How to Use, Edit and Share Live Photos on Your iPhone

Live photos are a new feature in the latest version of iOS (9.1) that let you capture a moment in time along with sound and movement. The resulting photo looks like a still image at first glance, but when you 3D Touch on it or press down on your iPhone’s screen, you can bring the photo to life by viewing it as an animated GIF. You can also share live photos with compatible apps like Facebook Messenger and iMessage.

What is a iPhone Live Photo?

A live photo, also called a live video, is taken and shown on screen while being recorded.

With Live Photos, your iPhone takes pictures 1.5 seconds before and after you take them.

Live photos can be used in many ways. They are great for sharing with friends and family and for posting to social networks. You can also share a photo while it is being recorded to a messaging service such as iMessage, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Line, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Kik, and Facebook Messenger.

How to edit, use, and share live photos on your phone

The following steps show how to edit, use, and share live photos on your iPhone:

Take a Live Photo

To take a live photo, open the Camera app and select the type of shot you want — Photo or Square. When you’re ready to capture a moment, press down on the shutter button or tap on the record button at the bottom-right corner of your screen. The camera will then record 1.5 seconds before taking a picture so that it captures movement along with sound for each photo you take.

Edit Your Live Photo

The first thing you’ll want to do is edit your Live Photos. To do this, open up the Photos app and select the photo you want to edit from the Albums tab. Then tap Edit at the top of your screen and select Video > Live Photo > Edit (or simply swipe left on an existing video). You’ll be able to trim up your video or add some extra effects such as Loop or Bounce (which plays back your video multiple times). When finished editing, hit Done in the top right corner of your screen and save changes by tapping Save at the bottom of the menu.

Share Your Live Photo

Once you’re done editing your photo, tap Done at the upper right corner of your screen to save it back into your Camera Roll album (if this is not already selected). Then tap Next at the bottom right corner of your screen and choose where to share it. You can use Live Photos in photos, videos and even messages. Here’s how to use it:

Open the Photos app on your iPhone and tap on the photo you want to share with Live Photo enabled.

Tap on the Share button and select one of the following options:

Message —Send the photo as an animated GIF with sound; this option is only available if your recipient has an iPhone 6s or later or an iPad Pro.

Facebook —Share the photo as a static image; Google+ —Share the photo as a static image; Instagram —Share the photo as a static image; Twitter —Share the photo as a static image; WhatsApp —Share the photo as a static image.


Live photos are a great way to show off your family, friends or even yourself. They are fun to take and share but it’s very important that they are edited correctly so they look their best.

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