How to Loop a Live Photo as a Photo, GIF, and Video with Audio

Last Updated: Apr. 19, 2022

Live photo is a creative camera feature on iPhone that brings your photo memories to life. By recording two 1.5-second videos before and after you take a picture, a live photo gives you a second chance to enjoy both the live scene and ambient sound as you tap a live photo.

In this post, we will walk you through how to loop a live photo like a GIF in 3 different ways. So, you don’t need to long-press a live photo to enjoy a 3-second video and can easily share a looping live photo with sound on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Let’s rock and roll, now!

Here is what you will learn:

How to Directly Loop a Live Photo on iPhone

If you only want to loop a live photo and enjoy it yourself on your iPhone, then the Live Photo’s built-in looping feature will fit your needs perfectly.

Step 1
Open the “Photos” App and Select the “Albums” Tab
Step 2
Find a Live Photo: Scroll down to Media Types > select the “Live Photos” > find a Live Photo to be turned into a loop.
Select a live photo on iPhone

Select a live photo on iPhone

Step 3
Make a Live Photo Loop: Tap a Live Photo to open it > press the “Live” circle icon > follow the scroll-down menu and select “Loop”. Then your Live Photo will loop automatically every time you open it. If you don’t need to loop the Live Photo, you can resume the “Live” mode by tapping the “Live” selection.
Add a looping effect to a live photo on iPhone

Add a looping effect to a live photo on iPhone

How to Loop a Live Photo Online as a Looping GIF and Video with Music

Well, nothing brings you more joy than sharing your Live Photo memories with friends on Facebook and Instagram, etc. To do so, you need to make a Live Photo loop as either a looping GIF or a looping video. A great workaround is using FlexClip, a free and versatile online video maker. No software download and experience are needed.

Loop a Live Photo online by FlexClip

Loop a Live Photo online by FlexClip

Step 1: Save a Live Photo to a Video

Open a Live Photo > hit the “Share” button on the left bottom corner > scroll down to tap “Save as Video”. Then the Live Photo will be saved as a MOV video with audio on your iPhone.

Save a live photo as a video on iPhone

Save a live photo as a video on iPhone

Step 2: Upload the Live Photo Video to FlexClip

Access FlexClip online video editor > click “upload from Phone” > scan the QR code to upload your Live Photo to FlexClip’s media library.

Scan the QR code and upload the Live Photo video from your phone to FlexClip

Scan the QR code and upload the Live Photo video from your phone to FlexClip

Step 3: Match Your Live Photo Video with Right Aspect Ratio

Check “… More” tab on the left button menu > select 4:5 or 9:16 to match a vertical Live Photo video while the default aspect ratio would be 16:9 in FlexClip. Then add your Live Photo video to the storyboard.

Set the right aspect ratio for the Live Photo

Set the right aspect ratio for the Live Photo

Step 4: Spice up Your Live Photo (Optional)

You may add animated texts, chic elements, or filters to add a personal flair to your Live Photo. All the fonts, color schemes, motions, and styles are fully-customizable.

Spice up the Live Photo with animated texts, and other elements.

Spice up the Live Photo with animated texts, and other elements.

Step 5: Export the Live Photo As a Looping GIF

Hit the “Export” button, then you can select GIF to export the Live Photo as an animated loop GIF on your local PC or you can save it to Google Drive or Dropbox, even get a clickable link or embed code for blogging.

Export the Live Photo as a looping GIF

Export the Live Photo as a looping GIF

Here is the resulting looping Live Photo from the example:

Loop a Live Photo as a GIF by FlexClp

Bonus Tips: How to Loop the Live Photo as a Looping Video with Music
You may also export the Live Photo as a looping video. All you need to do is duplicate one Live Photo video many times and add royalty-free music or sound effects from the “Music” tab and export it as a looping MP4 video. Marvelous. Then, you can post it easily on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Duplicated Live Photo videos, add music, and export it as a looping video

Duplicated Live Photo videos, add music, and export it as a looping video

How to Loop a Live Photo with a Free Third-party App

Well, another viable option to loop a Live Photo on your iPhone is to use a free third-party app called Live Converter. It can help you loop a Live Photo as a GIF or save it as a video. However, the only drawback is that you can’t create a looping video, and there is no text or free music available.

How to loop a Live Photo by Live Converter

How to loop a Live Photo by Live Converter

Step 1
Install and Open Live Converter on Your iPhone.
Step 2
Tap a Live Photo > Tap the “Save” Button > Choose to Save the Live Photo as a GIF or Video in the Photo Album.

Now, It's Your Move

Hopefully, you find our 3 recommended ways to loop a Live Photo helpful. So, which way works best for you to loop a Live Photo? Share this post on Facebook and leave your comment and tag us. We are looking forward to hearing your feedback.

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