What Happens to FaceTime Live Photos?

It's OK to take a photo while using FaceTime, but you need to know where the photos go to enjoy them after the chat. The answer is simple: FaceTime photographs are saved immediately to your device's Photos app.

To see your FaceTime photos, navigate to the Photos tab at the bottom of the Photos app, selecting the All Photos view to ensure that your device doesn't filter them out. To find a photo, scroll to the date and time it was taken.

You can keep things simple by only looking at your Live Photos. To find the Live Photos album, go to the Albums tab and look for it. When you add a Live Photo to your library on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it immediately creates this album.

Make a Smart Album for all of your FaceTime Live Pictures

Create a Smart Album to capture all of your FaceTime Live Photos automatically, so they're all in one place. You'll need to utilize the Photos software to make a Smart Album on a Mac. Unfortunately, you can't make Smart Albums on an iPhone or iPad using the Photos app.

Select Smart Album from the popup that displays when you hover over My Albums in the sidebar by clicking the plus button (+). Create a name for your Smart Album, then use the dropdown menus to configure the following filter: FaceTime is included in Lens.

Because "FaceTime" isn't an option in the dropdown menu, you'll have to type it into the third field manually.

To build your Smart Album, click OK. The album should be filled with all of the Live Photos you've taken during FaceTime calls. Any new FaceTime photos you take should be instantly added to the album.

If you use iCloud to sync your photos, this Smart Album will appear on the Albums page on all of your other devices.

How to Use FaceTime to Take Photos?

You can capture a Live Photo using the shutter button during a FaceTime call. On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, this shows when you tap the screen or hover your mouse over the FaceTime window on a Mac. Two white circles, one inside the other, appear to be the source of the problem.

Select the person's tile you wish to photograph in a group chat on FaceTime for iOS, and hit the Fullscreen button to reveal the shutter button. Double-click, the person you wish to photograph in a group chat on a Mac, then press the shutter button.

Because it does not capture the FaceTime user interface, a Live Photo is preferable to a screenshot. It also records a few seconds of video and audio from just before and after the snapshot is taken.

How to Snap a Photo on FaceTime Without Notifying the Other Person

When you use FaceTime to take a photo of someone, it sends a notification to their device to let them know you snapped a photograph of them. There's no way to prevent seeing this notification when you take a photo, but you can get around it by capturing a screenshot instead.

Hold down the Volume Up and Side buttons on your iPhone or iPad (or press the Home button with the Side button if your device has a Home button). Cmd + Shift + 5 on a Mac, then click on the FaceTime window.

How to Turn on Live Photos in FaceTime's Preferences?

Both you and the person you're taking a photo of must allow Live Photos in your FaceTime Settings before taking a Live Photo. You should disable this option if you don't want other people to take images of you on FaceTime. However, keep in mind that others will still be able to take a screenshot.

Go to Settings > FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Turn on FaceTime Live Photos by scrolling down.

Open FaceTime on a Mac and select FaceTime > Preferences from the menu bar. Turn on the Allow Live Photos to be Captured During Video Calls option in the Settings tab.

FaceTime Photo Issues: Troubleshooting

Various issues could prevent you from taking a Live Photo during your FaceTime chats. Try these iPhone, iPad, and Mac troubleshooting tips if you can't find the shutter button, FaceTime isn't saving your images, or you can't find FaceTime photos after you take them.

FaceTime Live Photos Should be Enabled on Both Devices

Everyone on the call must enable FaceTime Live Photos in their device settings to capture a photo of someone during a FaceTime conversation. To do so, go to Settings > FaceTime. Ensure the person you're photographing is aware of their camera's settings.

Open the Photos App on Your Phone or Tablet

When you snap Live Photos on FaceTime, they are instantly saved to your device's Photos app. If you haven't used Photos previously, you must first open it on your smartphone to allow FaceTime to save photos.

Upgrade to the Most Recent Version of the Operating System

Apple has briefly disabled the ability to snap Live Photos on FaceTime in prior iOS releases. A FaceTime security flaw most likely caused this. FaceTime photos are now available, but you must update your device to the most recent firmware to utilize them. The individual you're photographing should also update their device to the most recent firmware.

Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Go to System Preferences > Software Update on a Mac. Any available updates should be installed.

Restart Your Computer

Whatever FaceTime issue you're having, you should always try restarting your device to resolve it. This surprisingly helpful troubleshooting procedure takes a few seconds to try. After turning off your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, wait 30 seconds before resuming it.

Restart your device's FaceTime

Finally, go into your device's settings and toggle FaceTime on and off. You may need to log into your Apple ID account again when you do this.

Toggle the FaceTime button at the top of the screen under Settings > FaceTime on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Open the FaceTime app on your Mac and select FaceTime > Preferences from the menu bar. Uncheck the option for Enable this account in the Settings tab, then recheck it to re-enable FaceTime.

Multitask FaceTime During Use

By swiping up (or tapping the Home button) and launching the Photos app, you can see your Live Photos without having to end the FaceTime call. Open it from Launchpad, the Dock, or your Applications folder to use Photos on a Mac. FaceTime will then halt your video feed until you return.

Even though it pauses your video feed, this multitasking tool allows you to talk to people and hear what they have to say. It's the same as using another app on your iPhone while talking, making it simple to do vital activities while conversing with others.