PhotosLive Tweak

Live Photos is a new iPhone 6s exclusive feature that breathes new life into static photography. It works by shoehorning the photo in between video captured just prior and just after the photo is taken. The resulting effect is a “live” photo that moves on your screen, lending context to the photo at hand.

The new 3D Touch feature is used to activate Live Photos in the Photos app, and doubtlessly the iPhone 6s and Live Photos were made with each other in mind. That said, it doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to have a similar iteration of Live Photos on older hardware, as has just been proven by a new Cydia tweak.

Elias Limneos, a well known tweak developer who has releases like CallBar and BioProtect under his belt, just released PhotosLive—an impressive rendition of Apple’s Live Photos for older jailbroken devices. The question is, how well does PhotosLive work?

When you install PhotosLive, you’ll need to open up the pop up box that first appears after reboot to download the license. Once you do, you can begin using the tweak.

Before you do that, though, head over to the Settings app in order to configure the PhotosLive’s preferences. Inside its preference panel, you’ll find a whole host of custom settings to configure the tweak to your personal liking.

You don’t necessarily have to mess with any of the settings, but you’ll find options for toggling PhotosLive, enabling a Retina Flash-inspired front facing flash, and additional miscellaneous settings. You can also adjust the video capture duration of PhotosLive.

To use PhotosLive, open the stock Camera app, and ensure that the PhotosLive toggle is enabled. Once it is, take a photo, and PhotosLive will automatically capture additional photos needed to provide you with an animated live photo.


The great thing about PhotosLive is that it feels native. You can even save Live photos to the Lock screen wallpaper, and touch-and-hold to animate, similar to how you can do with the iPhone 6s. PhotosLive photos will even sync in your library, and data is hardcoded in the JPEG photo itself (Apple’s version creates separate video files). You can even use PhotosLive with photo filters, and export photos as GIF animations for sharing.

Needless to say, it’s crazy impressive. I mean, the iPhone 6s just dropped today, and jailbreak users can already enjoy an extremely competent version of one of its headlining features. Regardless of what your stance on jailbreaking may be, you have to call a spade a spade and admit that’s impressive.

There are some differences with PhotosLive when compared to Apple’s official implementation. Most notable, Limneos is embedding additional JPEG frames inside of the original image. Apple’s implementation uses actual video. Both methods have their pluses and minuses, as you might imagine. For instance, with Apple’s version, users can hear sound when playing back Live Photos because it’s truly a video.

PhotosLive isn’t perfect, but it’s an awesome start, and it’s sure to make tons of people, those who haven’t updated to the latest and greatest, very happy. PhotosLive can be downloaded for $1.99 on the BigBoss repo, but you better act fast. The sale price is only for launch week, and thereafter, it’ll go up to the full $2.99 asking price.

What do you think about PhotosLive? How do you think it compares to Apple’s version?

  • Well this makes it only marginally easier to hold on on the upgrade. His Touch3D tweak would be perfect until I get sick of waiting.

  • Shaw

    Limneos is a man on fire…

  • Kurt

    Can anyone say gimmick?

  • aakun4

    This is awesome! It’s laughable how the hardware upgrades didn’t mean anything for live photos to work properly after all

  • Michael Pearlman

    QUESTION: when viewing the pictures taken with this tweak, the live motion before the picture stands still seems to be in hyper speed, and upon pressing the picture to see the motion it is in slower motion. Is there a way to not have the picture demo motion unless I hold down on it? And is there a way to set the speed at normal speed upon pressing it? Thanks

  • Tylor Jackson

    does PhotosLive support iPad!? cause i like it this PhotosLive tweak on iOS 8! 😀

    • M2

      Yes. I already purchased and have tested on iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iPhone 6 plus. No issues. Great tweak. Running 8.4 on all three.

  • Shingo

    would be great if anyone could port the originial ios9 photo live wallpaper to here…

  • Marciano Mulder

    I havent bought anything on cydia in a while and really wanted to buy this but now my paypal is asking for a credit card when in the past i could just use my debit card. Is this new? Because most people in The Netherlands don’t use a credit card including me. And is there a fix for this? With the app store i’m linked with click and buy.

    • I’v had that same misconception, but that page Paypal shows you is misleading. Just add funds with iDeal to your Paypal and you can purchase the tweak just fine. (I’m from NL too)

      • Marciano Mulder

        Thanks! I’ll check it later today 🙂

  • Funny that this Ancient Android feature got excluded to the 6ss…talk about planned obsolescence.

    • Marc

      First, the old android feature you are talking about is adding sound to a still picture, that’s not the same.
      second, all companies copy each others successfull add-ons. Like touch id that was perfected by apple and copied by android phones.
      you gonna have to live with that fact, or kill yourself if you can’t.

      • Troy

        True and I’m sure Samsung will add 3D Touch to their galaxy next year

      • suttonmontreal

        Yeah they will come up with S-Touch (copy, paste) like every other year from Apple

      • “First, the old android feature you are talking about is adding sound to a still picture, that’s not the same.”

