How to use Live Photos?

If you own an iPhone 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus or an iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, you can enjoy Live Photos!

What are Live Photos?

Live Photos is a feature that combines photos and videos.

It is ideal for photographing objects or people in motion: birds, streams, children … In addition, it works just as well with the cameras placed at the front and back of your smartphone.

And thanks to its .mov format, you can share your Live Photos as videos on Facebook!

Live Photos are saved automatically in the Photos application under the Live Photos album.
When you connect your iPhone to your Mac, the Photos application will have a section, in the left pane, dedicated to Live Photos. They will be in .jpeg format.


How to use Live Photos

Open the Photos app and turn on the Live Photos option by tapping the two- by-one icon (at the top of the screen, in the middle).
Once activated, the icon will turn yellow.

For its activation and use, follow these 8 tips:

  • Live Photos starts recording before you press the shutter, so have your lens insight.
  • It’s the same when you’re done. Do not press the shutter button until you have turned your camera to the ground, for example.
  • Live Photos also records the sound of your photo. For example, when you take pictures of your little cousin and talk to him, your voice will be heard in the picture.
    Note: If you can not get the sound on your Live Photo, try turning it off and then on again. This does not mean that the audio function will be disabled from your photo.
  • You will also have to press the shutter button very quickly because if you hold it for a long time you will end up in Burst mode or you will only take part of your photo.
  • Live Photos needs a good source of light, this is due to their frame rate: 15 fps, which is not enough to capture light properly.
  • Make sure Live Photos is turned off when you do not need it, especially if your iPhone has only 16 GB of memory.
    To turn off Live Photos, press the shutter button, it will turn white and show Live Off.
  • On iPhone 6 and 6s, your photos taken with the rear camera will be 12 megapixels, and 5 megapixels with the front camera.
  • When we imported our Live Photos, via the image transfer app and to the Videos folder, it took the .mov format and it was 5.50 MB in size.
    Its jpeg version was 7.6 Mo. Even if you are a fan of Live Photos, use the app sparingly because the memory of your iPhone can quickly fill.

Watch Live Photos

Once your photo has been taken, you can see it through the Photos application on your iPhone, or you can tap directly on its thumbnail with 3D Touch technology.

On your iPhone, open your Live Photos and press the photo.

Since, a Mac appointment in the Photos application ? Live Photos and click Live at the top left.

If you have an iPhone or iPad prior to iOS 11, then you will need to exert longer pressure.

Share Live Photos

You can share your Live Photos with another iOS device, using iMessage, AirDrop, or iCloud. If you send your Live Photos to an iPhone with 3D Touch technology, there will be a firm pressure to view it. If you share your Live photo to an iPhone 6 or an earlier iOS system, you will need to press longer on the photo concerned. If you opt for email, know that your Live photo can only have the .jpg format, and this, whatever your Apple device. If you still run on OS X El Capitan or later, then for sharing from a Mac prefer AirDrop or iMessage.