How To View iPhone 6s Live Photos On Older iOS Devices


Here's how you can view Live Photos taken from iPhone 6s on an older iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


Live Photos is a neat little addition to the iPhone lineup. Instead of making do with the usual photograph which we've been snapping on our smartphones for many years, Live Photos adds a whole new dimension to the proceedings by recording a small video alongside taking the snap itself. And while Live Photos is a feature that is exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but did you know that you can actually view Live Photos on an older device other than the iPhone 6s? We'll show you how it's done.

View iPhone 6s Live Photos On Older iOS Devices

1. Provided that you've received a Live Photo via Message, Mail or AirDrop, simply open up the image to bring it in full-screen view. It's easy to identify if you've received a Live Photo; simply look for a little dartboard like icon on the top left hand corner of the thumbnail of the image.

2. Now simply tap and hold on the display and the image would animate like it would on an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

And just like that, you're able to view Live Photos taken using an iPhone 6s on an older iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Simple wasn't it?

Keep one thing in mind if you're going to view Live Photos on your iOS device; iOS 9 is a strict requirement, and without it, you cannot view Live Photos at all. So be sure to check that requirement box before diving into the world of Live Photos.

We really, really wish Apple had brought Live Photos to at least some iOS devices, such as the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus. It makes sense for the feature to be an iPhone 6s exclusive though, after all, the company does want to differentiate its new smartphones from the old ones. And keeping Live Photos exclusive to the iPhone 6s was one way to do it.

Live Photos is an awesome feature to have, but at times, you'd want to do without it for one reason or the other. And if you're looking for a way how you can disable Live Photos or convert one into a still image then be sure to check out the following posts: