Apple's Live Photos feature for the iPhone 6s isn't exactly a movie or a still image: it's a mixture of both. And until app developers build support for Live Photos in their apps, you can exploit that JPG-and-MOV-combination in order to share your Live Photos to the world in gif or movie form. Here's how to do it!

Luckily, if you have a computer and Lightning cable nearby, it's pretty easy to turn a Live Photo into a bonafide Instagram video or gif. Here's what you need to do.

How to turn a Live Photo into a gif

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac via its Lightning-to-USB cable.

  2. Open Image Capture.
  3. Each Live Photo is saved as a JPEG and a MOV file. Select the MOV files of the Live Photo you want to transform and download them to your Desktop.

  4. Open the MOV file in your GIF-creator of choice. (I love GifBrewery, personally, but there are plenty of free gif-making services on the web.)

How to share a Live Photo to Instagram

Unlike Facebook, Instagram doesn't yet support native Live Photos. So, a GIF is a great alternative.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the previous how-to, but don't use gif-making software.
  2. Open AirDrop on both your Mac and iPhone. (If you don't know how to use AirDrop, here's a quick primer.)
  3. AirDrop the MOV video(s) you want to share from your Mac to your iPhone.

  4. The Live Photo will now show up as a video in the Photos app. Open Instagram and do with it what you will!

Questions? Comments?

Found a better way of sharing and giffing Live Photos than this work-around? Let us know in the comments.