How to Edit Live Photos on iPhone

Live Photos on iPhone is one of the favorite features among amateur photographers across the world. It adds a unique quality to your simple photos as each live photo moves a bit when you tap on one from your photo library. However, when you edit a live photo, the feature serves you with more options to master your iPhone photography. From its arrival in 2015, Live Photos has improved a lot. In iOS 14, Apple made a few changes in editing live photos. As a matter of fact, the process has become less complicated. If you want to edit live photos on your iPhone, follow this guide.

How to Edit Live Photos on Your iPhone

Apple allows you to trim the length or mute the sound in Live Photos, apart from using filters or cropping a photo.

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your iPhone.

Launch Photos app on iPhone

Step #2. Select a Live Photo you wish to edit. In your Photo Library, you may not have all your pics as Live Photos. So choose the Live Photo accordingly.

Select Live Photo in iOS 13 Photos App on iPhone

Step #3. Now tap on the Edit from the top right corner. You can see some tools and filters on your iPhone screen. You need to tap on the circle icon from the bottom menu.

Tap on Circle to Edit Live Photo in Photos App on iPhone

Step #4. A white frame appears on the frame viewer. You can use your finger to slide over the white frame to Make Key Photo. When you stop sliding your finger, Make Key Photo tool-tip appears on the screen; tap on Make Key Photo and then tap the Done from the bottom right corner.

Tap on Done to Make Key Photo in iOS 13 Photos App on iPhone

On the Edit screen, you can drag any one of the ends of frame viewer to select the frames your Live Photos plays.

Select Frames to Play Live Photos in iOS 13 Running iPhone

You can turn off the Live feature by tapping on the Live button (in the yellow background at the top of the screen). This will make a Live Photo a key photo. Basically, it turns live photos to normal.

Tap on Live Button to Turn Off Feature in Photos App on iPhone

Live Photos also records noise on your iPhone. To mute this noise, you can tap on the Mute button from the top left corner of the screen; tap again to unmute your Live Photos.

Tap on Speaker icon to Turn Off Noise Recording in Live Photos on iPhone

How to Add Effects to Live Photos on iPhone

Step #1. Open Photos app → Select Live Photo.

Step #2. Now swipe up on the live photo, and you can see four options: Live, Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure.

  • By default, it is a live photo; hence, you can add some fun elements by selecting Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure.
  • Loop, your live photo will turn into a repetition of action in a continuous looping video.
  • Bounce will rewind the action backward and forward.
  • Long Exposure simulates a DSLR-like long exposure effect by blurring motion.

That’s all, folks!

Signing Off

I hope this quick guide helped you edit Live Photos on your iOS device effortlessly. Finally, while users love to take and store live photos on their device, they should note that these photos occupy more space. For this reason, use this feature judiciously if you have limited free space on the iPhone.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.