Guide of How to Use Live Photos on iPhone

how-to-use-live-photosWith the release of iPhone 7 and iOS 10, there is the new features in iPhone Photo named Live Photos. These magic photos give you more of a sense of emotional texture of a sense. If you have used it, you can also take a look of the brief instruction of live photos; while if you are not familiar with the new features, we will go over some of the important points below.

What Is a Live Photo?

First, let’s be clear on what a Live Photo actually is. Basically, it’s like a hybrid between a photo and a video. Like a photo, it captures a very short moment of your life visually. Like a video, though, it captures movement and sound. You can think of it as being similar to an animated gif, except that sounds captured by your iPhone’s microphone are included. You can do a few interesting things with Live Photos that you can’t do with videos, such as use them as wallpaper.

What Devices Can Use Live Photos?

Live Photos is specifically a function for Apple products, so only Apple devices can use them. Right now, only the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and later iOS devices can produce Live Photos. However, other iOS devices can receive the Live Photos and play them like videos.

Just as when you take a regular, static photo, open up the Camera app and aim it at your subject.

Look at the part of the interface where you usually find your camera controls. In the middle, next to HDR, you will see an icon that looks like a circle and is yellow in color. Press it and tap to open the shutter like you normally do to take a photo.

The Camera app will then create the Live Photo. You will see a yellow viewfinder appear while this is happening. (It should only take a few seconds.)

How to Edit Live Photos?

You can edit a Live Photo using the same tools that you use to edit any other kind of photo. Just go the Photos app, then Photos, then select the Live Photo that you want to modify. Next, tap on the edit icon to edit the Live Photo.

Note that if you use any tools or apps that are not from Apple (for example, third-party ones from the App Store), then your Live Photos may lose their “live” effect. To make sure that you keep the dynamic effect, only use the official photo editing function.

How to Play Your Live Photos?

To play your live photos, just go to Photos as you normally would to view your pictures. Tap on the Photos tab to view your images. Pick the Live Photo that you want to view and long-press it. It should play while you are pressing it. In addition, you can set your Live Photos as wallpaper.

How to Set Up Live Photos as Wallpaper or Lock Screen?

Changing your lock screen wallpaper to a Live Photo is similar to changing your wallpaper to any other kind of photo:

Go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper.

You will see a list of default wallpapers, both still, dynamic, and live. Underneath you will see photos from your gallery. Tap the folder you want, then look through your photos.

Tap the photo you want, then tap Set.

Tap Set Lock Screen to make it into your lock screen wallpaper.

Check that the wallpaper has been correctly set by locking and then unlocking your screen. The Live Photo should be moving on your lock screen.

How to Share Live Photos With Family or Friends?

Sharing your Live Photos is also as easy as sharing standard photos. Note that people without an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus will have to view the Live Photos as videos, though.

While viewing the Live Photo, tap the Share icon.

If you’d rather share the still version of the photo, tap where it says “Live.”

Decide the destination. You can share via email, text message, etc.