2 Easiest Ways to Turn Your Live Photos into a GIF or Video on iPhone

You can turn a Live Photo into a gif directly within the Photos app on an iPhone with iOS 11 or later. But in many cases, you may actually want to use a third-party app, such as Lively, to turn your Live Photos into gifs. Using Lively is also particularly helpful if you want to share your Live Photo on Instagram; because in order to share your Live Photo on Instagram, it must be turned into a video. Before iOS 11, you could turn your Live Photos into a gif using Lively, but you couldn’t simply turn your Live Photos into a gif from within the Photos app. Now, there are two gif options on iPhone: Loop and Bounce. But first we’re going to cover how to turn Live Photos into a gif or video with Lively. Here’s how to turn your Live Photos into a gif or video on the iPhone.

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Related: How to Save a GIF on iPhone

How to Turn a Live Photo into a GIF or Video on iPhone (with Lively App)

  • Open the App Store on your iPhone and download the free app, Lively.
  • Open the app. Give the app permission to access your photos.
  • Tap on the Live Photo you want to turn into a gif or video.
  • At the top, GIF will be highlighted. This shows you what the Live Photo looks like as a gif. To save the gif, tap Export GIF at the bottom, then Save.
  • To turn the Live Photo into a video instead, tap Movie near the top. To save the video, tap Export Movie, then Save.

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This is also a tip on how to share Live Photos on Instagram. Instagram doesn’t currently support sharing Live Photos, which means the easiest way to share a Live Photo on Instagram is to turn it into a video. It's also good to note that Lively will include a watermark, which can be removed for a one-time purchase of $2.99.

How to Turn Your Live Photo into a GIF on iPhone (iOS 11 or Later in Photos App)

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Find the Live Photo you want to turn into a GIF and tap on it.
  • Swipe up to reveal Effects.
  • You’ll see Loop and Bounce.

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  • Tap on each to see what it looks like. Choose the one you like best
  • You can then share your new GIF however you’d like.

 

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