Live photos are a great way to relive moments beyond a simple still image because you get up to 1.5 seconds of video before and after the image. Of course, your iPhone not only captures movement during a Live Photo – it also records sound. And that audio part may not be something you want to share.
If you tend to share live photos when your ring / silent switch is set to silent mode, you will not hear a sound when you press the image to play it back. Even with the volume all the way up, no sound from Live Photos is played. You may never even notice that the sound is not something you want to share. So this works as a kind of message: turn off your iPhone and listen before sharing live photos!
If you are not happy with a recorded live sound but still like the picture, you can remove the sounds before sharing. In iOS 13 or later, with Live Photo selected in Photos, click “Edit” and then tap the Live Photo icon in the toolbar. Then click on the yellow volume icon at the top left to turn it off. All that remains to be done is to select “Done” and you have a calm Live Photo.
In iOS 11-12, after pressing “Edit”, the yellow volume button appears immediately.
Turning off a live photo is just as easy; just follow the instructions above. When you click the gray volume icon this time, it returns to yellow, indicating that Live Photo’s audio is back online. Just click “Done” to save it that way. You can also press “Reset” in the editor, but it will also reset other changes.
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