Facebook 101: Turn Your Live Photo into a Facebook Profile Video

Turn Your Live Photo into a Facebook Profile Video

Changing your Facebook profile picture to a video has yet to become fashionable on the social media platform, but it's a good way to stand out. A regular video file isn't the only option, though — if you're an iPhone user, you can also upload a Live Photo as your new profile picture to make your Facebook page pop.

Unfortunately, you can't just snap a Live Photo and post it as your new FB pic right away — you first need to convert your Live Photo into a Facebook-compatible file. So below, I'll show you three different methods to turn your Live Photo into a video, then once you've got that sorted out, I'll show you how to upload the converted video to use it as an animated Facebook profile pic.

Before going over the different ways to convert a Live Photo into a Facebook-friendly profile video, you might want to edit your Live Photo first, if necessary. If you're running iOS 10, you can add filters, tweak adjustments, crop, and rotate the Live Photo. If you're running iOS 11, you can go a step beyond and pick new thumbnails, trim the clip, or make them loop or bounce.

Since a Facebook profile video already loops, using a loop or bounce Live Photo may be unnecessary. And you can trim clips, crop them, and choose a thumbnail image in Facebook before setting them as your profile video, so you don't have to worry about that too much beforehand.

Method 1: Convert Your Live Photo with Instagram

A really easy way, though not without losing some image quality, is to convert your Live Photo into a Boomerang within Instagram Stories. If you don't have Instagram, you can download the app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch here.

Once signed up and in Instagram, tap your profile icon at the top of the main page to access Stories, then swipe up to see your Story feed. If you have taken your Live Photo within the last 24 hours, then you should see it there. Tap on it to edit in Stories.

From there, turning your Live Photo into a Boomerang is easy. To see how, either check out my video tutorial below or read through the steps at the following link.

Once you've created your Boomerang, wrap things up by tapping on the "Save" arrow in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Your Boomerang will now be saved to your Instagram folder in Photos. To see how you can upload the Boomerang as your Facebook profile pic, skip ahead to the "Upload Your Live Photo" section below.

Method 2: Convert Your Live Photo with Motion Stills

If you'd rather preserve your Live Photo in full quality before uploading it as your Facebook profile pic, then I have two more options for you.

First up is an app from Google called Motion Stills. Once you've installed Motion Stills, all your Live Photos will be shown in a feed within the app. Before proceeding, you may want to adjust in the settings how your video will turn out, so tap on the cog icon at the top of the app. From there, tap on "Repeat Saved Clips" under the Movie Options section and set it to either 1 or 3 times.

When ready, tap on the photo you would like to convert to a video for Facebook. Your Live Photo will now be shown in constant motion, and the "Motion Stills" icon (two half circles) will be set to reduce shakiness in the video. You can tap that icon to remove the effect, which will give you your original Live Photo, shakiness and all. Also, you can choose to set the video as normal (the two triangles icon with the left side in white) or bounce it (with both triangles white).

Tap on the arrow at the bottom right-hand corner of your image, then tap "Share Clip" to convert it as a video. When the share sheet opens up, select "Save Video" to save it to the Photos app. Once you've done that, skip ahead to the "Uploading Your Live Photo" section below.

Method 3: Convert Your Live Photo with Lively

If neither of the first two options worked for you, then an app called Lively is your best bet. You can download the Lively app for iOS here.

Once installed, you'll see all your Live Photos in a homepage feed within the app. Tap on the image that you would like to convert, and your Live Photo will now be shown as a GIF. Tap on "Movie" at the top, and if you want to crop your Live Photo and haven't done so already, Lively will let you do so before saving it as a video. You can also do this later on Facebook, as you'll soon see.

When ready, tap on "Export Movie" at the bottom. From here, hit "Save" to add it to your Photos app, then move on to the next section in this article.

Uploading Your Live Photo as Your Facebook Profile Video

Now that you've converted your Live Photo, open up the Facebook app, then tap on the hamburger icon and hit "View your profile" at the top. Once there, tap on "Edit" at the bottom right of your profile icon, or you can just tap on the profile photo itself, then you'll see a menu of options. Tap on "Select Profile Video."

Here, you'll be able to select the video you want to upload from your Camera Roll in Photos. Tap on the new video that you just converted, and you'll be presented with some decent options for it. You can trim the clip, crop it, remove sound, and/or change the thumbnail image. You can also tap on "Make Temporary" to make the profile video last only 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, or a custom amount of time. When you're satisfied, tap on "Use" to upload it as your new Facebook profile video.

And that's all there is to it. Your Facebook profile video will now loop endlessly while someone is looking at your profile. Profile videos are public, so keep that in mind when doing this.

Uploading a moving image to your Facebook profile picture is a good way to stand out among other accounts. It also hasn't really caught on yet, so this is a good time to get creative with the feature and get ahead of the pack.

As always, stay tuned with us as we uncover more Facebook tips and tricks to amp up your profile page.

Follow me on Instagram @b3t.tina to see how I'm currently using these social media tips and tricks to further my own accounts.

Cover image, screenshots, and GIFs by Bettina Mangiaracina/Gadget Hacks

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