How to Share Live Photos As GIFs on iPhone

By Emily Watson, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'Live Photos' embraces an update in iOS 11 and now rolls out with three modes: Loops, Bounce and Long Exposure. Now, users can relive favorite memories with movement and sound in different forms. Yet, what to do when you intend to share Live Photos with friends and beloved ones? And how to do it?

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Actually, What is Live Photos? It is indeed a series of photos seamlessly combined together, recording a video for 1.5 seconds prior to a still image. It starts as soon as you enable Live Photos mode. Therefore, you can share Live Photos as GIFs with anyone on iPhone through Mail and WhatsApp. To have an overall idea, let's cut to the chase.

Workaround 1: How to Share Live Photos as GIFs via Mail?

Before you go any further, I'd like to tell you that this approach only works on iPhone running iOS 11 and later. If you still want to learn your way around the method to transfer Live Photos via mail, take a look down here.

Step 1. Launch "Photos" app on iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on a desired item or check multiple items.

Note that Live Photos should be set an effect first -Loop, Bounce or Long Exposure - so that they can be successfully sent out.

Step 3. Select the share button on the lower left and choose "Mail" option.

Step 4. Now, the selected Live photos are enclosed.

Step 5. Type in the recipient, subject and content.

Step 6. Tap on "Send" at the upper top to send the mail out.

Note that you should add and tie with your email at first.

Live Photos via Mail

Workaround 2: How to Share Live Photos as GIFs through WhatsApp?

As you can send photos to friends on WhatsApp, you can also share Live Photos with anyone you want on WhatsApp. Don't tell me you don't have a WhatsApp account. I would not buy it. Now, let's see how to share Live Photos on WhatsApp.

Step 1. Open "WhatsApp" app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap on "Contacts" and select the one you like to share Live Photos.

Step 3. Tap the bubble icon to start the chat.

Step 4. Select "+" button on the lower left and choose "Photo & Video Library" option.

Step 5. When prompted to select a photo, you should hold long on the Live photo and choose "Select as GIF".

Step 6. The live photo will be sent as a GIF.

Live Photos via WhatsApp

Easy, right? Live Photos has enriched our life. However, in case of losing precious moments, I'd strongly recommend you to back up iPhone via iTunes/iCloud from time to time.

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