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How to copy a Live Photo from your Mac back to an iOS device

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Apple's Live Photos are a lot of fun and provide more context than your typical photo. When your iPhone is full of them, you may want to offload your Live Photos to your Mac. That's easy. But what if you have a favorite Live Photo on your Mac and you want to move it back to your iPhone? Reader Jonas Marel has this problem.

How can I transfer my Live Photo from my iPhone 6s to my Mac and back again to my iPhone as a Live Photo? The transfer from my iPhone to my Mac is easy, but I am not able to transfer the Live Photo back from my Mac.

Apple doesn’t have a total symmetry in how Live Photos transfer across platforms, but it is possible to move them back and forth. A Live Photo is actually a combination package of a JPEG and a MOV movie file, as I describe a year ago in “How to export a Live Photos movie into OS X.”

I checked three ways of taking a Live Photo from macOS back to iOS, and they all worked.

[ Further reading: Everything you meed to know about iOS 11 ]iCloud Photo Library syncs Live Photos, and Live Photo imported into iCloud Photo Library syncs back to iOS devices. (The article continues...)

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