By: Nick Gambino

3 months ago Apple released the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and with it Live Photos. It wasn’t immediate but now social media platforms like Facebook are adding support for Live Photos.


This new feature allowed you to view 1.5 seconds of video and audio before and after a still photo is taken, thus bringing the photo to life in playback.

Upon release it seemed as though Live Photos were going to be a bigger deal than they ended up being. I expected to start seeing them everywhere but they kind of just became this thing you can look at on your phone if you wanted to.

Now with added support by Facebook and Tumblr (which just added support a couple weeks ago) maybe Live Photos will finally get its desired screen time.

iOS users can take advantage of this feature through the Facebook app. The process is as simple as adding a regular still photo to the social media platform. In fact, it’s pretty much the same thing. To upload it as a Live Photo though you only need to tap the “Live” box that shows up in the bottom right corner when uploading a Live-enabled photo from your camera roll.

Obviously though if you don’t want to upload the Live Photo version of that photo just don’t tap “Live” and the still photo will upload like normal. Now, you’ll have to select “Live” each time you want to upload a Live Photo. There is no blanket setting that will do it every time automatically. That’s probably a good thing so you can avoid accidentally posting something you don’t want to make public.


Now to view Live Photos on Facebook you’ll need to be running iOS 9, so Android users, etc. won’t be able to view this feature. But for those lucky enough to have iOS you’ll be able to view the Live Photo by tapping and holding the photo. Live Photos are indicated on Facebook by the concentric circles that appear in the bottom right of the still.

Before you get too excited though, Facebook is rolling this out slowly. Maybe they’re testing the waters because not every iOS user has support just yet. Random people will start seeing support pop up but others will have to wait until at least the beginning of 2016.

With added support by social media king, Facebook, I think it’s safe to say Live Photos are about to be given new life.


Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch.  He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.


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