[Full Guide] How to Convert Live Photos to Still Images on Mac

Apple introduced Live Photos when it launched iPhone 6S. This is a really cool feature that automatically records 3-scond videos (aka moving images) when users snap photos. While this feature is useful, it does have some drawbacks. For example, live photos take up lots of internal storage space because they also contain audio. Another annoying issue is trying to look at live photos because they are constantly moving. Fortunately, you can convert live photos to still images and we will show you how to do it.

How to Convert Live Photos to Still Images

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Even though converting live photos to still images might sound complicated, we assure you that this is not the case. You don’t need to use any special software or buy a third-party app. All you need is a Mac and to follow the steps below:

  1. Access the Photos app on your Mac;
  2. Select the arrow icon right next to Media Types (in the left sidebar);
  3. Click on Live Photos;
  4. Pick a photo that you want to convert (you can press the command key to select multiple photos);
  5. Next, right click and select the Turn Off Live Photo

Sidenote: If you ever want to convert the still image into a live photo, you can do it just by selecting the Turn On Live Photo option. It’s that simple!

Final Words

As you can see in the guide above, converting live photos to still images is not complicated on a Mac. If you don’t want to deal with live photos at all, you can always choose to disable the option directly on your iPhone. Doing this will help you preserve internal storage space. Nonetheless, let us know in the comments section if you managed to convert live photos to still images or if you any questions left unanswered.

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