How to turn a live photo into a still photo

Live Photos on an iPhone lets you automatically record 1.5 seconds before and after you take a photo, filling your Photos app with dynamic videos. However, if you prefer to have a static photo rather than a live photo, your iPhone has an option that also solves this problem.

You can easily convert a live photo to a still photo, which also means you can share it more easily on Android devices.


Why would you want to change a live photo to a still photo?

First, you can save storage space by duplicating your Live Photo as a still photo and deleting the original Live version. Remember that deleting a Live Photo in favor of a duplicate means you will lose the 1.5 seconds saved on each side of the photo. Alternatively, you can disable the Live feature on a photo, which you can undo at any time (although this doesn’t save any storage). We have explained both methods below.

Second, since Live Photos are unique to Apple devices, converting a Live Photo to a still image will allow you to easily post or share the image on other platforms. When you convert it to a still photo, you can choose your own key photo, which is the frame of the live photo you turn into a still image.

This is particularly useful if, for example, you have a live photo of someone jumping into the pool and you want to share a still image of the exact moment they hit the water. All you have to do is make this frame the key photo, then convert it to a still image and share it.

Changing a Live Photo to a still photo is one of the ways you can edit Live Photos. There’s a lot to learn about this feature, so you can check out this Live Photos guide to learn more.

How to Disable Live Feature on Live Photo

This method disables the Live option to turn your Live Photo into a still image. Remember that this is reversible at any time, but it won’t make any difference to your storage space. With that being said, let’s get to the steps of converting a Live Photo to a still image:

  1. Open the Live Photo you want to convert.
  2. Faucet Edit.
  3. Press the icon with the concentric circles.
  4. Before converting your Live Photo to a still photo, choose your Key Photo, as this is the image you will see on your still photo. You can select a key photo by selecting a frame from the slider at the bottom, then pressing Create a key photo. This will change the image that displays for iPhone Live Photos.
  5. Once done, press the yellow colored button Live icon on your screen. The yellow will disappear, indicating that Live Photo is disabled, and your photo is now a normal still image.
  6. Hurry Do.

If you want to recover the contents of your Live Photo, simply repeat the same steps to activate Live Photo and convert it back into a dynamic clip.

If you want to create multiple still images from the same Live Photo, just tap and hold it and select Duplicatethen repeat the above steps to choose another key photo.

How to Duplicate a Live Photo as a Still Image

This method will help you create free storage space on your iPhone, provided that you delete the original Live Photo after creating a duplicate still image. Remember that if you do this you will permanently erase the video assets from your Live Photo and be stuck with the still image.

To convert your Live Photo into a duplicate still image, follow this method:

  1. Open Live Photo and tap the To share icon.
  2. Scroll down and tap Duplicate.
  3. Select Duplicate as still photo. A separate still image will be created, while the Live Photo will remain as is.
  4. You can now delete the original Live Photo to free up storage space, but remember that you’ll lose everything except the still image when you do.

If you want to create multiple still images from the same Live Photo, just select another key photo and repeat these steps before deleting it.

You can do a lot with Live Photos on your iPhone

Turning a Live Photo into a still image isn’t the only thing you can do in your Photos app. Did you know that you can also set your Live Photo as wallpaper on your iPhone?

Along with that, you can turn your live photo into a long exposure shot, loop and bounce. These options will result in several different effects for you to try.

Jack C. Nugent