        WhereTF did that numbskull assumption come from? Live interactive wall papers have been on Android devices since 2010 dude, turning a blind eye to the competition doesn’t make their past work vanish…do some googling before making such asinine assumptions.

        Second off, who’s denying the fact that they copy? You just keep making asinine assumptions and looking ignoramus. The fact that ancient features like this, which have been working on devices like the first Nexus since 2010 (http://bit. ly/1Mx1ucG), get excluded to the 6s is clearly planned obsolescence. But iSheeps are too blind to realise that…no surprise.

        Finally, playing the asinine bait switch game and jumping off topic just makes you look asinine trying to make a useless point that has nothing to do with the topic…

      • Marc

        Live wall papers, and taking a picture yourself is not the same. I might have missed some android features, so you are claiming that the nexus in 2010 had the ability to (using only your phone) take a picture, and using that same PICTURE to set it as a live wallpaper ? if that’s what you are saying, then yes, I have missed that feature and made dumb assumption, and you should stop reading here. if not, you are dumb as F*** for assuming that, and making those assumptions, relating live wallpapers, to taking live photos which the nexus could do in 2010.
        I am not an apple fanboy, I own an iphone 6 and a oneplus one and I like them both.
        however you clearly are an android lunatic, and my job is not to convince idiot fanboys like you, in fact idiot fanboys like you(androids or apple) are the dumbest blockheaded ignorant numbskull mammals that roamed this planet.

        What I’m trying to say, this feature is not excluded to the 6s. All my phones are either rooted or jailbroken, so even on my iphone 5 and maybe 4s, I had a live wallpaper. I would have been more then happy to continue this discussion with you but unfortunately I don’t engage with fanboys, for the obvious reasons listed above. I hope you enjoy hating on all future apple devices.

      • Dan

        please eliminate the word ignoramus from your vocabulary. Please instead, choose an alternative from this list – blockhead, bonehead, bungler, chuckle-head, clod, crackpot, cretin, dimwit, dolt, dullard, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fool, half-wit, idiot, imbecile, knuckle-head, lame-brain, loon, meathead, moron, nincompoop, nitwit, simpleton.

    • Cameron

      lol you are still alive finding faults with Apple…? Isnt the competition too far behind for you to be wasting your time here?

      • You are still alive sucking hard on Apple’s d!ck? Isn’t it beyond time you started thinking for yourself instead of being a loyal sheep to whatever brand and give credit/criticism where due?

      • Cameron

        Wow what irony, aren’t you loyal to solely coming here and criticising Apple? I mean you did give the off praise back in the day, but since the iPhone 6 when Apple started dominating, you are rarely here only to find some fault and then cry on it. Stop wasting your time, you are just salty now, I prefer the old you when you used that knowledge well. This “Funny that this Ancient Android feature got excluded to the 6s…talk about planned obsolescence.” and many of your recent comments, aren’t criticism where it’s due. It’s just butthurtness and saltiness.

      • Says the dude solely dedicated to defending everything Apple, ignoring the the competition (clearly shown again in your ignoramus “the competition is too far behind” statement), crediting Apple for what they didn’t do, and getting butthurt over statements that point out Apple’s wrong-doing…you’re probably expecting me to praise Apple’s force-touch/3D-touch buzz word, or their new iSurface, whereas they bring nothing new to the table for consumers. What was innovative was the new Apple TV software.

        Sorry to disappoint, never gonna be a mindless follower/hater like you. Will always have rational facts/logic to back-up my praises/criticism…wish you’d learn to do that, but that’s clearly asking for too much.

    • Since when can you animate your own photo to make it a wall paper on an android? Sure there are probably apps that will do it but I don’t see anywhere on an android that taking a live photo(short video) can be made a wallpaper.

      • Since Android was unveiled. There are multiple apps that have been offering the same thing on Android, one is called Vinyl Video Live wallpaper. Take a short video, set it as your wall paper.
        Just ’cause Apple copied and made it local in iOS doesn’t make it theirs, but don’t care about them copying, it’s a good thing to be finally catching up with the competition. What’s annoying is excluding such ancient features to new iDevices, that’s just outright planned obsolescence.

      • Oh okay. TBH I find it to be a gimmick and not a life changing feature. I have the tweak installed an it works.

  • Omerhay95

    It seems that when I play the video it doesn’t show what happened before but only what happened after the shot was taken.
    Can this be configured somehow?

  • for real? damn i updated to ios9 because i thought they won’t release these tweaks..

  • RubbaNeck

    I’m running 9.0.1 on 6s plus and my Live Photos do not animate when I peek nor do they animate when I scroll through my camera roll to give me a clue as to which ones are still photos.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Christopher Shaun

    The BIG difference in the tweak from the native 6S version is the delay in play back when touching the live photo. This is mainly seen by the blur effect created before playback begins. On the iPhone 6S there is no blur effect and the footage plays instantly.

  • ieatcalcium

    When I first read the description of the article I thought it said “breathes new life into pornography”

  • Shingo

    anyone could port ios live wallpaper for ios8 with this tweak installed?


  • William B.

    Iphone 4S crashes when i open the camera,