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How to turn off Live Photos on iPhone

Are you fed up with accidentally taking Live Photos? Or have you noticed your live photos are taking up too much storage on your iPhone? This guide will help you turn off the feature in a few easy steps.

You can either temporarily turn off Live Photos on your iPhone or you can disable the feature entirely. Read on to find out how to both temporarily and permanently turn off the live photos feature on your iPhone.

What you’ll need:

  • An iPhone 6s or later

The short version:

  • Open the Camera app
  • Tap the Live Photos icon
  • To turn off live photos permanently, go to your iPhone’s Settings
  • Tap Camera
  • Tap Preserve Settings
  • Turn off Live Photo
  1. Step

    Open the Camera app

    To temporarily turn off live photos, start by opening up the Camera app.
    iPhone Home Screen with camera app highlighted

  2. Step

    Tap the Live Photos icon

    This is the icon in the top right corner of the Camera screen. As shown here, the icon shows that live photo is turned on. Simply tap this icon and it’ll display a slash across the icon, indicating the feature has been switched off.
    iPhone Camera app with Live Photos icon highlighted

  3. Step

    To turn off live photos permanently, go to your iPhone’s Settings

    If you know you rarely use live photos and want a more permanent fix, visit your iPhone’s Settings.
    iPhone Home Screen with Settings app highlighted

  4. Step

    Tap Camera

    Scroll down until you find the Camera option, which is about halfway through the list of options.
    iPhone Settings app with Camera option highlighted

  5. Step

    Tap Preserve Settings

    Towards the top of the listed options you’ll see Preserve Settings. Tap this. 
    iPhone Camera Settings page with Preserve Settings highlighted

  6. Step

    Turn off Live Photo

    The last option on the list, tap the toggle off next to Live Photo. This will preserve the live photo setting rather than automatically reset your camera to have Live Photo turned on. When you return to the camera app, you should check the live photo icon to make sure it’s off. 
    Preserve Settings from Camera Settings on iPhone with Live Photo toggle highlighted


I’ve permanently turned off Live Photo but my camera still takes live photos, why is this?

Check the live photo icon at the top right corner. If there’s not a slash through the icon, then the option is still switched on. Simply tap the icon and you should see a slash appear across it.

As long as you’ve correctly turned off the Live Photo toggle in Preserve Settings, this should now save for the future.

Can I turn on Live Photos sometimes?

Yes. The live photos icon will always remain in the top right corner of your camera app, so you can turn it on and off whenever you like.

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