Apple has a really cool Live Photo feature that brings your still photos to life by recording a short snippet in order to capture the best frame. Today all our photos are upload and stored on Facebook, but what about live photos? Live Photos use a weird ".HEIC" file and aren't accepted on lots of websites or applications. The best way to get a live photo on Facebook is by converting it either to a GIF or a video before trying to post, and in this guide I'll show you how to do that for free.

  1. Pick a Live Photo
  2. Record your screen while viewing Live Photo
  3. Upload recording to Kapwing & Export
  4. Post to FB

1. Pick a Live Photo

For this example, I'm going to use this picture of my friend walking I took a while ago. Make sure you know how to view the full segment of the live photo. Here's the key photo saved to my camera roll on the left, and the full Live Photo segment on the right:

2. Record Your Screen While Viewing Live Photo

Make sure you have the screen recording widget inside of your Control Center. Head to your Live Photo and screen record while holding down on the screen to view the whole photo. Stop recording, and find the video in your Photos. Though you could pause here and send the video to your computer, I'm going to do the whole thing on my phone to show you how easy Kapwing makes it.

3. Upload Recording to Kapwing & Export

Open up the Kapwing Studio and upload your screen recording. Once your video is upload, you'll need to make little edits like cropping the top and bottom out and trimming the video to only be of the full live photo. Make these by clicking on the video and tapping 'edit video' to get into the editing panel. You'll notice Kapwing also has wide editing capabilities from erasing backgrounds to overlaying gifs, take some time to explore the power of the studio if you haven't before.

Once you're done with the editing portion, we're ready to export! Find the settings tap on the top right (you'll need to scroll to get there if you're on a phone), and make sure your recording is going to export as a GIF, or export it as an MP4 from the same screen. Hit the big red "Publish" button and voila!

4. Post to FB

Once you've got your final export from Kapwing, just go to and post it wherever you want to! Facebook will easily accept both the GIF or mp4 formats, so you're good to go either way. You've successfully posted a live photo to Facebook using Kapwing to convert and edit it.

Kapwing makes all sorts of super simple content editing tools, and all for free! Check some other tutorials out:

Thanks for reading!

Devan Sood