FaceTime is Apple’s video and audio calling service, while iMessage app does not provide call, Apple users can use FaceTime from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, to call anyone else using any of Apple devices. The app basically uses Wi-Fi or data connection to make video and audio calls instead of the cellular network. As users are on a FaceTime video call with one other people, they are able to take a Live Photo. FaceTime live photos would capture a picture from the call with a moment after and a moment before the snapped photo. Both parties of the current call would receive a notification that a FaceTime live photo was taken. The captured Live Photo during the FaceTime call would go into your Photos library.
On iOS 12.1 Apple has restored the FaceTime Live Photo capture feature while it was removed in iOS 12.0. Earlier Apple has added support for taking Live Photos during a FaceTime video chat in iOS 11. So both devices must be updated to the latest version of iOS to be able to use the feature on FaceTime. This fun and interesting feature makes it possible for FaceTime users to catch a memorable shot in anytime of a holding call.
With providing this feature again by Apple you can now turn on some setting to take Live Photos while you are on a Facetime call. Just like with other Live Photos that are taken with phone camera there is a still image of your Facetime screen that would come to life for a few seconds.
Using this feature there would be no need to use old method of taking a screenshot of your call screen and also you can capture a few seconds of the call before and after you press the FaceTime Live Photos button.
How to disable Facetime live photo feature?
It might happen sometimes when you do not feel like to let your friend capture photos during the call for any reason. Maybe you are doing crazy things during the call or you appearance is not suitable for capturing photos the best way to avoid being snapped on a FaceTime call is to disable the Live Photos feature.
FaceTime Live Photos is optional for all FaceTime users in order to protect privacy. However the feature is enabled by default but you can disable it by following the steps below.
- Go to setting on your iPhone.
- Scroll down to find FaceTime then tap on it.
- On the appeared screen toggle the FaceTime live photos option to switch it off.
In case you do this from now on no caller can capture live photo of you during a FaceTime call while you cannot snap live photos too.
How to Take Live Photos during Facetime Calls?
As you open the FaceTime app and start a call you will notice a shutter button at the bottom-left corner of the screen. In case you tap on it you will capture anything that is on the screen and a Live Photo will be saved to Photos and you will be able to tap and hold to bring it to life like any other live photo.
This feature only work if both parties on a particular Facetime call have Facetime Live Photos toggled on Settings so before starting the call make sure that Facetime Live Photos is toggled on through the setting.
Remember that if you take a FaceTime live photo during a call iPhone will show a message saying, “You took a FaceTime Live Photo”. In the process the other user will also get the notification stating “FaceTime Live Photo of you was taken”.
How to take FaceTime live photos on Mac?
In order to do so first you need to set up FaceTime for Live Photos in your Mac. Follow the instruction below to enable the feature.
- In the FaceTime app on your Mac, choose FaceTime.
- Go to Preferences, then click Settings.
- Select the “Allow Live Photos to be captured during Video calls” checkbox to activate the feature.
By doing this, you also would allow your friends to take Live Photos of you during the calls.
To capture a live photo while you are in current FaceTime call on Mac follow the instruction below.
- Start a video call.
- You will notice a gray shutter button on the bottom of screen.
- Tap on it or use the Touch Bar to snap a live photo.
Remember that you and your friend both would receive a notification tells you that a live photo is taken. The photo is available in the Photos app.
Frequent questions and answers
According to apple support center this region is not available in all region.
Yes. The person on the other end of the call that you are capturing a live photo on it will get a notification message stating that you have snapped a Live Photo
Yes you can since apple wants to protect users privacy you can prevent other people from capturing Live Photos of you in the Settings app by disabling the feature totally. Remember that if you do so you will not be able to capture live photos in FaceTime calls too.
You can only use the feature on devices that already have live photo as a general feature, which means that you both need to use iPhone 6s or higher.