How to Turn Off Live Photos on an iPhone 7

Last updated: March 8, 2019

Your iPhone 7’s camera has a feature that adds a small amount of movement to a picture when you first open it. This is an interesting way to add some additional life to a picture. But you may not like this, which can lead you to look for a way to turn it off.

Fortunately you can disable the Live Photo feature on your iPhone 7 by turning it off in the Camera app. You can then choose to keep it turned off by enabling an additional setting in the Camera app’s settings menu.

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How to Turn Off Live Photo on iPhone – Quick Summary

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select the Camera option.
  3. Choose the Preserve Settings option.
  4. Turn off the Live Photo option.
  5. Press the Home button to exit this menu.
  6. Open the Camera app.
  7. Tap the Live Photo button at the top of the screen to turn it off.

For additional information, including pictures for each step, continue to the section below.

How to Turn the Live Photos Off for an iPhone 7 and Keep Them Off

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. The result of completing this tutorial will be a Camera app where you are no longer taking Live Photos, and that setting will remain off until you choose to manually re-enable it later. This is accomplished by changing a setting in the Photos & Camera menu, as well as turning something off in the Camera app itself. Note that the menu that we are navigating to in the steps below will let you preserve or forget more settings, such as the camera mode.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open iphone settings

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Photos & Camera option.

open the photos and camera menu

Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Preserve Settings button.

preserve iphone camera settings

Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Live Photo to turn it on. This allows you to preserve the Live Photo setting in the Camera app. You can then press the Home button under the screen to close the Settings menu.

how to turn off live photos on an iphone 7

Step 5: Open the Camera app.

open the camera app

Step 6: Turn off the Live Photo option by pressing the circular button at the top of the screen. The Live Photo feature is turned off when that icon is white, as it is in the picture below.

live photo button iphone camera

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