How to Post a Live Photo On Instagram

Do you have an iPhone or device that captures live photos?  If so, then you will already know that the…

Do you have an iPhone or device that captures live photos? 

If so, then you will already know that the benefit of these live photos is the added few seconds of motion, which add context to your photos and truly capture your memories and moments. 

But what happens when you go to post these live images on Instagram?

Going through the usual photo upload channel will allow you to share your photo; however, the few seconds that have been captured along with the photo itself are lost. 

Which is where this article comes in. Keep reading for our tips on ensuring that every second of your memories are captured and shared on Instagram for all your followers to see and enjoy.

How to Add Live Photos As a Video

This is an action that takes place away from Instagram, saving your live photo as a video and then going through the usual channels to upload a video to Instagram.

With the live photo open on your device, click on the menu button along the top of the screen and select ‘Save as Video’. Rather than requiring any extra action to unlock the full range of movement either side of the snapshot, this saves the full clip as a video.

On Instagram, you can now add the video to your page as you normally would. 

How to Add Live Photos As a Boomerang

  1. Open Instagram and head to your profile page. Select the plus sign in the square box along the top of the screen and click ‘Story’
  2. Any photo that is a live photo on your device will have a small infinity icon in the top corner. Select your chosen live photo
  3. On the edit screen, click on the infinity icon along the top of the screen. This turns your live photo into a Boomerang
  4. Share the Boomerang to your Instagram story

TOP TIP: If you’re more of a reel sharer than a Boomerang user, you will find that adding any live photo to your reel will automatically unlock the full range of motion in a short clip. This also adds the sound to accompany your live photo, whereas a Boomerang is silent. 

Did You Know That You Can Also “Go Live” On Instagram?

If you’ve read through this entire article hoping to find some information on “going live” as opposed to simply sharing pre-existing photos – then you’re in luck!

For countless users, when we talk about live photos on Instagram, we mean sharing an insight into what we are doing at that exact moment. 

And it couldn’t be easier for Instagram users to do this, even if you only manage your own small private account. 

To start your own live update for your Instagram feed, click on the plus sign in the square box at the top of your profile page and select ‘Live’.