One of my colleague’s was sharing photos with me yesterday. As he went through the Camera Roll on his iPhone, his Live Photos came alive as he swiped for a second. However, I faced the issue of Live Photo Previews not working on iPhone when I did the same. Luckily, I was able to find a solution after realizing that mine didn’t work and I didn’t bother to pay attention since I bought my iDevice.

Live Photo Previews Not Working

So being the owner of UnlockBoot, I had to try fixing the problem myself. Therefore, I paid a visit to Settings -> Photos & Camera section. After discovering there was no option or physical toggle for the small previews, it hit me that there could be Settings difference causing Live Photo Previews not working on iPhone.

So I checked Settings on my colleague’s phone, my own, and my father’s (his Live Photo previews weren’t functioning as well). Then I realized that there was a setting that was different on my and my father’s phone compared to my colleague’s phone.

If Live Photo Previews not Working – Turn off Reduce Motion

Fix Live Photo Preview Issue

Disable Reduce Motion to resolve the Live Photo Previews Not Working issue

I don’t like the parallax effect brought on in iOS 7. That’s why I utilized Reduce Motion to cope. However, I found out just recently that this was also switching off the good experience of viewing Live Photo previews to its full functionality. To get them back, there’s a need to switch off the Reduce Motion thing.

  1. Open “Settings”.
  2. Tap “General”.
  3. Select “Accessibility”.
  4. Choose “Reduce Motion” and switch it “Off”.

Read Also: How to Post Live Photos on Social Networks

This should solve the issue of Live Photo previews not working on iPhone. Another thing I noticed was a tiny circle in thumbnail views if an image was categorized as a Live Photo on my colleague’s iPhone. Haven’t been able to figure that one out, yet. Let me know in comments if you know a fix.

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Stephan Popov
When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.