How to Delete the Live Photo Version of a Picture

 How to Delete the Live Photo Version of a Photo

Apple introduced the Live Photo feature with the iPhone 6S, and it's still a fun and popular feature of the native iPhone Camera app. Unless you've chosen to preserve your Live Photo settings in the Camera Settings, the Live Photo function is on by default when you open the Camera app, so you need to turn off live photos if you want a traditional still shot. Sometimes, though, we all forget to turn off Live Photo; now what? No worries, you can delete the Live Photo version of your picture and keep the still photo. Let's get started learning how on your iPhone in iOS 11.3.

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To delete a Live Photo and keep a still shot instead: 

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Select the Live Photo you'd like to change to a still. 

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  • Tap Edit.
  • Tap the Live Photo icon in the middle, at the top of your display. 

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  •  Select Done.

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