How to pick the perfect frame on iPhone Live Photos


Live Photos are magical.
Live Photos are magical.
Photo: Apple

The iPhone’s Live Photos feature is one of the funnest innovations Apple’s brought to photography. There’s just one annoying problem with the moving pictures: you can’t choose which frame it uses for the final image.

Thanks to a third-party app there’s finally a way to do just that, making Live Photos more versatile than ever.

First, you’ll need to download Google’s Motion Stills app. iPhone owners have been able to use the app to turn Live Photos into GIFs for months. A new update for Motion Stills now lets you pluck the perfect frame and then export the image as a live photo.

Once you’ve installed Motion Stills follow these steps:

1 – Open the app and tap the Live Photo you want to edit.
2 – Press the export button with an right arrow.
3 – Select Export Live Photo
4 – Move the slider to the frame you want to select
5 – Tap the Check button
6 – Motion Stills will then export the Live Photo to your Camera Roll

google motion stills
Move the slider to pick the perfect frame.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Live Photos can then be edited in other apps. You can also use Motion Stills to create a video of your Live Photos and share them on sites like Facebook and Instagram.


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  • duncanator

    Interesting. Live photos was one of the first things I disabled on my iPhone.

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  • KMay

    Actually I love the spontaneous play back of the Live Photos! Knowing how to capture a better part of that motion sounds great to me. Thanks!