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How to Enable “Live Photos” on older iPhone Models

Buying the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus just for the “Live Photos” feature is probably not a good idea, unless you had planned on upgrading anyway. Why? Because you can use very similar implementations of the “Live Photos” feature on any iPhone that is currently out there. Check out our little trick on the subject matter, which will allow you to enable “Live Photos” on your older iPhone within minutes.

Prerequisite: For this trick to work, you will require iOS 9.0 and later, because the app we will use to supplement the missing feature only runs on current versions of iOS. If your device is not compatible with the iOS 9 upgrade, which means that you will need an iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 6 or 6s for the app.

The app we will be using for this trick is called “Live Pictures Cam” and it’s available for $1.99 in the iTunes App Store. Download the app from here:

Creating Live Photos

Upon the first launch of the app, you will have to allow it to access your camera and microphone. Otherwise, you won’t be able to take pictures (Live Photos include sound). The camera view will open up automatically and you will be able to swap cameras, access flash settings for your LED flash and configure settings via the little cogwheel icon.

To take a Live Photo, simply tap the Shutter Button just as you would using the regular app. Make sure to keep the camera very steady, in order to get the best result you should refrain from moving it around too much. The newly created image/video will be saved to your “Photos” app automatically.

Viewing Live Photos

Go to your “Photos” app, then tap and hold one of your “Live Photos”. It should come to life with the full range of its animation.

Changing Live Photo settings

By tapping the cogwheel icon, we can adjust several types of settings which will have an impact on the final “Live Photo”. These adjustments actually offer more flexibility than the official feature by Apple and give you some creative wiggle room. Let’s go over them one by one:

  • “Take photo”: You can choose whether the app should record before you tap the shutter button, or after the fact. The former option behaves like the original feature, while the latter might be useful if you find that your shots are too shaky.
  • “Clip length”: We can pick any duration from the list of options, which span 3, 4, 5, and 8 seconds. Note that longer clip length also results in bigger file size.
  • “Clip frame rate”: The so-called frame rate governs how smooth your shot will look. Note that this setting also affects the end file size.
  • “Record Sound”: Self-explanatory, governs whether your “Live Photo” should contain sound captured via the mic or not.

Tap “Done” when you are ready to return to the recording mode of the app.