How to Send Live Photos as GIFs from iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

iOS 11 has made it a lot straightforward to convert Live Photos and share them as GIFs on iPhone and iPad. Navigate through this quick guide to know how it’s done the right way!

When I first interacted with Live Photos on my iPhone 6s powered by iOS 9, I was really impressed with the moving pictures. For those unfamiliar, Live Photo is a short video clip of around 1.5 seconds that comes to life (animates) when you long press on it. Though I really liked those cool shots, I could share them in their original form only with the folks having iPhone/iPad running iOS 9 and Mac running El Capitan. Hence, I had to use third party apps like Lively to turn them into GIF 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 running iOS 11.

Interestingly, it hardly takes a couple of seconds to convert animated pics into GIF. You can also choose from multiple effects to give the image better look.

How to Send Live Photos as GIFs from iPhone and iPad

How to Turn Live Photos as GIF in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Note: 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.)

Step #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

Step #2. Next up, select the photo you want to convert into GIF.

Select Live Photo from iPhone Photos App

Step #3. Up next, you need to swipe up on the pic.

Swipe Up Live Photo on iPhone

Step #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.

How to Share Live Photos as GIFs from iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Photos app on your iPhone → Tap on Albums tab at the bottom.

Step #2. Now, tap on you need to tap on Animated album.

Tap on Animated Album in iPhone Photos

Step #3. Next up, select the photo you want to send.

Select Live Photo You Turned into GIF on iPhone

Step #4. Up next, tap on the share button at the bottom left corner.

Tap on Share Button in iPhone Photos App

Step #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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