How To Disable Live Photos On iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

Congratulations on your new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus! You’ve probably figured out all the tricks and have been taking tons of new photos with the iPhone’s new 12-megapixel camera. You’ve probably even taken a few Live Photos.

What are Live Photos?

Live Photos capture the moments right before and right after you take a photo. They’re stored just like a photo in your iPhone’s Photo Library, but once you press anywhere on the photo, it comes to life right on your screen—complete with movement and sound of that moment.

It’s not really a video, it’s not an animated GIF; it’s a Live Photo.

Live Photos are beautiful and awesome, but they’re also bigger (nearly twice as large) than normal photos. If you’re not careful, they’ll quickly eat up your new iPhone’s storage. You may want to consider disabling Live Photos for everyday still photography to save storage space, lengthen your iPhone’s battery life, and even improve the camera’s low-light performance.

Here’s how to disable Live Photos on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus:

Turn off Live Photos

1. Tap your iPhone’s camera app

2. Tap the Live Photos icon at the top of your screen to turn off Live Photos


Live Photos turned off.


Live Photos turned on

That’s it! Now, when you take a photo, it’s a perfectly still photo. All of your previous Live Photos are still in your Photo Library, ready to be used on your Lock Screen and shared. If you want to turn Live Photos back on, just launch your camera, and tap the Live Photos icon again.

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