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Question: Getting Live pictures back onto iPhone from laptop


I moved all my pictures onto my laptop from my iPhone to clear some space, I used to do this no problem with my Sony in the past and I could always move things around as I wanted. I found out I couldn't directly return some select pictures back onto my iPhone (like drag & drop/copy-paste between windows). I've tried going through iCloud to return the pictures, some of which were Live which I wanted to keep, but they are only returned as still photos. Is there any way to return them as Live pictures (or has this format been lost in the transfer to the laptop)?

I've got iTunes and connected up the phone too which doesn't seem to be helpful, does this program ever work as a library or viewer for those stored on the laptop (including Live)?

Thanks in advance,


iPhone 6s

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Dec 10, 2017 8:48 AM in response to Diana.McCall In response to Diana.McCall

Hi! Thanks very much for your reply 🙂 I've been playing around and I managed successfully to get it back! Had to sync it back through iTunes (switched off 'iCloud Photo Library' in iphone 'Photos' settings to get the Sync panel to appear in iTunes on Photos panel - may have to eject and plug in phone again), all stills/files of picture (which were several) present in the selected sync folder. Seems to work... just in case someone else comes by this problem!! Thanks again 🙂

Dec 10, 2017 8:48 AM

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Question: Getting Live pictures back onto iPhone from laptop