Google Photos now lets you export Pixel 2 Motion Photos as GIFs

It's no surprise at this point that the Pixel 2's camera is the best on the market, but one of its most underrated features is Motion Photos. This records a few frames before and after you press the shutter button when taking a picture, and you can now export them as GIFs.

Up until now, you've only been able to export files as videos or still photos. However, thanks to the addition of GIF support, you can retain those extra couple seconds captured with Motion Photos and still save and share them as an image file.

To do this, open a picture that was captured with Motion Photos, tap on the three dots near the top right, and then select Export. From here, you'll see a new option for exporting the photo as a GIF.

The exporting process takes just a moment to complete, and this functionality appears to be available to all Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users rocking v3.15 of the Google Photos app.

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Joe Maring

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8 Comments
  • "...but one of its most underrated features is Motion Photos. This records a few frames before and after you press the shutter button when taking a picture,..." So, basically, they are doing what the HTC One M7 did five years ago with their "Zoe" photos? I hope this isn't the feature that makes this phone's camera "the best", in your eyes.
  • Except the HTC One M7 camera was a pos lol. Absolutely no comparison to the Pixel 2 camera.
  • Lumia phone with Nokia camera Pro, few years ago already has live phone exactly like this.....
  • @buwee No, it had QC problems, but those of us who didn't have the purple tint issue had what many (users and reviewers) called the best phone camera available in that year. Sadly, the number of people who DID have the issue was too large for them to manage.
  • Where do exported photos go?
  • exported to whatever app you are sharing them with
  • Wasn't that The point of the motion stills app? Guess it's time to delete that redundant app.
  • If this photo app is to be of use, would it not be useful to be able to look at raw photos in it?
    This is one of the reason I get my camera to do both raw and Jpg, so at least IO have a Jpg image, so I get some idea what the raw one is. Like a preview. Do anyone know of anyway to preview raw photos on windows? Cheers if you do.