How to Change a Live Photo to Still on Mac Photos

Jan 30, 2017 - 4 Comments

Photos app icon in Mac OS X

If you use the Mac Photos app for managing your pictures and you have a modern iPhone, you’ll likely have some (or many) Live Photos stored in your photo library. You can easily change any Live Photo on the Mac from the video picture form back into a still photo, and it’s fairly easy as we’ll demonstrate.


We’ll show you how to change a live photo to a still photo, and also how to to re-enable a live photo that has been turned off on the Mac Photos app.

How to Change a Live Photo to Still in Photos for Mac

This turns live photo off for a selected picture in Photos for Mac:

  1. From Photos app on the Mac, open any Live Photo picture
  2. Right-click on the Live Photo and choose “Turn Live Photo Off”
  3. Repeat for other Live Photos as desired

Turn off Live Photo on Mac

You can also convert a Live Photo to still photo on the iPhone as well. If you find yourself toggling Live Photo off for many pictures you might want to just disable Live Photos on the iPhone camera to begin with to prevent them from being taken again in the future. You can always quickly turn the feature back on again easily to take a live photo if desired.

Turning a Live Photo On in Photos for Mac

If you decide you want to re-enable live photo for a specific picture, just repeat the same steps and choose to turn the feature on again:

  1. From any Live Photo picture opened within Photos on the Mac
  2. Right-click on the picture and choose “Turn Live Photo On”

Turn on Live Photo on Mac

You can confirm the Live Photo is working again by hovering over with the cursor to play the Live Photo

Mac Photos users can also select large groups of Live Photos and toggle their video playing ability off or on together, though it’s likely best to focus on one picture at a time unless you don’t particularly like the Live Photos feature in general.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Hiram says:

    can you please help me understand what is the easy way to erase a video from the new “TV” app….. it used to be quite simple in the “video” app…. but with this new one… the only way I have been able to delete is to got settings and delete from there…. which does not make sense… I am clearly missing something !!

  2. Bill says:

    How do I get the old iphotos into the new Photos?

  3. Roberta says:

    Is is possible to choose which frame of a Live Photo I want to become the still? Is it possible to edit a Live Photo into separate still photos so that each photo is of a different frame?

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