5 exciting iOS Photos app features you need to know

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The Apple iPhone ranks among the best camera phones on the market. Apple has been improving the camera on its iPhone for years in an attempt to compete directly with the likes on Samsung-branded phones. The Photos app serves as a perfect place that houses all your photos taken with your iPhone’s camera, allowing users to quickly access their albums.

The iOS Photos app is not just about storing and accessing photos or videos, it’s now a bigger deal than you think. The app comes with a lot of options, allowing users to customize their photos, ranging from applying filters to converting Live Photos into GIFs.

In this article, we have created a list of the best features that help you get the most out of your  iOS Photos app. Before we proceed, ensure that you now have the latest version of iOS installed on your device.

  1. Convert Live Photos into GIFs

Live Photo was first introduced with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus back in 2015. Live Photo was widely welcome by users and tech experts worldwide, thanks to its ability to create exciting Harry Potter-like moving photos. The coolest part is that you now can turn your Live Photos into GIFs.

Last year, Apple added the ability to convert Live Photos into GIFs after months of rumors. To do this, you first need to open the Photos app from your home screen, then select Album on the toolbar. Once you are in, open the Live Photos album and select the photo you wish to turn into GIF. After that, swipe up on that photo and then select Bounce or Loop.

  1. Choose your best Live Photo

Taking a Live Photo is pretty simple, as all you need to do is to tap the icon at the top of the Camera app (make sure it turns yellow). Once you are done, your photo comes alive when you touch it.

The best part is that you now can choose the best shot from a Live Photo taken with your iPhone. To do this, open the Photos app on your iPhone, then select an image and hit the Edit button in the top right corner. Once you do that, you will see a bar with frames that makes up your Live Photo. Now just simply use your finger to browse through all your frames until you hit the best shot and then select Make Key Photo button.

  1. Mark up your photos

The iOS Photos app now allows you to mark up your photos, which eliminates the need for a third-party app to be installed on your device. To do this, launch the Camera app on your iPhone, and then hit the shutter button to take your photo. Once you are done, open the Photos app, select your newly-captured photos and hit the Edit button.

Once you are in, select the More Options button and hit the Markup button. After that, you will be presented with editing options and tools like pen, pencil, highlight, and erase. Select your option and save your work.

  1. Drag and drop

On Mac or iPad, you can easily drag and drop a photo from an album to another. On iPhone, you now can do the same thing. To do this, select the photo you wish to move to another album and then hold down on it using your index finger. Make sure you keep the photo pressed, then hit the Albums option using another finger and drop the photo into your desired album.

  1. Create your Apple Watch face

One of our favorite Photos app features lies in the ability to create an Apple Watch face with our photos. This is not something new, as you can do the same thing for your iPhone. To do this, open the Photos app and select the photo you wish to create your Apple Watch face with. After that, press the square button in the bottom left and then hit the Create Watch Face button.

Once you are done, select your option (Photos or Kaleidoscope view) and hit the Add button to complete the task. If you want to add a little bit of personality to your watch face, you can customize your image using editing tools in Photos app.

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