How to send Live Photos as GIFs in iOS 11

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Last year, Apple released Live Photos, a great feature that allows you to capture photos that come alive when you touch them. Basically, a Live Photo records a second and a half of video before and after you press the shutter button. What you get is a Harry Potter-live moving photo.

Live Photo was first introduced with the iPhone 6s and quickly received mostly positive reviews from users and tech experts worldwide. With the release of iOS 11, Apple now allows you to turn Live Photos into GIFs for sharing purposes. This is in contrast with previous implementation where you needed to use third-party apps to turn Live Photos into GIFs.

In this step-by-step guide, we will run you through the steps to send Live Photos as GIFs in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad. Before proceeding, note that that iOS 11 is now in beta, so it may include bugs and errors.

  1. How to turn a Live Photo into a GIF in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad

To send Live Photos as GIFs from your iPhone and iPad, you first need to turn those shots into GIFs. Before we dive in, make sure that you now have a modern version of iOS and a Live Photo in your library.

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Photos app from your home screen and then hit the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen

Step two: Once you are done, select the Live Photos album and choose the image you wish to turn into GIF for sharing purposes. After that, swipe up on your picture and select your effect.

Step three: Your Live Photo will turn into GIF, and you can access it from the Animated folder in your photo library.

  1. How to share your Live Photos as GIFs in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad

Once you have successfully turned your Live Photo into GIF, the next step is send it from your iPhone and iPad. Check out our guide below.

Step one: Launch the Photos app from your home screen and then make sure that you select the Albums tab

Step two: Once you are in, tap on the Animated album and then select the photo you wish to send from your iPhone and iPad

Step three: Hit the Share button and select your sharing option.

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