How to make a video a live photo

video a live photo

Live Photos is a great feature for photos in iPhones that allow you to capture a still image and a short live video together. With Live Photos, the iPhone records 1.5 seconds before and after the photo. Live Photos records high quality still images, always.

This way you’ll have a .MOV file for the video clip and a .JPEG for your photo.

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If you’re an Android user, you might be wondering how to make a video a live photo. The good news is that it’s very easy. You can use a third-party app to convert a video into a live photo or an animated gif.

These type of apps are also useful for iOS users to convert a live photo created with the iPhone or Ipad camera into a video.

This is useful because sometimes live photos can only be shared as still images.

In this guide, we’ll go through a simple method to convert live photos.

How to Convert a Video into a Live Photo on an Android Phone

You can find many different choices in the app store to convert live photos. I’ve chosen one called IntoLive – Live Wallpaper to convert a video into a live photo because it’s free, intuitive and user friendly.

It’s also available for Android and iOS. Here’s how to do it:

1. Launch the app

On the home page of the app, you’ll find a series of choices: you can choose one of the preset live photos, you can make live photos using the camera in the app, or you can convert a video into a live photo.

To select the live photo option, tap on Featured at the bottom of the screen.

2. Upload the video you want to convert

Once you open the Featured section, you’re presented with another menu. Tap on Video if you want to use one from your gallery which had been taken with the phone’s app or a third party app.

If you want to work with a video made with the camera from IntoLive, tap on My Video.

3. Edit the video

When you tap on a video, it will open on the Editor page. The first tool is Rotate; it allows you to rotate your video 90, 180 or 270 degrees.

The next one is Trim. This is very important because it allows you to cut the video’s duration. When you tap on it, you’ll have a stripe at the bottom with the frames of your movie clip. Drag the corners to pick the scenes you want and check the duration.

If you want to make it like a live photo from an iPad or an iPhone, it needs to be three seconds long.

Then you have the Filter option to add a colour cast or turn it black and white. Browse through the filters to find which one you like.

After that, you’ll find the Speed. With this tool, you can make the movie go faster by 0.5x, 1x or 2x. Finally, you have the Crop tool to resize it if you want.

4. Save, Share or Use as Live Wallpaper

Now that you’re done editing your Live Photo, you’ll be shown a preview. If you don’t want to change anything else, you need to decide what you want to do with it.

Since the main feature is to make Live Wallpaper, you’ll be prompted to choose this option with a big orange button at the bottom of the screen.

Once you tap on it, a pop-up window appears to ask you if you want to set it on your Home screen or Home and Lock screen.

However, that’s not the only thing you can do. To download and save it on your phone, tap on the download option (the icon with an arrow pointing down).

Also, you can share it with the icon on the top right corner. When you tap on it, a window will pop-up with all the most popular social media sizes and choices for you to share it.

You’ll also have the option to send it via email or message on WhatsApp, Signal and other apps.

Live Photo FAQs

What is the point of live photos?

With live photos, you can make animated wallpapers and gifs.

How do I make a live photo a loop?

You can turn on the loop effect on an iPhone by opening the Live Photo, then swipe to the menu Effects and choose Loop.

The live photos made on IntoLive play in a loop by default.

How do I activate Live Wallpaper?

If you’re an iPhone user, you can activate Live Wallpaper from the menu Settings. Swipe down to Wallpaper, New Wallpaper. Then choose Live and tap on the one you want to use.

Some Android phones also allow Live Wallpapers. The specific way to activate it can be different in each one; however, it’s usually inside Settings just like the iPhone.

You can also use any of your creation from IntoLive. On the final screen, you’ll find a big orange button that says Set Wallpaper. Then you can choose if you want it only for your Home screen, or Home screen and Lock screen.

How do you post a live photo on Instagram?

On the preview screen of IntoLive, you’ll find a Share icon in the top right corner after doing your edits. Tap on it and choose if you want to share it by Direct, Feed or Stories.

Instagram doesn’t yet support Live Photos from iPhones as Facebook does, so you need to save it as a video using IntoLive or any other app.

Can you post a live photo on Instagram story?

Yes. Videos turned into live photos using IntoLive can be shared directly from the app – as explained in the previous answer. You can also save it on your phone and share it from your Gallery at a later time as an Instagram Story template.

How do you post a live photo loop on Facebook?

You could post a live photo using the Share icon from inside the app if you converted it using IntoLive. Simply tap on it and choose if you want to share it in your Facebook Stories or as a post on your feed.

Also, the Facebook app recognizes a Live photo from an iPhone when you upload it to your post. It will ask you if you want to share the still photo or the Live version.

Are live photos lower quality?

When you take a live photo on your iPhone, it will take one frame as the still image in high quality, and the rest of the video is compressed.

Does turning off live photos save space?

Yes, live photos on an iPhone take around twice the space of a still photo. Tap the Live icon to turn it off just once. The next time you open the camera app, it will be on again. If you want to leave it off, you need to disable it in Settings, Camera, and Preserve Settings.

Final Words

That’s it! Now you know how to convert a live photo into a video or gif and use it as an animated wallpaper.

You can also create live photos with Android phones and create lively content that you can share via email or post on your favourite social media.

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Ana Mireles is a Mexican researcher that specializes in photography and communications for the arts and culture sector.