How to Take Live Photos during FaceTime Calls on Your iPhone

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Ever since iOS 11, it's been possible to take still photos and Live Photos during FaceTime calls. This somewhat hidden feature is still present with iOS 13; you can now turn on a setting that allows you to take Live Photos while you’re on a FaceTime call. Just like with other Live Photos, this means you’ll have a still image of your FaceTime screen that, when activated, comes to life for a few seconds. Here’s how to take Live Photo during FaceTime calls with iOS 13 on your iPhone.

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How to Take Live Photos during FaceTime Calls

This feature will only work if both people on the FaceTime call have Facetime Live Photos toggled on in Settings, which means both people must also be running iOS 11 or later on their iPhone for this tip to work.

  1. First, open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap FaceTime.

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  3. Make sure FaceTime Live Photos is toggled on.
  4. Next time you’re on a FaceTime call, tap your iPhone screen, then tap and hold the white shutter button to snap a Live photo. If you want a still picture, just quickly tap the shutter button as usual.

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When you take a FaceTime Live Photo, the other person will receive a small notification that lets them know you took a Live Photo and vice versa.

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