How to Share Live Photos as GIF on iPhone and iPad

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: December 23, 2019

Do you want to know how to share live photos as a GIF on your iPhone or iPad? Find out in this article below.

Part 1. What are Live Photos on iOS?Part 2. How to Take Live Pictures on iPhone and iPad DevicesPart 3. How to Share Live Photos on Your iPhone or iPadPart 4. How to Share Live Photos as GIF on iPhone and iPadPart 5. How to Share Live Images as a GIF on WhatsAppPart 6. The Pros and Cons of Live Photos on iPhone and iPadPart 7. SummaryVideo Guide: How Can We Extract Photos from iPhone or iPad Devices

Part 1. What are Live Photos on iOS?

Know about live pictures? Keep reading!

Whats are the live pictures on your iOS devices? Live Photos are a new feature starting with iPhone 6 and 6S Plus. This feature captures moving pictures, not a video but a 15-second, full 12 megapixels still image, before and after the shutter. Quite a wizardry yet cool especially to those who want to use the image as wallpapers, screensavers or just simply share it with your friends. You can even share Live Photos as GIF and share it to anyone on your phone! Check out the different ways on how to take Live Photos, save and share with everybody you wish to.

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Share live pictures as a GIF on iPhone or iPad

Part 2. How to Take Live Pictures on iPhone and iPad Devices

Taking live photos difficult???

Here is an answer about how to take live photoss on iPhone or iPad devices.Taking an ordinary picture may be a little boring sometimes. It doesn’t have spices because it is a still image. It is sometimes quite difficult to find the right angle and exposure whenever taking pictures on the iPhone/iPad; even professional photographers find this problem too.

With Live Photos on iOS, you can turn a boring picture into a quirky, lively one. Live Photos can be turned on at any time; you can even leave it on is you want to. Follow the steps below on how to take Live Photos on your iPhone and iPad:

  • Launch Camera app from your iPhone or iPad
  • Tap the Live Photo button, (the icon looks like disappearing rings) and toggle it on (yellow) Note that it highlights the yellow and with the Live button on the bottom of the screen
  • Tap the Shutter to take your Live Photo

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Where to find Live Photos

Live Photos are saved in your gallery together with the other saved images. At first glance, they may look like an ordinary image but when you long-press the image, it starts moving.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Go to the Photos app on the iPhone/iPad
  • Find the Live Photos album
  • Long-press or hold the picture firmly
  • Wait for the animation to start

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Where to find your Live Photos

Part 3. How to Share Live Photos on Your iPhone or iPad

Once you have saved the images, you can now share Live Photos on the iPhone/iPad. Your friends will surely love to see your moving images. You can send these moving pictures to any shareable platform such as email, SMS/MMS, messaging apps, Instagram, Snapchat and many more.

Here are the steps to share live photos to Social Media Platforms:

  1. Launch the Photos app from the iPhone/iPad
  2. Find and tap the exact photo you'd like to share. You can also choose multiple images. To identify Live Photos, a gray "Live" indicator shows on the upper left of the image
  3. Tap the Share button at the bottom left
  4. Choose your sharing media. You can share to any social media platforms, plus you can even share it on YouTube
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to share (it normally works the same with the pictures)

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Here are the steps to share live photos on iPhone device

Part 4. How to Share Live Photos as GIF on iPhone and iPad

Apart from just sending and sharing you can also share Live Photos as the GIF on iTunes on iPhone and iPad. Yes! Finally, you can be cooler by learning a few tips on how to create GIFs and how to share live images as the GIF on iPhone and iPad. Check out these steps:

Learn to Share Live Photos as a GIF on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Photos App and tap “Albums”
  2. Tap Live Photos album
  3. Choose the image you want to share as GIF
  4. Swipe up starting from the bottom of the screen to show the four animation options: Live, Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure. Save the edit.
  5. The newly edited Live Photos will be saved into a new album called “Animated”
  6. Tap the Share button at the bottom left corner
  7. Choose the desired platform to share live photos as the GIF on iPhone/iPad: Mail, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Messages, and more.

Now you can share your live pictures as the GIF anytime and anyway.

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Share Live Pictures as a GIF on iPhone and iPad

Part 5. How to Share Live Images as a GIF on WhatsApp

You can learn how to share live pictures as a GIF on WhatsApp app.WhatsApp is now the coolest messaging app in the social media world. Everyone talks and share their stories on WhatsApp. You can also share live photos as the GIF on WhatsApp using your iPhone.

Follow these easy steps on how to be cool among your friends:

  1. Open WhatsApp app on the iPhone
  2. Tap Contacts and choose the desired friend to share Live Photos as a GIF with (you can also open the previous conversation thread)
  3. Tap the plus icon (+)on the lower left of the screen and tap Photo & Video Library
  4. When asked to choose a photo, long-press on the Live photo and choose Select as GIF
  5. The live photo will be sent as a GIF on the conversation thread

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Part 6. The Pros and Cons of Live Photos on iPhone and iPad

Even though Live Photos are fun and easy to create and share, there are always two sides of the story. If you are using iPhone frequently then you will notice that you have some space issues at random times and the only way to get rid of this is to transfer or delete unnecessary files.

Not everyone is happy with this Live Photo feature; here are the notable Pros and Cons of Live Photos:

Pros:

  • Standout feature
  • Cool effects and animation options
  • Fun, lively and new
  • First offered in iOS

Cons:

  • It takes more space. Sometimes double the size of the usual 12 megapixel image
  • Live Photos are only available on iOS 9 and above

Part 7. Summary

Getting familiar with all the cool function and features of your iPhone is very important because you get to discover new things all the time. To better stay in the loop, always make sure you have the latest iOS update on your device.

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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