How to Use Live Photos on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

iPhone 6s

Apple is continuing to grow strong with launching new products now and then and enabling it with new latest features like on handsets iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The main up gradation on these two phones has been in its camera and its ability to take Live Photos.  Many of you who have not yet known of this feature must be wondering what is a Live Photo? A Live Photo is a combination of up to a three-second .mov file and a still .jpg file that is taken automatically when you press the shutter button in your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus camera app. It grabs up to 1.5 seconds of video before and 1.5 seconds of video after you tap the shutter button.

As soon as you open the camera app on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it automatically starts recording. After you tap the shutter button it saves 1.5 seconds beforehand and discards the rest. Also if you open your camera app and leave it open for a few minutes, your iPhone will be recording video the whole time. However, once you tap that shutter button, everything recorded prior to 1.5 seconds beforehand will be deleted.

Let us look here how to have the best Live Photos and what all you can do with it.

Most iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices have Live Photos on by default. But in some cases the feature is off.
So as a first step open the Camera app on your iPhone.

Tap the Live Photos icon in the center-top of the screen between HDR and the timer. It looks like a set of concentric circles.

HDR Live

You will know when Live Photos is on when the icon is highlighted in yellow.

Also the word “Live” will also appear at the top of the screen. This label will remain on until 1.5 seconds after you tap the shutter button. It signifies that the video recording is complete.

Enable HDR Live

Your Live Photo is automatically stored in your Photos app, just like traditional photos are for non-iPhone 6s or 6s Plus users. However, when you use 3D Touch on the screen, they come to life.

Taking Photos

Photos Live

Now remember when taking a Live Photo that the app is already recording. So have a steady hand before the click and don’t put down the phone immediately as the camera will be recording for just a couple more seconds.

As of iOS 9.1, the iPhone’s software automatically senses if the phone is being raised or lowered during the 1.5 seconds of video before or after a Live Photo is taken, and automatically deletes any video taken during that time.

The feature results in potentially shorter Live Photo videos, but keeps the final product looking good by not including blurry footage taken by an iPhone in motion.

Most important to take note of is that Live Photos also record audio, so keep that in mind when trying to take a shot as if you are having a conversation that too will be heard in the Live Photo, and all but three seconds of it will be cut off.

Making Live Photo as a Screen Wall Paper

If you want to add your Live Photo as your Lock Screen wallpaper, and use 3D Touch to activate it at any time follow these simple steps.

Setting Wall-Paper

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone and select “Wallpaper” from the list.
  • Tap “All Photos” to choose a Live Photo that you’ve created.
  • Select the Live Photo you wish to use and select “Set as Lock Screen.”
  • When prompted, you can choose to set the image as a still, perspective, or Live Photo. Select Live Photo.
  • When prompted to set the image as your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or both, select Lock Screen. The animation of the Live Photo only works on the Lock Screen.

Sharing Live Photos

You can share your Live Photos with anyone running iOS 9 on their device, even if it’s not an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. Live Photos are also supported in OS X El Capitan.

Sharing Live Photos is similar to sharing traditional ones. Tap on the Live Photo to select it and then tap the Share icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Then select the method for sharing, such as Messages, AirDrop, etc.
Sharing Live-Photos-AirDrop

Live Photos are not supported in non-Apple services like Twitter and Facebook. If you wish to share the JPEG part of the Live Photo, tap the “Live” icon in the upper left corner of the picture to toggle it to the still image before sharing it.

View Live Photos on Older iPhones

As long as your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 9, you can view Live Photos. It works similarly to using 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, but instead of hard-pressing your screen, simply touch and hold the screen while the video plays. You must keep your finger on the screen for the duration of the video.

View Live Photos in El Capitan

Live Photos can only be viewed in Apple’s Photos app on Mac computers running El Capitan. So, if you receive a Live Photo through AirDrop or something, you must first import it to the Photos app on Mac to view it. The Live Photo will automatically play when you click on it.

Editing Live Photos

You cannot fully edit the live photos. Even though the best part of the video may have taken place during the 1.5 seconds before or after you tapped the shutter, those video clips are off limits for editing.

You can edit the JPEG that was taken as part of the Live Photo in the Photos app, just like you can with traditional images. However, this will turn off the live portion of the photo entirely.

If you do decide to edit the JPEG of a Live Photo add a filter, crop it, etc. and decide you want the entire file back, tap the Edit button with the photo selected. Then, tap the Live Photo icon in the upper left corner. You will be prompted to revert the image to its original form.

Disabling Live Photos

You probably don’t want to keep Live Photos on at all times because the features in it take up the space on your iPhone. It creates two files, one .jpg and one .mov. Each fills up a couple of megabytes of space, and even though the video portion is taken at a lower resolution than the still image, Live Photos still roughly doubles the file size for each photo. So, you should only have Live Photos on when you are intending to use it.

To disable Live Photos, simply tap on the icon at the top-center of the screen. You’ll know when Live Photos is off because the icon will no longer be highlighted in yellow.

All the feature seem quite similar to the Lumia Camera Moments in Lumia and Microsoft phones! Feel any differences do share.