Take and edit Live Photos

Capture photos that come alive when you touch them. Then you can edit your Live Photos and share them with your family and friends. All from your iPhone 6s and later.



Take a Live Photo

Live Photos records what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. What you get is more than a great photo — but a moment captured with movement and sound. You take a Live Photo just like you do a traditional photo.

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Make sure that your Camera is set to photo mode.
  3. Hold your iPhone still.
  4. Tap .

Live Photos is on by default on your iPhone 6s and later. If you want to take a still image instead, tap  to turn off Live Photos. You can preserve your Camera settings so that Live Photos is always on or off. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings.

See your photos come to life

After you take a Live Photo, you can relive the moment instantly from the Photos app.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to the Photos tab.
  3. Tap the Live Photo.
  4. Firmly press the screen and hold.

You can enjoy your Live Photo every time you unlock your iPhone too. Just set it as your Lock screen wallpaper.

Edit your Live Photos

Make edits to your Live Photos the same way as any other photo, with the tools built directly into the Photos app. Crop, add filters, adjust the light and color, and more.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Go to the Photos tab.
  3. Tap the Live Photo that you want to edit.
  4. Tap .


Share any way you like

Show off your Live Photos to family and friends. Just make sure that they have the latest iOS or Messages for Mac. You can share your moment as a Live Photo or a still photo.

  1. Tap .
  2. If you want to share the still photo and not the Live Photo, tap Live in the upper-left corner.
  3. Choose how you want to share your photo. 
    If you choose Mail, it sends as a still image.

If you edit your Live Photo in a third-party app, you might lose the Live Photo effect.

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