How to Convert Live Photo to Still on iPhone

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Wondering, “How do I turn off a Live Photo?” If a Live Photo you take captures a bit of video or audio you don’t want, you can convert the Live Photo to a still image in two different ways. You can turn off the live part of the live photo, or you can duplicate the photo as a still and keep or delete the original. Here are both ways to change a Live Photo to a still picture. 

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Save a Live Photo as a still image if you don't like the video or audio captured in the Live Photo.
  • Save iPhone storage when you convert a Live Photo to still and delete the Live Photo.

How to Turn Off Live Photo

Can you save a still from a Live Photo? Yes, you can! If you just want to turn off the live part of your Live Photo, it's actually super simple. Here's how:

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  1. On your iPhone, open the Photos app.

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  2. Tap the Live Photo you want to turn to still.

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  3. Tap the Live button in the top left.

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  4. Tap Live Off.

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And that's how you turn off the live part of the Live Photo. Once you've turned the live part off, you can send or share the photo, and the live part will not be attached anymore. However, you can easily go back to the photo and turn Live Photo on again if you want the live part back!

How to Change Live Photo to Still on iPhone

If you want to keep your Live Photo intact but duplicate the image as a still, follow the steps below. This is helpful if you plan to edit a Live Photo but don’t want to lose the live version or if you just want to save iPhone storage. It's important to note that you can also delete a Live Photo and keep the still version of a photo. Check out our free Tip of the Day for more great Live Photo tutorials. 

  1. Open the Photos App.

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  2. Tap the Albums.

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  3. Tap Live Photos.

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  4. Tap the photo you want to convert to a still.

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  5. Tap the three dots in the top right.

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  6. Tap Duplicate.

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  7. Tap Duplicate as Still Photo.

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The photo will appear in your Recents tab right next to the original live photo. That means if you've converted a photo from a long time ago, you may need to scroll back in your recents to find the new still photo. And that's how you convert a live photo to a still photo on your iPhone. 

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