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Unique way to set a video from the camera roll as a lock screen live wallpaper on an iPhone.



iPhones starting from the 6S have a neat camera feature vaguely named as ‘Live Photos’ by Apple. With Live photos, your iPhone’s camera captures the image a few seconds before you tap the shutter and continues to capture it a few seconds after. The end result is something like a moving image.

Albeit, I confess that I have never been really able to understand the difference between a video and a live photo. The only difference I and many other users notice is the way the live photo is made ‘live’ or played. If you 3D Touch or long press on a live photo the photo starts to play as if it were a video and as soon you lift your finger off the screen, the video stops. For a video, all you have to do is tap on the play button and wait for the video to get over or interact with it. And yeah, you can lift your finger in the meantime.

Live photos have a ‘.mov’ file extension. This alone could be a proof that live photos are videos. Although, live photos have a stunning alternate use. They can be used as live wallpapers. Even though you are allowed to set a live wallpaper on your iPhone, it’s only functional as a live wallpaper on the lock screen. As soon as you boot into your springboard, aka the home screen, the live wallpaper turns into the thumbnail that it features in the photos app.

Jump directly to the steps:

Now, the thing with Apple is that you don’t get much customizability with its devices. You can’t set a video as a live wallpaper and there aren’t many resources on the internet that provide good quality live photos readymade.

Also, until now there weren’t any easy ways to convert a video into a live photo. But, I’ll show you how to do that in a rather easy and unique way.

This process involves converting a video into a GIF first and then convert them to a live photo.


Setting the App:

After you’ve installed Giphy for iOS, you’ll have to sign in to the app using an account. If you have a Facebook account, that’ll do as well.

Converting the video to a GIF:

  1. Tap on the little ‘upload’ arrow on the top.
  2. Now, based on your liking, you can choose to capture a video or select it from the camera roll.
  3. Upload the video.
  4. At this point, you’ll have two options: to keep the uploaded video private or open for all Giphy users to view. I recommend you to choose private if you uploaded the video with the sole intention of converting it into a live photo.

Downloading the video as a live photo:

  1. Tap on the account avatar at the top right corner and then tap on Channel.
  2. Find your uploaded video. By default, it should be on the top.
  3. Tap on the video. It should open in full screen.
  4. Scroll down and tap on the ‘3 dots’ which will unveil some other options.
  5. Tap on the Live photo icon which looks like this: Convert videos to live wallpapers
  6. Save it as Fullscreen. The video will be saved as a live photo in your camera roll.

You can easily convert a GIF in a similar manner. In fact, it’ll require fewer steps.

Setting the converted video as a live wallpaper:

  1. Tap on the share icon in the live photo.
  2. Tap on the set as wallpaper button.
  3. Set the wallpaper as a live wallpaper per usual.

Well, you’ll be off to a good start of the day having a beautiful live lock screen. That is all for this tutorial. Fire up in the comments down below if you face any problems during the process.

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