How to Get Live Photos on Older iPhones

One of the best features that come in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is Live Photos. The feature records a 1.5-second video before you click a photograph and you can view the playback with 3D touch. If you are using an older version of iPhone you don’t have to worry about as there is a jailbreak tweak called PhotosLive and intentions to bring Live Photos to unsupported iOS 8 phones. So it doesn’t matter if you have an older iPhone but you need to have it upgraded to iOS 8.

To begin with you need to open the stock Camera application and you will see a yellow label with ‘Live’ written on the camera feed, this shows that PhotosLive is enabled. If you don’t see this label, then tap on PhotosLive icon situated next to the ‘HDR’ and toggle it on. Now as you click a picture, the tweak will take the JPEG frames with the picture and will be automatically enabled to be animated.

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In order to see the Live Photo, go to your camera roll and go to preview. Photos that have been clicked with tweak enabled will have a ‘Live’ label on them. As you tap and hold the picture you will be able to see a live animation of the picture. Although you will be able to view the live animation but you will not be able to listen to the audio sound as the tweak uses JPEG frames whereas Apple uses Live Photo application that uses video.

A wonderful thing about PhotosLive is that it feels natural. You can save Live photos to the Lock screen wallpaper and touch-and-hold to animate, this is how it is done in the iPhone 6s as well. PhotosLive photos will also sync in your photo library. You can share photos with PhotosLive as GIF animations and also use it with photo filters.

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The tweak comes with different choices panel which is accessible from Settings. There are features where you can enable or disable flash if you are taking a selfie in the dark and lighten up your face, you can also select the duration of the animation you want, the gesture which starts the Live Photo animation and many others.

It is remarkable to see how fast the jailbreak community is porting all the new features to iOS older devices. The older users of iPhones can enjoy the feature without having to spend so much. PhotosLive is very near to being exact to Live Photos and is the best way to experience Live Photos on your old phone which does not support this feature.

PhotosLive may not be perfect as compared to Live Photos of Apple but for a start, it is tremendous and is definitely going to make users smile.

If you really want to have this feature enabled on your iPhone you can purchase PhotosLive from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.99 but make sure you purchase fast as it is likely to go up for $2.99.