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How to Take and Post Live Photos on Instagram? 

The introduction of the live photos feature in iPhones has taken our love for it to another level. Social media growth services as well as marketing platforms like Facebook and Twitter showed they would be interested to use this feature. Instagram users were a bit disappointed as they had to wait for this feature to become available. Now that we finally have this feature for Instagram, many users don’t know how to use it. Today, we will guide you about how you can take and post live photos on Instagram. 

What are Live Photos?

After seeing some live photos on social media platforms, you might consider them as short videos. However, that is not the exact definition of live photos. These are animated photos of around 12-megapixels (when captured by the rear camera of an iPhone). The animation duration is no more than 1.5 seconds, which is why live photos look like both videos and images. In other words, you can call them moving photos that give a clearer context to the viewers.

How to Take Live Photos?

The live photos feature is only available in newer iPhones (iPhone 6S and onwards). If you are an Android user, then don’t worry because we’ll guide you on how you can take live photos on Android phones. So keep on reading! 

In the case of iPhone users, you have to perform the following steps:

  • Open the Camera App.
  • Tap the eye-like icon at the top of the screen to enable live photos.
  • Hold your phone still and focus on the object you want to capture.
  • Tap the shutter once and it will automatically take a live photo of that object. 

Things to Consider For Better Photos

  • Make sure the lens of your mobile camera is clean.
  • Keep your mobile still to capture a clear live photo.
  • It records the audio too, so keep that in mind while clicking the photo.
  • Use the rear camera for a high-quality live photo. 

How to Take Live Photos on Android?

Over 2.5 billion Android users are there in the world, but sadly, there are no leaks about when they can see the live photos feature on their phones. The first option is you have to wait for this feature to become available on your Android device. The other option is downloading a third-party app from Google Play Store. We recommend “Camera MX – Photo & Video Camera.” You can try this out to see if it works for you. 

How to Take Quality Live Photos? 

To ensure that you click the best quality live photos, you have to consider:

  1. Try to keep your phone as still as possible.
  2. Make sure there is enough light for a clear photo.
  3. You should prefer taking photos in a landscape position to catch a wider view.
  4. Make sure the surrounding is not noisy.
  5. The object should be showing some movement. 

How to Post Live Photos on Instagram?

Now that you understand how to take live photos, let’s guide you on how to post live photos on Instagram. As of 2021, you have 2 options to post live photos on Instagram. The first one is “Instagram Story,” and the other one is “Instagram Video Upload.” Let’s dig into the details to know how both of these features work. 

Instagram Story

Over 500 million people utilize Instagram Stories for followers growth and increase engagement every day. Unlike lengthy Instagram Posts, Instagram Stories are quick to watch because they have pictures and short videos. Thus, you can consider it the best way to upload live photos. Here is how you can upload live photos in your Instagram Story: 

  1. Open your Instagram app and log in to your account.
  2. At the top-left corner of the screen, you’ll see a camera icon. Tap it to open the Instagram Stories section.
  3. Scroll the list at the bottom menu until you see Boomerang. Tap it.
  4. Tap on a white circular button to upload your live photo.
  5. Tap on edit if you want to edit the photo.
  6. It will ask you to share either as Your Story or with Close Friends. Select any of the two.
  7. Tap Send To to let your Instagram followers see your live photo. 

Instagram Video Upload

If you don’t want to upload your live photo to Instagram Stories, you can try this option. It is also an easy process that requires the following few steps:

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and select your live photo.
  2. Look for the Save as Video option to save that photo as a video.
  3. Now open your Instagram and tap on the plus sign button at the bottom-middle of the screen.
  4. Tap the photo that you saved as a video a few seconds ago.
  5. Tap Next and write a catchy caption for your live photo.
  6. Tap on the Share button at the top-right corner of the screen.
  7. Boom! Your live photo is live on your Instagram account. 

Bonus Method

We recommend both methods that we discussed above. However, there is also a third method that you can use to post live photos on Instagram. We are talking about the GIFs option. Yes, you can upload your live photo on Instagram in the form of GIFs. Why we don’t recommend this method is because it changes the type of photo from a live photo to a GIF. It will kill the actual beauty that you captured in your live photo. Also, you will have to use apps like Lively or Motion Stills to convert a live photo into a GIF. 

Bottom Line

There you have it, a detailed guide about how to take and post live photos on Instagram. The world is full of Android users in comparison to IOS users. It is because Android devices are affordable when you compare them with IOS. However, Android developers are slow when it comes to bringing new features to their devices. Today, Instagram users love taking and posting live photos on Instagram. This feature is available to those who have iPhones. It means Android users will have to use third-party apps for taking live photos. Anyways, all we can do is wait for this feature to be introduced in Android phones and tablets. That’s all we got for you today. Have you ever taken a live photo from your iPhone? Do share your experience in the comments below. We’ll see you with a new topic. Till Then, Be Sound!

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