Extracting An Image From Live Photos

Apple has had the Live Photos feature in iOS for a while now. I am not a big fan, but many of my friends and family really like it. To me, the best part of Live Photos is that it takes a bunch of little photos of your scene. It puts those images together showing motion, but you can use any of those images as your final photo if you wish. Here is how you do that.

Live Photos

If you open a Live Photo, it will say “Live” in the upper-left corner. To access all the nuanced versions of the image you have to go into “Edit” mode in the Photos App.

In “Edit” mode you can see the image versions. The thing to do is to go through each of these versions to see which one you prefer. When you find the one you like, just click on the “Make Key Photo” button directly above it.

Now when you look at this photo, your preferred version will display. What I would do is take it one step further. After setting up the preferred image, I would turn off the Live Photo effect altogether in the “Image” menu.

Then, you are left with a normal photo with the version of your choice.

You don’t have to do that last step. You can leave the image a Live Photo if you wish.


I think Live Photos are somewhat annoying. I guess they can show some type of movement in a photo if that is what you are looking for, though.