How to Trim a Live Photo with iOS 11 on iPhone

When you take a Live Photo, you’re not always aware of what’s being captured. Since Live Photos capture the couple seconds before and after a shot is taken, it’s easy to accidentally capture the blur of lowering your photo or worse, something you don’t want anyone to see. Before iOS 11, you could turn the Live Photo into a still or delete it. But with iOS 11 or later, you can now trim a Live Photo just like you would a video. Here’s how to trim a Live Photo with iOS 11 on iPhone.

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How to Trim a Live Photo with iOS 11 on iPhone

  • Open the Photos app and find the Live Photo you want to trim. Tap on it.
  • Tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Near the bottom, you’ll see each frame of the Live Photo individually placed side by side. A rectangle with arrows on either side frames the images.
  • Tap on one of the arrows and the rectangle will turn yellow. Now you can drag the edges to trim off the beginning or end of a Live Photo.

  • When you’re satisfied, tap Done to save the trimmed Live Photo.
  • If you trimmed it incorrectly, don’t worry. You can Edit it again and change how it’s trimmed or even revert it back to the original.
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