converts the Live Photo into a still image. When you transfer the image to your PC it should be transferred as a jpg. You can always convert the image back into a Live Photo on your iPhone by opening the image, tapping Edit, then tapping the circle at the top left. Hope that works! 🙂

  • Thanks for the info Fred – that sounds very useful.

  • Brian Mok

    Is it possible to use the 3D effect pictur as a wallpaper?

    • Yes you can use Live Photos as a wallpaper – but it only seems to play the Live Photo if you set it as the Lock Screen wallpaper (press and hold the screen to play it). If you set it as the wallpaper on the Home Screen, it just seems to appear as a still image. Hope that helps 🙂

  • MovieGeekBlog

    it’s all a bit pointless, it would be great to be able to choose another still frame from the video to be able to produce a new photo from it (something which you can do with the “Lively” app, but not within the iPhone itself.

  • alhakeem2001

    after taking those live photos, I wanted to play them but they didn’t work why is that ? I have iphone 7+ with ios 10.01

  • Jessica

    my iPhone 6s does not show the live photo icon. Is there a setting I am missing?

    • Hi Jessica. Are you definitely shooting in Photo mode (as opposed to Square, Pano, etc.) in the camera app? Live Photos is only available when shooting in Photo mode.

    • Patti Gardner

      I am having the same problem the live icon is missing it was there when I got the 6plus but not now and I am in photo mode

    • Hi Patti. I’m afraid I don’t know why it would disappear – that’s very strange. I would suggest taking your phone to an Apple Store or calling Apple Support. I hope you manage to fix the problem.

  • Renee

    I’ve been searching for a way to capture a frame WITHIN the live photo. Many times the better shot is right after I pressed the button. Is there a way to capture an image from within the 1.5 seconds of video?

  • Katie Field

    Is there away to edit the content of a live photo like you would a video? I have a live photo that has a great image in the middle but the photo stays on an image with my daughter’s eyes closed…

  • Larry3138

    I want to disable the live photo, how do I do that?

    • Just tap the Live Photos icon (circles icon) in the camera app so that it appears white. When the icon is yellow Live Photos is enabled, and when it’s white Live Photos is disabled.

  • really helpful. totally impressed with the detailed tutorial to start using the live photos feature. Retweeted (Y).


    • So glad to hear you found this tutorial helpful 🙂

  • Sage Cook

    Is there a way to save a picture from the live video (like selecting photos from a burst) that isn’t the main still photo? Mine was of my cat and he was still in the live video but then moved for the main still photo…

  • Sage Cook
  • Tom Hedeen

    Can the live photo be saved as a GIF or something like that?

  • Confiture Parnian

    What is the best way to save live photos in Mac? Is there any way to restore photo from Mac i-photo into i-phone (live photo that I already deleted from my i-phone)?

  • Heather Beam

    I would like to know how to create a video (with sound) from a live picture…I have a few live pictures I would like to convert to a videos (like movs) and then try to stitch them together…..Thank you in advance…..

  • Grace Taylor Segal

    What an excellent article! Thank you!

  • LC

    Is it possible to capture a still from a different part of the live photo than the picture I took? It’s there – how can I capture it? The live photo part has a moment that is better than my final picture.

  • Amber Marie Henry

    I just got an iPhone 6s Plus and it doesn’t show the The live photo target icon in the camera and whenever I go to settings it also does it show the 3-D setting

  • Is it possible to edit the beginning of the live photo? I only seem to be able to edit the end!

  • Fernando Yopolo

    What if I want to keep another frame of the LivePhoto other than the one already captured when releasing shutter button?

  • Siggi

    Hey great feature and article.
    But on my “Fotos” App on my Mac the option “enable live photo” does not work. So I loose the live feature when imported….

  • roy roy

    There’s a nice app called “Photonu live dual cam”. It takes live photos with the front camera inset in the back camera so the photo taker is part of the live photo.

  • Danni Schroeder

    Thanks so much for this. I turned off the LIVE feature because it annoyed me that I had these cute little videos but I could only share the last frame. That’s what I thought anyway until I read this article, and I know a lot of other people who have turned it off for similar reasons. I will definitely be sharing this article with everyone I know as the LIVE feature seems like a great tool, you just gotta know how to use it!

    • So glad to hear this tutorial helped you get the most out of Live Photos! 🙂

  • Brad

    this feature sucks if you just want to take a regular still photo. Another apple blunder

    • Hi Brad. If you want to take a regular still photo you simply have to tap the yellow Live Photos icon in the camera app to switch off the Live Photos shooting mode. I always leave Live Photos switched off unless I specifically want to shoot a moving image/Live Photo.

  • alek privvv

    Thank you for this article. I wanted to make a Memories slideshow from both the regular still and the Live photos I have been taking on my iPhone (to have an energetic slideshow partly consisting of these super short videos). However, when I add the Live photos to the Memories albums, quite often (disappointingly) in a slideshow it just creates a still image. Is there a way for the Live photos to remain “live” in a Memories slideshow?

  • alek privvv

    Thank you for this article. I wanted to make a Memories slideshow using both the regular still and the Live photos I have been taking on my iPhone (to have an energetic Memories slideshow partly consisting of these super short videos). However, when I add the Live photos to the Memories albums, quite often (disappointingly) in a slideshow it just creates a still image. Is there a way for the Live photos to remain “live” in a slideshow?

  • Rowan Faludi

    Ok but how do you load the round icon in photo mode on an iPhone 6 Plus. The article assumes that you have already installed it.

  • RoJoyInc

    Seems best idea is for apple to allow us to pic which of the 90 frames we want for the final picture. That way if they blinked during the photo we could select a frame before or after the blink. Can we edit and pic one frame!???? Else just shoot video, live view is worthless.

    • JC

      I would also like to know this.

    • JC

      Ok, just found the answer addressed further down in the comments. Get the free Lively app from the App Store. It allows you to select specific frames to save.

  • Spy

    Another spying tool…”LIVE” is always truned ON so they have time to catch images and sounds around you, wether you take a pic or not… you must turn it OFF each time you turn on the camera APP…SPIES!!!

  • Belle

    Great article!

    Is there a way to create still frames from the video footage in each Live Photo?

  • Denise Ackerly

    I took a handheld live shot of a stream, and move before it finished. I edited the shot, shortening the video to before I moved. But it seems I can’t apply the long exposure effect now. Or can I?