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This iPhone app turns your Live Photos into GIFs

Until Live Photos are supported across social networks, Live GIF is your best bet.

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We've already shown you how to share the Live Photos captured with the iPhone 6S. Sharing is simple, so long as you are sending your Live Photo to someone using an Apple device.

Things tend to get more complicated when you want to share across social networks or to a non-Apple user. Until now, the simplest way to make that happen was to import the video portion to your computer and create an animated GIF, which is time-consuming and requires a bit of tech-savvy.

Thanks to a new iPhone app first covered by 9to5Mac, the process is now streamlined and much easier.

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After launching Live GIF, the app automatically displays your Live Photos album. Tap on the Harry Potter-like photo, and the app uses magic to turn it into a GIF. You can preview it before sharing or saving it to your camera roll. The app also offers the option to save the new file as a video instead of GIF.

Additionally, Live GIF offers 3D Touch support for peeking at photos, or the quick action of launching the app and creating a GIF out of your last Live Photo.

Live GIF is currently priced at $1.99/£1.49/AU$2.99 in the App Store.