your finger over the timeline to scrub through the sequence.
When you find the key frame you want to represent your Live
Photo, stop scrolling and tap Make Key Photo, then tap Done.
In the editing menu, you can also trim the three-second clip by
dragging the edges of the timeline in if you wish.
How to Share Live Photos
When you share Live
Photos, keep in mind that
not all services support
the feature and may
display them as still photos. However, if you send
a Live Photo to someone
with an iPhone 6s or later
using iMessage, iCloud
Photo Sharing, Facebook,
or AirDrop, they will be
able to press and hold
to view the photo live.
To share a Live Photo,
open the Photos app and
find an image with the
word Live in the top left
corner before tapping the
Share icon. Make sure to
use the Messages app,
AirDrop, or iCloud Photo
Sharing. Using Mail will
just send the still image. If you’d like to share a Live Photo as
a still, you can tap the Live button to turn the moving image
into a regular photo before tapping the Share icon.
You can share Live Photos that you’ve applied Loop and
Bounce effects to and have them play continuously for your
recipient if you send them to other iOS devices running iOS
11. However, when you share Loop or Bounce videos with
devices running older versions of iOS or non-iOS devices, they
will appear as a video file. How they appear in other messaging and social media platforms varies by service.
How to Share Live Photos
Facebook is one of the only social media sites that’s cur-
How to Use Live Photos as
rently able to share Live Photos (aside from Tumblr). The
slightly tricky part to remember is that you can’t share Live
Photos to Facebook from the Photos app. To share Live
Photos to Facebook, you’ll need to do so from within the
Facebook app. Here’s how: Open the Facebook app and
start a new status by tapping “What’s on your mind?” Then
tap Photo/Video. Find the Live Photo you want to share, and
tap Done. Tap the Live button in the lower right corner of
the photo to include motion and audio. Each time you post a
Live Photo to Facebook, you have to turn on the Live part of
the photo or it will share as a still. Tap Post, and you’re done!
All iPhone users with iOS 9 or later will be able to play your
Live Photo from Facebook by using 3D Touch (if available on
their device) or tapping and holding the Live Photo to play the
a Live Wallpaper
One of my favorite
places to view my Live
Photos is on my Lock
screen. Live wallpapers
appear stationary until
you activate 3D Touch or
tap and hold the screen.
I’ve used photos from
my summer road trip as
my wallpaper so I can
feel immersed in that trip
whenever I pick up my
iPhone. The easiest way
to assign a Live Photo to
your Lock screen is to find
a picture in the Photos
app, tap the Share icon,
and select Use as Wallpaper (Note that you can’t
use Live Photos as your
Home screen wallpaper,
just your Lock screen).
Move and scale the photo as you see fit, and make sure
you’ve selected Live Photo, not Still. When you’re satisfied,
tap Set. Now you can view a fun moment from your Lock
screen whenever you feel like it!
Conner Carey is a feature web writer at iPhone Life and a contributing writer for Love
U magazine. Her work has been published on Art Parasites Berlin and Chronically.
She holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in
Fairfield, Iowa. You can find her personal blog at connerleecarey.com or follow her on
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