If you have an iPhone there is a pretty high chance that you have taken a Live photo by mistake. What is a live photo? Your iPhone not only takes a picture but also a 3-second video at the same time. Why is this a problem? Because most people don’t know that they are taking short videos it can quickly use up valuable storage with files you don’t need. I have worked with clients that had thousands of unintended LIVE photos and it can be a real hassle to delete them.
If you download your photos to your computer, this is what it will look like (Windows File Explorer)
You will have duplicate file names with one jpg (or HEIC) and one MOV file. Often the MOV file is more than double the size of the jpg. You can see that if every photo you take is a Live Photo, you will have lots of extra unneeded files and lots of storage space devoted to them.
The best thing we can do to manage this problem is to disable Live photos unless you specifically want to take one. I have found that many people don’t know how they enabled them or how to disable them, so I am including step by step instructions with videos.