Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
July 4, 2022
12 minutes to read

This article explains all about live photos on iPhone. You will learn how to take live photos, edit them, and make a live photo into a video without additional third-party applications.

Live photos on iPhone

Contents:

  1. What is a live photo?
  2. How to turn on live photos on iPhone
  3. How to turn a live photo into a video on iPhone
  4. How to edit live photos
  5. FAQs
Before we start
Live photos take up more space on your iPhone than regular photos. Also, if you regularly take many pictures on your device, no matter which type, sooner or later your storage will become full. As a result, your device might start working slowly. To prevent this and free up storage on your iPhone, use a free application Phone Cleaner for Media Files.

Phone Cleaner helps you quickly find and remove useless duplicate and similar-looking photos and the bulkiest media files.

What is a live photo?

Live Photo is a type of photo that consists of a low frame rate of 15 frames per second. Thanks to this technology, it seems that the items in the photographs are animated, and they are moving and changing, like items in videos. You can take live photos with both the front and rear cameras on your iPhone.

The live photo option first appeared in iPhone 6 and in iOS version 9. Live photos are supported on devices with 3D Touch technology introduced by Apple. This technology allows determining with what force a smartphone’s display is pressed. Here is how it works:

  1. After pressing the photo button on your device, the camera records 1.5 seconds.
  2. Then the camera takes a photo.
  3. Then it records another 1.5 seconds.
  4. As a result, you get an animated picture lasting 3 seconds. In general, an image contains 45 frames.

A live photo is a great option, especially for photography lovers. However, note that live photos take more space in your storage than regular photos. Even if you change a live photo to a still photo on your iPhone, it will not change its size and continue taking up valuable space in your storage. That’s why if you have a lack of free space on your iPhone or iPad, we recommend that you think before you turn on this option.

Also note that you can free up storage in your iPhone with a free application Phone Cleaner for Media Files, which helps you quickly clear all unneeded duplicate photos and the largest media files.


How to turn on live photos on iPhone

You can manually enable the live photo option on your iPhone each time you want to take an animated photo. You can also use iPhone Settings to configure live photos to turn on automatically when you open your camera.

How to take live photos on iPhone:

  1. Open the camera on your iPhone.
  2. In the top menu, tap the live photo icon.
  3. Once you see Live ON on your screen, you can take a photo.
iPhone camera with the Live photos icon highlighted

You can also turn live photos on or off in this way:

  1. Open the camera on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the arrow icon on the top middle of your screen.
  3. Tap the Live Photo icon.
  4. Now you can select Live On, Live Off, or Live Auto.
iPhone camera showing how to turn on live photos

How to turn a live photo into a video on iPhone

Not all devices, operating systems, and services support live photos. That’s why when you want to send live photos to someone, you might need first to convert a live photo to a video. On iPhone and iPad, you can do this without additional third-party applications. Apple provides an option to quickly save a live photo as a video in iOS and iPadOS.

How to make a live photo into a video:

  1. Open the Photos app → Albums.
  2. Scroll down; find and tap Live Photos.
  3. Open the live photo you want to convert into a video.
  4. Tap the Share icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  5. Select Save as Video.

Once you’ve done this, the video from this live photo will appear in your Recents album.

iPhone screens showing how to make a live photo into a video

How to edit live photos on iPhone

  1. Open a live photo.
  2. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of your iPhone’s screen.
  3. You will see all photo editing tools like for a regular photo.
  4. You can add filters; crop the photo; or edit exposure, brilliance, contrast, and other color parameters for your photo.
iphone screens showing how to edit live photos

How to loop a live photo on iPhone

The Loop effect makes your live photo replay again and again. You can configure your live photos to show with the Loop effect. Here is how:

  1. Open a live photo.
  2. Tap Live in the top-left corner of your iPhone’s screen.
  3. Select Loop.
iPhone screens showing how to enable Loop for live photos

In addition to the loop effect, there’s also Bounce and Long Exposure for live photos. The Bounce effect is like a boomerang; the animation plays forward and in reverse. Long Exposure adds a moving effect to a photo.

How to change a live photo to still

If you want to stop seeing animated photos when viewing photos on your iPhone, you can turn off this option and change a live photo to still. Here is how.

  1. Open a live photo on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Edit in the top right of your screen.
  3. Tap the Live icon in the bottom menu.
  4. Tap Live on the top. The icon will be changed to grey color with a strike-through.
  5. Tap Done.

Your live photo is now still. It will not be animated when you view it in your Library. If you want to make your photo animated again later, you can quickly revert changes by following the same steps and tapping the Live icon.

changing live photo to still on iPhone

Conclusion

We shared the guide on how to make a live photo into a video on your iPhone. As you can see, you don’t need any third-party applications for this. You can turn a live photo into a video right in the Photos app.

Also, we want to remind you that if you have tons of pictures on your iPhone, you can scan your library and clear all unneeded duplicate and similar photos with a free application called Phone Cleaner for Media Files.



FAQs

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