Live Photos iPhone 6s

Even though older iPhone models cannot shoot Live Photos, any iOS device running iOS 9 or later can actually see these Live Photos, assuming they were sent in one of the only three ways to share them while preserving the live aspect. In this post, we’ll show you how to see these Live Photos on your device.

How can you tell if it’s a Live Photo?

You can quickly tell Live Photos apart from normal photos as they all have what seems to be a bullseye icon in the upper left corner, as seen on the image below. Note that if the photo is saved to your Camera roll, that bullseye icon appears briefly before disappearing.

Live Photos on older devices

How to view Live Photos on older iPhone or iPad

Viewing a Live Photo on an iPhone 7 is simple as all it requires is a bit of software and hardware magic, thanks to 3D Touch, but how does it work on devices that do not have 3D Touch? It’s just as simple!

When receiving a Live Photo via AirDrop or in a Shared Photo Album, simply tap and hold your finger on it. The photo will then come to life, showing 1.5 second of live footage before and after the actual shot.

If you were sent a Live Photo via Messages, you will first have to tap on the photo thumbnail in your conversation, then tap and hold on the full image to see it animate.

It’s nice Apple didn’t lock in this feature to newer iPhone models only, and that everybody can actually see Live Photos, even though only people with newer devices are capable of shooting these photos to begin with.

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  • Mohammed Burn

    can we pot them as wallpapers in older devices

    • Shakur Ali

      Yes u can safe it as wallpaper then press on the wallpaper

    • You can use them as a wallpaper, but you can’t use them as a live wallpaper. It will just be a still image

    • Diego

      Use the tweak called PhotosLive if you are on 8.4

  • besrate hogsa

    don’t need it useless crap

  • Gary

    Am I the only one who can’t view the “live logo” when scrolling through my camera roll?

    • Do you mean on your iPhone 6s? If so, that icon only appears when you either Edit, or Share the photo. The only way to tell without editing or sharing is that when you scroll through each photo individually, Live Photos will briefly animate.

      On older devices, as I mentioned in this post, the icon only appears for a short period of time when browsing through photos.

      • Gary

        Oh understood. Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking the logo appears on the 6s too. On a side note, the picture only animates briefly IF you have reduce motion off (i hope they change this in the future).

  • therealjjohnson

    Sooo why exactly isn’t this a feature in iOS 9 in general? I don’t need to 6S to use the camera.

    • besrate hogsa

      Because Apple cares only about MONEY they don’t care about their CUSTOMERS

    • JayDee917

      Money > Everything else

    • John

      When ios9 is jailbroken, this feature will be available. A tweak will definatly be made to unlock this for other iPhones. Guaranteed.

      • besrate hogsa

        That is for sure
        there will be an ios 9.0.2 jailbreak in october