How to Use FaceTime’s Live Photos fea­ture

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Turn on FaceTime

Check that FaceTime is en­abled on your de­vice. On iOS, go to Set­tings > FaceTime and make sure the switch at the top of the page is on. On a Mac, open the FaceTime app, and sign in with your Ap­ple ID.

Live Photos on iOS

If you want to en­able some­one to take a Live Photo of you dur­ing a FaceTime video call, go to Set­tings > FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad, then switch on the FaceTime Live Photos op­tion near the bot­tom of the page.

Live Photos on Mac

To do the same on a Mac, open the FaceTime app, then choose FaceTime > Pref­er­ences, click the Set­tings tab, and put a check mark in the box next to “Al­low Live Photos to be cap­tured dur­ing Video calls.”

Make a FaceTime call

To start a FaceTime video call with some­one on Mac or iOS, open the FaceTime app, go to its Video tab, and ei­ther tap/click a con­tact in the re­cent calls list, or choose an­other con­tact by us­ing the + but­ton.

The Cam­era but­ton

Once the call con­nects and you can see the other per­son, tap the screen and look for the shut­ter but­ton, to the left of the red one. If you don’t see that but­ton, the other per­son needs to en­able Live Photos (see step 1).

Take a Live Photo

When you’re ready to take a Live Photo, tap the shut­ter but­ton. The im­age will be au­to­mat­i­cally saved in your Photos li­brary, on which­ever de­vice you're us­ing. Open the Photos app and look for re­cently taken photos.

Live Photo no­ti­fi­ca­tions

Ev­ery time you take a Live Photo dur­ing a FaceTime video call, the other per­son sees a mes­sage on their screen that says “A FaceTime Live Photo of you was taken.” This en­sures Live Photos can’t be taken in se­cret.

Dis­able Live Photos

Dis­abling Live Photos in FaceTime is as sim­ple as en­abling them. On iOS, open Set­tings > FaceTime, and tog­gle the FaceTime Live Photos switch off. Find the equiv­a­lent set­ting on Mac in the FaceTime app’s pref­er­ences.

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