Revive your Live Stickers: 10 ways to fix in iOS 17

10 fixes for Live Stickers not working in iOS 17

Live Stickers add a dynamic and interactive element to your conversations, but when they fail to function as expected, it can be frustrating.

Revive Your Live Stickers: 10 ways to fix in iOS 17

Whether your Live Stickers are freezing, not animating, or simply refusing to load, we will explore various potential causes and provide detailed solutions. From software updates to app-specific settings, we've got you covered.

Follow along to understand why Live Stickers is not working and learn practical methods to bring them back to life on your iOS device. Let's dive in and restore the liveliness to your messaging experience!

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Restart the iPhone

Sometimes, the system's temporary data or cache, as well as the app's data, may encounter glitches or become corrupted. Restarting your iPhone clears the device's memory and gives it a fresh start.

This process can help refresh the system processes, clear any temporary issues, and ensure that the apps, including the one responsible for Live Stickers, start from a clean slate.

To restart your iPhone, follow the steps below:

1. Hold the Side button along with one of the Volume buttons until you see the slider.
2. Drag the slider to turn off your device.
3. After your device turns off, press and hold the Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

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Restart the app

The app can encounter temporary glitches and various issues that affect its functionality. By restarting the app, you are allowing it to reload any necessary resources, re-establish connections, and clear any potential problems that might be hindering the proper functioning of Live Stickers.

To reopen an app, follow the steps below:

1. Swipe up from the middle bottom until you access the App Switcher.
2. Locate the app that's having problems with the stickers and swipe up on it to close.

Close the Messages app

3. Wait for a few seconds and reopen the app again.

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Enable Live Stickers when creating them

Live Stickers use the Live Photo feature, capturing a few seconds of motion along with the image. If the Live feature is not enabled when creating the sticker, it may result in a static image instead of an animated or dynamic sticker.

To enable the Live button, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Messages app and open the Stickers menu in a chat.
2. Select the "Live Stickers" icon and tap the plus (+) button.

tap the plus (+) button

3. Choose a Live Photo.
4. At the top left corner, turn on "Live".
5. Then, tap "Add Sticker".

Tap Add Sticker

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Create a Live Sticker in the Photos app

If the messaging or sticker app you're using is not fully compatible with the Live Stickers feature or is experiencing a glitch, creating a Live Sticker directly in the Photos app ensures compatibility with a broader range of apps. The animated content can still be shared and viewed seamlessly.

To create a sticker from Live Photo, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Photos app and select "Live Photos".
2. Open your Live Photo.
3. Make sure the photo is selected as "Live".
4. Long press the subject and select "Add Sticker".

Tap Add Sticker

5. Tap and hold the created sticker and tap "Add Effect".

Tap Add Effect

6. Add the effect you want or leave as is.
7. Tap "Off" and choose "Done".

Add effect

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Recreate the Live Sticker

Recreating the Live Sticker ensures you generate a new and properly formatted file, eliminating potential corruption or compatibility issues.

To recreate the Live Sticker, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Messages app and open the Stickers menu in a chat.
2. Go to the "Live Stickers" menu.
3. Tap and hold the sticker you want to recreate and select "Delete".

Delete sticker

4. Then, tap the plus (+) button and select the photo from the gallery.
5. Tap "Add Sticker".

Add sticker

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Check storage space

By checking your iPhone's storage space, you can ensure sufficient room for storage-intensive features like Live Photos, thus potentially resolving issues with Live Stickers.

If your storage is full or nearly full, consider deleting unnecessary files, apps, or photos to free up space and improve the performance of Live Stickers.

To check iPhone storage, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "General" setting in the Settings app.

Go to General

2. Tap "iPhone Storage".
3. Check if you have enough free space. If not, delete unnecessary files.

Check Storage

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Delete sticker packs

If a specific sticker pack is causing issues or has become corrupted, it may interfere with the proper functioning of Live Stickers. Deleting the problematic sticker pack can help resolve any corrupted files or data associated with that pack.

To delete sticker packs, follow the steps below:

1. Go to Messages, open a chat, and open the Stickers menu.
2. Swipe to the left on the menu and tap "Edit".

Tap Edit in the sticker menu

3. Hit "Edit" and disable the sticker pack. If you want to delete the sticker pack, delete its app.

Disable the sticker pack

After deleting the sticker pack, try reinstalling it from the App Store or using a different sticker pack to see if Live Stickers work as expected.

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Turn on Live Photos in Camera

Live Stickers are designed to work seamlessly with Live Photos. When Live Photos are turned off in your Camera settings, it might turn off the necessary features that Live Stickers rely on.

By enabling Live Photos, you're ensuring that your Camera app captures a few seconds of motion along with the photo, providing the foundation for Live Stickers to animate and interact.

To enable Live Stickers in the Camera app, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Camera app and select the "Photo" mode.
2. At the top right, tap the "Live" icon to turn it on. A yellow banner with the Live will appear at the middle top.

Enable Live Photo

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Re-enable iMessage

iMessage is tightly integrated with the App Store, and many sticker apps are designed to work seamlessly within iMessage.

If Live Stickers are not working, there might be a communication issue between the iMessage app and the sticker app. Re-enabling iMessage can refresh the integration and resolve any glitches in the communication between the two.

To re-enable iMessage, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app and go to "Messages".

Go to Messages

2. Turn off "iMessage".

Disable iMessage

3. After 30 seconds, enable the "iMessage" feature again and tap "OK".

Enable iMessage

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Update your iPhone

By keeping your iPhone's operating system up-to-date, you ensure that you have the latest improvements and fixes implemented by Apple. These updates not only enhance the overall performance of your device but also address potential glitches or incompatibilities that may affect the Live Stickers feature.

To update iOS, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the Settings app and tap "General".

Go to General

2. Choose "Software Update".

Go to Software Update

3. Wait while the system searches for updates. Tap "Update Now" if an update is found.

Update iOS

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I hope this guide has helped restore Live Stickers' functionality and bring a dynamic touch to your messages.

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