The other day while sharing photos with a friend, I noticed as she scrolled through her Camera Roll that her Live Photos came alive as she swiped for just a 1/2 second or so. Upon testing my own, I found my own Live Photo previews not working. Even though I knew this was a feature, I never realized mine wasn’t working until that moment, but now it bothered me. Luckily, I was able to find a solution fairly easily.
I started out where I normally do when I have these kinds of problems. In this case, that meant I paid the Photos & Camera section a visit in Settings. After seeing there was no physical toggle or option for these small previews, I figured it had to be a Settings difference somewhere.
So I started going through the Settings app on her phone, my own, and my girlfriends (her Live Photo previews weren’t working either). This is when I came across a setting that was different on our iPhones compared to my friend’s.
If you find Live Photo previews not working, you most likely need to turn off the Reduce Motion feature.
Myself, like many others, don’t like the parallax effect that iOS 7 brought with it. For this reason, I’ve always used the Reduce Motion feature to counteract it. Unfortunately, that also seems to turn off the ability to view Live Photo previews correctly. If you want them back, you’ll have to turn off the Reduce Motion feature:
- Launch the Settings app.
- Tap on General.
- Choose Accessibility.
- Choose the option for Reduce Motion and turn it Off.
You should now be able to view Live Photo previews.
One other thing I noticed was that my friend’s phone showed the small circle on the thumbnail views if a photo was a Live Photo. For some reason, my iPhone does not show this. No idea why, and I haven’t been able to figure that one out.
If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them!