How do I add iPhone Live Photos to Instagram?

Live Photos is a cool feature found on all iPhones since the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. These very short video clips add a certain Harry Potteresque feel to a home page and now thanks to a recent update you can also upload them to your Instagram feed. The process is simple, requiring just your phone, Instagram account, Instagram's Boomerang app, and a recent live photo. So if you want to bring a little life to your social media profile, just follow the steps below.

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How to add iPhone Live photos to Instagram: Converting your Live Photo

To create a shareable Live Photo you'll first need to launch the Instagram app, then from the top row of icons select the Your Story circle.

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The camera will now open and if you swipe up from the bottom you should see a selection of images from the past 24 hours. Select the Live photo.

How to add iPhone Live photos to Instagram

At the top of the screen you'll see four options. The cross on the left lets you cancel the upload, while the three icons on the right allow you to customise the image for Instagram. The smiley faced square lets you add emojis, you can write on the image using the pen icon, while the Aa option is for text.

How to add iPhone Live Photos to Instagram

Once you're happy with the image and any additional art or comments you've added the last step is to press on the image to initiate the 3D-touch feature and see a preview of how the image will move. This is achieved by Instagram switching to Boomerang mode, and using the app that handles short videos. If you don't have Boomerang downloaded then you can do so for free from the App store.

How to add iPhone Live photos to Instagram: Posting the image

When you're ready you can either tap the Your Story option at the bottom of the screen (which will post it to everyone) or choose the arrow in the bottom right if you just want to send it to particular friends.

Once the image is up you can't actually edit it, so be sure that everything is as it should be before you post.

How to add iPhone Live Photos to Instagram

If for some reason you want to remove the post then tap the Your Story option, tap the three dots at the bottom of the image, then select Delete from the menu that appears.