How to post a live photo on Instagram in 2 different ways

You can post live photos on Instagram to your grid or story.Shutterstock/NARAPIROM
  • To post a live photo to Instagram, you can convert your photos to video or use the Boomerang feature on Instagram Stories.
  • The format you use to post a live photo to your Instagram will depend on if you're posting to your wall or to your story.
  • To post a live photo on Instagram, you must be using an iPhone 6s or higher.

If you have an iPhone 6s or newer, you can capture live photos right from your camera app. The new-ish medium occupies the space between a still photo and video, creating a "moving" image that lets you give viewers more visual context for your images.

Instagram was one of the last platforms to support live photos, but thanks to updates and savvy workarounds, there is a way to bring that feature to your profile. It's important to note that the ease of posting a live photo will depend on whether you want to add it to your story or your photo wall.

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How to post a live photo on Instagram as a video upload on iPhone

1. Open your photos app and select the live photo you want to use.

2. Swipe upwards and choose "Save as video."

You can find this option underneath "Use as Wallpaper."Devon Delfino/Business Insider

3. Open the Instagram app.

4. Tap the plus sign in the app's bottom menu.
The icon is located between the magnifying glass search heart icons.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

5. Select the video you saved from your photo library.

The library will appear when you hit the plus sign, allowing you to edit your photo as you see fit.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

6. Tap "Next" in the top right. Advertisement

7. Add your caption.

You can also add location information, turn on social sharing, and more.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

8. Hit "Share."Advertisement

How to post a live photo on Instagram as a story

1. Open Instagram.

2. Tap the camera icon in the top-left corner of the screen to access the "Stories" section.

3. On the story screen, scroll through your bottom menu until you see "Boomerang." Tap it. Advertisement

You may also be able to find this option as an infinity icon on the left side floating menu.Abbey White/Business Insider

4. Tap the white circle on the bottom menu to begin capturing your live photo when you see the boomerang icon appear. 5. Add text or edit your live photo in whatever way you want. Advertisement

6. Press "Send To" in the lower right.

The Instagram "Send To" button is white and oblong in the right bottom corner.Abbey White/Business Insider

7. Select where you want to send your live photo, including "Your Story," "Close Friends," or someone you follow. Advertisement

You can also add location information, turn on social sharing, and more.Abbey White/Business Insider

8. You can press "Undo" to stop the action or press the blue "Done" link that appears at the bottom of the screen.

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