Live Photos bring alive your fond memories the moment you long press them. I like sharing them with my friends and loved ones. To bring more fun into the play, I convert Live Photos into GIFs on my iPhone. The obvious advantage of it is that it allows me to send those animated shots across all platforms—without any restrictions.
With iOS 11, you can effortlessly turn Live Photos into GIFs. Yeah, you no longer need to use a third party app like Lively to get things done.
Note: Make sure your iPhone is compatible with Live Photos. Only iPhone 6s/6s Plus or later allows you to capture Live Photos.
How to Convert Live Photos into GIFs on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 11
Step #1. Open Photos app on your iPhone.
Step #2. Tap on Albums tab at the bottom right corner.
Step #3. Now, tap on Live Photos album.
Step #4. Select the photo you want to turn into GIF.
Step #5. Next up, swipe up the pic.
Step #6. Up next, you have four effects to choose from: Live, Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure. Tap on any of the effects you like.
You can access the recently created GIF from Animated album.
How to Convert Live Photos into GIFs on iPhone and iPad Running iOS 10/iOS 9
Step #1. Launch Live GIF or Lively on your iPhone 6s.
Since you are using this app for the first time, it will ask you to access your photo album. Tap on OK.
The app will automatically detect your live photos.
Step #2. Tap on the Live Photo you want to share.
You can see two options right above your live photo: Movie and GIF.
Step #3. Tap on GIF.
Below the live photo, there is a button: Export as GIF.
Step #4. Tap on the button of Export as GIF (Lively) or Share GIF (Live GIF).
Two menu bars will swipe up with several sharing options.
Step #5. You can save GIF to your iPhone camera roll or tap on any one option with which you want to share GIF.
Step #6. In case of the message, type in or select the name of a person with whom you want to share GIF.
Step #7. Finally, tap on the Send button.
This is done.
Your live photo will be sent to your friend in a GIF format. Please note that you won’t be able to share live photos via Facebook and Twitter, hence, you need to share applications like iMessage, WhatsApp or Mail to share live photos as GIFs.
If you want to share your live photos through Facebook or Twitter, you need to select your live photos from Camera Roll.