iCloud photos don't support Live Photos?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dmaynard83, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Dmaynard83 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2012
    i find it weird that iCloud photos don't support Live Photos. So basically I have to store all these files on my phone or computer if I want to view the live portion?
  2. ocrane macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2007
    Huh? They do on mine, when I hover over a photo in the OSX photos app it shows the live photo version. I have optimize storage enabled on both
  3. ultravisitor, Sep 30, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015

    ultravisitor macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    That doesn't work for me.

    Nevermind. Think I figured it out.
  4. hagar, Sep 30, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015

    hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Well, there does seem to be an issue with this. While the live part is still present, part of it is missing. I only see 1 second of moving video instead of 3 for most photos I took and that are now in iCloud. I assume this is an iCloud bug, although it could well be something else.
  5. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Works fine for me with iCloud Photo Library enabled. I can see the live photos on all my devices.
  6. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    1) Live Photos are two files. .jpg and .mov So I think iCloud Photos downloads the .jpg first but if you wait long enough it gets the .mov and gives you the Live button

    2) Live Photos works on my MacBook Pro (with Force Touch Trackpad) but not my 2012 MacBook Pro 15". Not sure why.

    3) Clicking a button in photos and watching a video unobstructed by a Force Finger is much more practical than being "Forced" to use a finger to activate it on the phone and getting that annoying blur transition (as it switches from .jpg to .mov).

    4) My 2015 MBP13 can view Live Photos but my 2012 MBP15 never seems to get them. Is it because my MBP13 has a Force Touch Trackpad?

    Overall, I'm getting better at taking Live Photos but I'm also realizing how much I don't need to fill my library with a bunch of (arbitrarily) proprietary files. I'll keep trying it out but I'll likely go back to shooting short movie clips.
  7. hagar, Sep 30, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015

    hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Well, I just tried it on iOS 9.0.2. I have "half" live photos. The part before the photo is there, the part after is gone. I just took another photo: everything works fine. I try the same photo 5 minutes later and the after part is not there anymore!

    How can you verify the mov files? how are they accessible?

    Update: the problem seems to be random. Photos that are affected are not anymore later on and vice versa. So the files themselves still seem ok

    Update 2 - Figured out my issue: Live Photos only works when force touching a selected photo. When peeking into a thumbnail only the first part is shown so that the image stops when the actual photo is shown. So my complaint is not a bug but a feature. And has nothing to do with iCloud.

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