How to Turn Off Live Photos for a Static Image: A Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Turning off Live Photos on your iPhone is as easy as tapping a button. It’s a nifty little feature that captures 1.5 seconds of video before and after you take a picture. But, if you’re not a fan or just want a good ol’ static image, here’s a quick guide on how to disable it.

Step by Step Tutorial: Turning Off Live Photos for a Static Image

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re up to. Turning off Live Photos means your camera will capture a regular, still photo without any short video attached to it. This can save you some storage space and simplify your photo library.

Step 1: Open the Camera app

Open the Camera app on your iPhone. This is where all the magic happens.

When you open the Camera app, you’ll usually find the Live Photo icon (it looks like a set of concentric circles) at the top of the screen. If it’s yellow, Live Photos is on.

Step 2: Tap the Live Photos icon

Tap the Live Photos icon to turn it off. You’ll know it’s off when the icon turns white with a line through it.

When you tap the Live Photos icon and it turns white, this means you’ve successfully turned off the feature. Now, any photo you take will be a standard, still image—no motion included.

After you’ve turned off Live Photos, the camera will default to take still images until you decide to turn Live Photos back on. If you want to keep it off permanently, you’ll need to adjust your settings which we’ll cover in the tips section.

Tips for Managing Live Photos and Static Images

  • Remember, turning off Live Photos is not permanent; the next time you open the Camera app, Live Photos will be turned back on.
  • If you want to keep Live Photos off permanently, go to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings and turn on the toggle for Live Photos.
  • Live Photos can take up more space than a regular photo, so turning it off can save you some storage.
  • If you’ve already taken a Live Photo but want to convert it to a static image, you can do so by editing the photo and choosing ‘Frame’ to select a single frame to save.
  • Live Photos can be fun for capturing moments with movement and sound, but for those times you need a quick, clutter-free photo, turning it off is the way to go.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does turning off Live Photos affect the quality of my images?

No, turning off Live Photos does not affect the quality of your images. It merely stops the recording of motion and sound.

Can I turn off Live Photos permanently?

Yes, you can set your Camera settings to preserve the last mode you used, including having Live Photos turned off. Just go to Settings > Camera > Preserve Settings.

What happens to the Live Photos I have already taken?

Live Photos you’ve already taken will remain as they are. Turning off the feature only affects new photos you take.

Can I extract a still photo from a Live Photo I’ve already taken?

Absolutely! You can select a frame from a Live Photo to save as a static image.

If I share a Live Photo, will the recipient see it move?

If the recipient’s device supports Live Photos and you’ve shared the photo using a method that supports the feature, like via iMessage, then yes, they’ll see it move.


  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the Live Photos icon to turn it off.


So there you have it, folks, a straightforward guide on how to turn off Live Photos for a static image. Whether you’re looking to save some storage space, or you prefer the simplicity of a still photo, it’s just a tap away. Remember, the beauty of technology is that it’s there to fit your preferences and lifestyle. If Live Photos isn’t your cup of tea, disabling it is a breeze. And if you ever change your mind, flipping it back on is just as easy. Keep snapping those memories, static or not, because at the end of the day, it’s the moments captured that count.