How to Send Live Photos as GIFs from iPhone and iPad

Earlier, I had to use third-party apps like Lively to turn them into GIFs in order to share them with my friends who don’t own iDevices. But those days are gone—and gone forever! Now, you can easily turn those shots into GIF (graphics interchange format) without using any third-party app. Then, you will be able to easily send Live Photos as GIF to your friends on iPhone.

How to Turn Live Photos as GIF on iPhone and iPad

Make sure you have a cool Live Photo in your photo library. Just in case, you don’t have one, capture a nice one right now. (Open Camera app → hit the Live Photo button at the top center and then snap a dashing shot.)

  1. Launch Photos app on your iOS device → Tap on Albums tab at the bottom right corner → Now, tap on the Live Photos album.Tap on Live Photos Album in iPhone Photos App
  2. Next up, select the photo you want to convert into GIF.Select Live Photo from iPhone Photos App
  3. Up next, you need to swipe up on the pic.Swipe Up Live Photo on iPhone
  4. Now, you have four options: Live, Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure. Select your preferred effects.Select Effect for Live Photo on iPhone


That’s it!

You have successfully turned the Live Photo into GIF. Now, you will access it from the Animated folder in your photo library.

Note: If you want to edit your live photo, follow this complete guide to get it done.

Share Live Photos as GIFs

  1. Open Photos app on your iPhone → Tap on the Albums tab at the bottom.
  2. Now, you need to tap on the Animated album.Tap on Animated Album in iPhone Photos
  3. Next up, select the photo you want to send.Select Live Photo You Turned into GIF on iPhone
  4. Up next, tap on the Share button at the bottom left corner.Tap on Share Button in iPhone Photos App
  5. Now, you can choose to share it through your favorite medium.

Note: During the test, I was able to send it via Mail, Messages, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram without any problem.

I’m going to share it via Messages. Select it in the share sheet → Enter the recipient name and then hit the send button.Share GIFs on iPhone via iMessage

Wrapping up

I wish Apple made it possible to send moving photos in their original form across all the platforms sooner than later. It would make Live Photos even more popular. What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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How to Send Live Photos as GIFs from iPhone and iPad

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Jignesh Padhiyar
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