iPhone 6s and later let you shoot Live Photos that are basically 3-second videos or moving images. You can convert a Live Photo to a GIF or video, but what if you want a normal image? Well, it is easy. You may do it on your iPhone, or if you have transferred the photo to Mac, you can do the same on it. In this brief post, I will show you how to change a live photo to still on Mac.
How to convert Live Photo to still photo on Mac
- Open the Photos app on your Mac.
- From the left sidebar, click the arrow for Media Types and choose Live Photos.
- Select a Live Photo. Press the command key to select multiple Live Photos.
- Right-click and choose Turn Off Live Photo.
How to reverse it and turn still photos into Live Photos on Mac
If you change your mind, it is pretty effortless to reconvert the still image into a Live Photo. For this, follow the same steps as above and right-click the image. Finally, choose Turn On Live Photo.
Tip: If you want both the Live Photo and still version of an image, right-click and choose Duplicate 1 Photo. Now, you can follow the steps mentioned above to convert one copy to a normal image and leave another as it is (that is, Live Photo)
Happy with a still image!
I hope the above guide helped you change a Live Photo into a regular, non-moving image. If you have any further questions, please put them in the comments below.
In case you do not like Live Photos at all, you can effortlessly turn it off in the iPhone Camera app by tapping the tiny three-line circle icon at the top right (on iPhone with Face ID) or middle (on iPhone with Home button).
Final Tip: You can also open the Live Photo on your iPhone. Tap the share icon, tap Duplicate, and choose Duplicate as Still Photo. Now, you may transfer this still image from the iPhone to your Mac.
Some more helpful posts related to Live Photos:
- How to Post Live Photos on Instagram and Facebook from iPhone
- How to Edit Live Photos on iPhone
- Steps to Capture Live Photos from FaceTime Call on Mac
- How to View Live Photos in Messages on your Mac
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It is amazing to me that Apple can create something so badly designed as this. When I take a photo if I leave my finger an the button a tiny instant too long, I get a video instead of a photo. I appreciate that your post provided a work-around for this. Thanks.