If the iOS 10.2 beta is any indication, Apple thinks every iPhone pic we take should be a Live Photo. Live Photo is on by default and reactivates itself every time you launch the Camera app, but there is a way to force it to stay off. Read on to learn how.
The problem is that Live Photo in iOS 10.2 auto-activates every time you launch the camera app, so you need to disable it each time if you want to snap non-moving photos. That’s kind of annoying because it adds an extra tap that could be the difference between catching and missing that perfect shot.
Here’s how to disable the Live Photo feature from auto-activating in iOS 10.2:
- Tap Settings
- Tap Photos & Camera
- Choose Preserve Settings
- Enable Live Photo
Here’s the deal: The Live Photo setting is a little confusing because enabling it feels like you’re saying “Always leave Live Photo enabled when I launch the Camera app.” What you’re really saying is “Honor whatever Live Photo setting I chose the last time I used the Camera app.”
That means if you have Live Photo enabled in Preserve Settings, and you turn off Live Photo in the Camera app, it’ll stay off until you enable it again.