I have a bunch of Motion Photos on the Galaxy S7 and no way to share them anywhere

This article may contain personal views and opinion from the author.

This is personal: I have used the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge for a couple of weeks, and every time I end up with either of the two, I take a ton of pictures. The camera is fast, it takes great images and with the Galaxy S7 Lens Cover, I find more and more occasions and interesting angles to quickly fire up the camera and capture a moment.

Samsung also has one signature camera feature in the S7 and S7 Edge that I might not need for every photo, but since there is no 1-click way to turn it on or off, I leave it always on. The feature is Motion Photos, and it has captured some very dear moments to me and makes them come back to life every time. Being able to relive those moments is something quite special: I wouldn't have thought to record a video in those moments, but those few seconds of video that the camera automatically captures right before freezing the frame mean a lot.


And every once in a while I want to share those images to my friends or relatives so that they too can relive the moment and see it with that added motion.

And every time I end up disappointed: the problem is that there is no way to share Motion Photos for the world to see. At least not as a Motion Photo as it appears on your phone, one that is a photo with a motion element that you can playback (you do have the option to share them, but only as static images or as videos, but not the Motion Photo combination of the two).


The only way to see a Motion Photo in its original format is to own a Samsung Galaxy phone as the format is recognizable on Samsung's high-end models only. You cannot view Motion Photos in the Facebook, Instagram or Google Photos app.

In fact, we wondered what happens to a Galaxy S7 Motion Photo after it's shared. Does sharing it and deleting the device copy means that the Motion Photo's 'motion' part gets removed forever?

We tested by uploading a few Motion Photos to Facebook (using the share as image option). Those Motion Photos turned into regular, still photos on Facebook. What's worse was that when downloading those images back on our Galaxy S7 - either because of the Facebook compression or something else - those downloaded images displayed as a regular photo. If we had to rely on Facebook as an image back-up for Motion Photos, it would have destroyed the motion element to them.

What about Google Photos? Big difference: images uploaded and then downloaded back still showed as Motion Photos with 'motion' that you could play back on our Galaxy S7, so the magic moment was not lost.

So, if you're running out of space on your phone and wondering for a place to conserve those precious Motion Photos, we definitely recommend using Google Photos and not Facebook. Alternatively, you can also upload them to a service like Dropbox or an external hard drive, as they also don't corrupt the original files.

The big issue, however, remains sharing. Apple has made some leeway, so that you can view its similar Live Photos directly in apps like Facebook and Google Photos, and we wish Samsung made similar progress with Motion Photos. Apple's solution isn't ideal: it requires an iOS 9 or later device to play back those Live Photos (and you can't play Motion Photos from a non iOS device), but it's better than nothing. And it's a shame that Samsung still has not worked out a solution: more than three months after the launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, we still have no easy way to share Motion Photos - as Motion Photos, not videos that they are not - with the rest of the world.

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25 Comments

1. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Facebook supports Live Photos for the iPhone right ?? Then why doesn't it support motion pics

2. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Only a moron would save his photos using Facebook.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's why Samsung users want it

3. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

one of the few things Android lags behind is sms app. Not that iMessage is that special, the Android app is just very basic.

6. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

stupid, I love other app like messenger fb can chat with everyone. no need imessenger

8. Klesk

Posts: 4; Member since: May 27, 2016

wat???

11. TerryTerius unregistered

The point is that you shouldn't have to download a third-party app. iMessage is built into iOS. It is a bit ridiculous to have to use Facebook messenger, Whatsapp, or anything else. There is no exact answer to that for Android, and there should be. And no, I really don't believe hangouts counts.

13. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

You do realize that imessage is essentially a 3rd party messenger app right? Only difference is that with Android you can choose which app you want to use, whereas imessage is made default for you without you getting a choice in the matter.

20. TerryTerius unregistered

Third-party literally means not coming from the primary source(s). By no definition does iMessage fall into that category. It is created by Apple and built into iOS.

14. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Hangouts on Android is literally the same as imessage on iOS...a default messenger app that can be used as text/voice/video chat option, it functions exactly the same way but with generally better vid quality... Difference is Google doesn't force it down your throat, it gives you the option of using it.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's video quality can't be better than the one in iMessage, because the later doesn't have video at all.

21. TerryTerius unregistered

That is EXACTLY why it's not nearly as useful. The whole point of iMessage is that every iPhone is operating with the same communication service. Doesn't matter who you message with an iPhone or iPad, it is happening within the same tool, over Wi-Fi or your Internet connection. There is no real reason that can't be built into android, so we can finally get rid of SMS. Not making it a default defeats the entire purpose of having it.

22. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Excpt iMessage works on only a handful of phones in the world. Hangouts, fb messenger or whatsapp on the other hand works everywhere. Get real, dude.

23. TerryTerius unregistered

You completely and totally missed the point. I should NOT have to use Facebook messenger or WhatsApp. Building a messaging solution INTO android, much like iMessage is with iOS; removes the need to use something else. That has been my point from the beginning. There needs to be a Messaging solution built into android, not a third-party option and not yet another optional Google app that you can download from the store. The reason that iMessage works is because it is there by default.

24. ezfidel

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Had an iPhone 6, I hated imessages cause people were able to see when I read their text. Will get u in trouble with girls if ur not careful. Plus the iphone interface is boring looking, (not bashing just my opinion) the only thing I liked is obviously doesn't compress video when sending to another iPhone user. But it has to b a iPhone user. Recently got a LG G5, downloaded WhatsApp, customized the interfaced how I wanted and told my friends if they wanna send me a video send it through WhatsApp. No problem

19. Awaragardiyan unregistered

ever heard of Mi message?

4. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

What a useless article!

5. Canadian_user

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

What is the point of this article?? You do know you can find something that doesn't work the way you want it to on EVERY flagship phone?

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Well that's true and a Samsung update more or less already address this particular issue. I'm really against the idea that we shouldn't criticize the weakness of any given phone, just because other phones have weaknesses. What? One doesn't have much of anything to do with the other. We should expect the best product possible, and part of that is prodding the weak spots. What another company is doing wrong is irrelevant.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This article is representative for the myriad so called features that some devices and a lot of their users are taunting with and which they prove to have no real value. "My phone can do that" "So what, nobody cares"

7. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

Because motion video saved as .mp4 file. You must use it like video and share.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

16. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

What a motion photo means to me? THE ANSWER is in there.p

25. nichole77

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2016

I've tried uploading to Google Photos, Google Drive and my external hard drive and then copying back to my phone and Google Photos does not work. Google Drive and my external hard drive keeps the motion photo. Anyone else have similar results? Is there an app that allows me to save the motion photo as a video (sorry if this was already discussed but I didn't read trough all comments)?

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