How to Turn Off Live Photos on iPhone

Easily turn off live photo temporarily or until you're ready to use it again.

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Live photos are a hybrid between a still image and a short video that work on iPhone 6s and newer. These unique moving pictures capture three seconds of video with a key photo in the middle, but there may be times when a traditional photo is better.  Learn how to turn off Live Photos temporarily or long term.

Related: Live Photos: The Complete Guide to the iPhone's Moving Pictures

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Save storage space on your phone when you turn off Live Photos.
  • Avoid sharing more than you intend to in the seconds before or after a photo.
  • Ensure that your picture can be easily viewed when you send it to someone, even if they don’t have an iPhone.

How to Turn off Live Photo for One Photo

Live Photo is automatically activated on your iPhone, but you can turn off Live Photo for a few images or turn it off entirely in just a few easy steps. Alternatively, you can keep your Live Photo off and use it on occasion by tapping the same target icon in the camera app from Step 2 below.  

  1. Open the Camera app.

    tap camera app for live photo
  2. Tap the Live Photo icon to turn off Live Photo for an individual picture.

    turn off live photo in camera app

How to Disable Live Photo for All Photos

To disable Live Photo for all photos you take, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    live photo setting
  2. Scroll down and tap Camera.

    tap camera to turn off live photo
  3. Tap Preserve Settings.

    turn off live photo in preserve settings
  4. Tap the toggle to disable Live Photo.

    switch to turn off live photo iphone 
  5. When the toggle is gray, Live Photo is disabled.

While Live Photo is useful and fun, there are still times when a still photo works better. You have the best of both worlds when you learn to turn off Live Photo.

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Emma Chase

Emma Chase is a freelance writer for iPhone Life. She has her Bachelors degree in Communication from the University of Northern Iowa. Emma has worked in many sectors in her professional career, including the higher education, finance, and nonprofit. Emma lives in small-town Iowa with her husband and two children. When she’s not geeking out over the newest Apple product or wrangling her kids, Emma enjoys a good book, crocheting, and trying new foods.