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iPhone Live Photos Feature

iPhone Live Photos Feature Turns Your Pictures Into Videos
iPhone Live Photos Feature

iPhone Live Photos Feature Turns Your Pictures Into Videos


Live Photos which comes with the iPhone 6S and newer iPhone versions, is an amazing feature which allows users to transform a still photo into a tiny movie clip as it takes in account what happens one second before and one second after the picture was taken with the iPhone Camera.

You may like or dislike this function because you don’t need it or just because it takes up more storage space, as all movies do.

Anyway, it’s is easy to disable the Live Photos feature and turn it back on using the Camera app:

  1. Open the Camera from the Camera app or from the iPhone lock screen.

  2. Tap the concentric circle icon on the Photo view screen to toggle Live Photos ON or ON. The circle will change color. It it is yellow, the Live Photos feature is on.

    Keep in mind that when the feature is OFF, you’ll have to turn it ON again if you change your mind and decide to use it for your photos in future. Similarly, if the function is ON, all the pictures you take will be taken in Life Photo mode until you turn the feature OFF again. On the contrary, all the previous photos will not change when you turn the Live Photo ON or OFF.

How to Find Live Photos on the iPhone

When you open the Photos app you’ll see that there is no obvious way to determine if an image is Live Photo or not. It seems that for some reasons Apple decided not to add a Live Photos album (like the company did for other photo categories). Some reviewers suggest however that there is a circular icon to identify Live Photos. Other experts reply that they didn’t see that on their phone, apart from when they select a photo for sharing, in that view they actually can see that circular Live icon.

Quality of Live Photos

What level of quality do Live Photos feature offers? In fact, Live Photos taken with the rear-facing camera on the 6s and 6s Plus are 12-megapixels. But if you take a Live Photo with the front facing camera your picture will be 5-megapixels.

How Much Storage Space Does Live Photos Take Up?

If you import Live Photos via Image Capture on a Mac, you’ll see that each Live Photo is made up of a .mov file (video file) of around 3-4MB and a jpg (still photo) of about 2-5.4MB. Usually the video file will be larger than the jpg file. There are however a few cases where the jpg fill is bigger. When a jpg phile is larger, it means that this file contains more information than just the still image.

­See also:

  • Apple Encyclopedia: all information about company, products, electronic devices, operating systems and apps.
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