How to Play Live Photos on Mac (2022 Update)

Can you view a Live Photo on Mac? Yes! Here's how to play Live Photos in the Mac Photos app.

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Wondering how to turn on Live Photos on a Mac? Playing a Live Photo on your Mac is quick and easy. Here's how to view a Live Photo in the Photos app on a Mac.

Related: How to Edit Photos & Videos on Mac 

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • View Live Photos in two easy steps.
  • Play Live Photos on a Mac to view them on a larger screen.

How to View Live Photos on Mac

Live Photos, or live pictures, as some people call them, are three-second moving pictures taken on an iPhone 6s and later. You can play a Live Photo on your iPhone or iPad, but you can also view them on a Mac. For more Photos app tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. To use this tip, you'll need a Mac running OS X El Captian or later.

  1. Open the Photos app and click Live Photos under Albums in the sidebar. 
    click albums in the sidebar
  2. Double-click the Live Photo you want to play and click the Live button in the corner, or press Option-Space Bar on your keyboard. 
    click the Live button

Your Live Photo should now play for you. If you like taking and viewing Live Photos, you might also like to learn how to turn a Live Photo into a video or GIF, share the GIF to Instagram and Facebook, and even use a Live Photo as wallpaper.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.