How to turn a video into a live photo

One of the benefits of owning an iPhone is using a live photo as your home and lock screen background.

Live Photos are part of a number of features that came with the iPhone 6s series in 2015. You can use this feature to record what happens in the 1.5 seconds before and after taking a photo. What you get is a photo with a slight moving sound when you activate it.

You can use Animations with images from your phone’s gallery. But if you have a video that you have previously shot, you can also use it as a live background. The good news is that you can convert a video to a Live Photo, but you’ll need a special third-party app for that.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to turn a video into a Live Photo on your iPhone in a few easy steps.

How to turn videos into animations on iPhone or iPad

There’s no built-in app or way to turn a video into a Live Photo on your iPhone or iPad.

Some of the best third-party apps you can use include intoLive, Video to Live Photo, TurnLive, and VideoToLive.

Note: Live Photos available on iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air (3 .)rd generation), iPad (5order generation), iPad Pro (2016 or later) and iPad mini (5order generation).

We will be using the intoLive app for this tutorial. The free version of the app comes with basic features, but you can get the Pro version to unlock advanced editing tools and features.

  1. Download and install the intoLive app from the App Store.
IntoLive app
  1. Launch the intoLive app and grant the necessary permissions to your photo library. You’ll see all the files in your gallery or photo library organized by type. From here, you can select the video you want to convert to a Live Photo.
Video selected in photo gallery

Note: If you’re using the free version of the app, you can only create Live Photos up to five seconds long. If you want longer videos, the Pro version allows you to create videos up to 30 seconds long.

  1. In the video editing page, use the slider to crop the video to the part you want to turn into a Live Photo.
Video editing page
  1. You can also change the speed of the video, apply filters and repeat loops. However, some options are locked behind the Pro version’s premium wall.
BG, Filter and Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčOptions
  1. Once you’re done editing the video, tap Do in the upper right.
Create button
  1. Choose how many times you want the Live Photo to repeat.
Repeat options
  1. Give the app a few seconds to create your Live Photo, then tap Save photos directly to your iPhone or iPad’s photo library.
Live Photo Save button
  1. From here you can open the Photos app, tap New Animation and tap Repost.
Share button
  1. Clap Use as wallpaper to set New Animation as your home or lock screen background.
Option to use as wallpaper
  1. Next, tap The set and then choose whether you want Live Photos on home screen, lock screen, or both screens.
Live Photo and Set lock screen, home screen and both options

How to turn GIFs into animations on iPhone or iPad

You can also turn your favorite GIFs into Live Photos, but you’ll need a third-party app. For this tutorial, we’ll be using GIPHY, which is free and has the largest library of GIFs, stickers, and clips.

  1. Download and install GIPHY on your iPhone or iPad and launch the app.
GIPHY APP
  1. Choose GIF that you want to turn into a Live Photo, tap the three vertical dots on the right side of the screen.
Three vertical dots
  1. Clap Convert to animation.
Switch to Live Photo option
  1. Option full screen or fit the screen.
Full screen or Fit screen option
  1. Your new live photo will be in your Photo Gallery. From here, you can set it as your live wallpaper or background on your device’s home or lock screen.

Never have boring wallpapers again

Live Photos can spice up your iPhone or iPad beyond standard, static wallpapers.

If you don’t want the pre-installed options, you can create Live Photos from videos or GIFs and customize your device in a fun, unique way.

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