How to Save Live Photo as Video or GIF on Android

Live Photos, i.e. Motion Photos, capture multiple frames to a single frame. Basically, a short 2 second video is captured in live photos. This allows you to select the best image frame from multiple frames without actually capturing several pictures. Luckily, you can even convert and save Live Photo to video or GIF on your Android phone.

In this article, we will guide you how to save Live Photo as video or GIF using Google Photos app, which can convert Live Photo on any Android phone as long as your phone support them. We have also covered how to save Live Photos as videos on Samsung Galaxy phones. Let’s start.

How to Save Live Photo as Videos or GIF to Google Photos

If you are viewing the Live Photo in the Google Photos app on your Android phone, follow these steps to convert the Live Photo to video or GIF.

Step 1: Launch the Google Photos app on your Android phone.

2nd step: Open the Live Photo you want to convert to video or GIF. To verify this is a Live Photo, look for the play icon on the top photo.

Step 3: Tap the three-dot icon at the top or swipe up on the photo to open the menu.

Step 4: You will see some options under the photo. Swipe left and tap Export.

Step 5: You will be greeted by three options: Video, GIF, and Still Photo. Tap the desired option to convert the live photo to video, GIF or still photo.

Point: To extract any individual frame as a photo from a Live Photo in the Google Photos app, swipe up on the Live Photo. Tap the View All button under the Photos section of this photo. Navigate to the image you want to extract and press the Save Copy button. Also, learn to use google photos to create a video.

How to Save Animated Photo as Video or GIF on Samsung

The Samsung Gallery app also offers the feature of save animated photos as videos or GIFs. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch the Samsung Gallery app on your phone.

Point: Check best tips for using samsung gallery app.

2nd step: Open the animated photo you want to export as a video or GIF. If you are unsure if the photo is an animated photo, look for the “Show animated photo” button at the bottom. This indicates that the image is an animated photo.

Step 3: Tap the three-dot icon at the bottom of the photo and select Export from the menu.

Step 4: You will have two options to export the animated photo: video or GIF. Choose the desired option to save it. Tap the Video option to immediately convert the animated photo and save the video to your phone. You’ll find it in the Gallery app.

Step 5: Tap the GIF option to open the GIF customization screen. Here you can select the length, speed and play mode of your GIF.

  • Use the scroll bar at the bottom to trim or adjust the length of the GIF.
  • Tap the 1.0x speed option to increase or decrease the GIF speed.
  • Tap the down arrow to play the video in forward, reverse, or round-trip direction.

Step 6: Once you’ve customized the GIF, hit save at the top to download the GIF. Also, tap the Share button to send the animated photo in GIF format to your friends via any app.

Discover other ways to create a GIF on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Point: To extract a specific still image from an animated photo, press the Show animated photo button. Then tap the quick crop button at the bottom to save the animated photo image.

Android Live Photos FAQ

1. What happens to the original Live Photo after converting it to video or GIF?

Exporting an animated photo as a video or GIF will not delete the original animated photo.

2. How to send animated photos via WhatsApp on Android?

If you send a motion or live photo on WhatsApp, it will be sent as a still image. To send it as an animated photo, you will need to convert it to video or GIF as shown above and then send the converted video or GIF to WhatsApp. Learn to send live photo as gif on whatsapp on iphone.

3. How do I turn off Live Photos in Google Photos?

To stop a Live Photo from auto-playing in Google Photos, tap the Pause icon at the top of the Live Photo.

4. How to stop Camera app from taking Live Photos on Android?

On Google Pixel phones, open the Camera app and tap the Settings icon (or arrow) at the top. Select Off next to Top Shot. Similarly, open the Samsung Camera app and tap the Motion photo icon at the top to turn off live photos.

Edit videos on Android

After converting Live Photo to video or GIF on your Android phone, you can edit the converted video like a regular video. Know how edit videos using Samsung Gallery Where Google Photos. Also see the best video editing apps for Android phones.

Jack C. Nugent