Best Slideshow Apps for iPhone and iPad

The default iOS Photos app does have an option to quickly create slideshows from your favorite photos and videos. However, the feature is extremely basic. You can only choose one of several themes, select music, and adjust the speed. You won’t be able to save the slideshow, as well as share it with your friends.

If you want to create picture slideshows that impress others, you’ll need dedicated slideshow maker apps. They have filters and effects that let you put pictures and videos together in a fun and creative way. And by adding animations, captions, sound clips, and video clips, you can paint an entire story in minutes.

With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know what app is the best. Let’s take a look at our favorite choices and choose one according to your liking.

Tip: Use iPhone video downloader apps to save short clips from the Web and insert them between segments of your video to make it more interesting!

Videoshop – Video Editor

Price: $1.99 [Download]


Videoshop is a top-rated video editor on the App Store. Not many people know but the app has a hidden feature that enables users to create slideshows with music. When asked to import a video, simply switch between Photos and Videos to browse albums and select those you would like to add. When you’re done, click ‘Next’ to instantly make a slideshow, or tap on slides for more editing features.

You can set a global duration of your photo slides by tap the Settings from the toolbar. If you want to set display duration for individual photos, simply tap on the thumbnail of them, you’ll see a small clock icon displays over the thumbnail. Tap it again and then adjust the Duration bar.

Apart from the usual sound, music, texts, and transitions, Videoshop takes things to the next level by letting you add voice recordings into slideshows. Display times can be adjusted individually or globally across all slides. Thanks to its customizability, Videoshop earns its spot on the list.


Price: Free [Download]


Animoto is a popular online tool for creating amazing photo and video slideshows. Thankfully, this app is also available for iOS devices and of course, it’s one of the best apps that can help you turn your photographs into entertaining slideshows in minutes.

Animoto will let you select your photos, videos, music, pretty much the same way as other apps. But its stylish transitions and animations go way beyond what others provide. The app has more than 100 styles and a growing library of licensed songs so you can create your own slideshow to celebrate any occasion.

Each style has their own default music, but you can also add music from your iTunes library or upload your own. It’s also worth noting that the embedded music that comes with individual themes will make the animations and transitions match sync up with the music.

The app also lets you star specific photos as featured so they will be shown a little longer than other slides to impress your friends. The basic version of Animoto is free to use and allows for 12 photos per slideshow. For a premium upgrade, you can create videos up to 10 minutes, add longer clips and even benefit advanced desktop features.

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Price: Free [Download]


Flipagram is like the Instagram app of video editing. It lets you create slideshow-style videos and share privately with your friends or with other users in the community.

To start making a slideshow, you can upload photos or video clips from your Camera Rool, shoot directly with the in-app camera, or import from Instagram,  Facebook, and Twitter. Some of the highlights are the neat and beautiful editor to combine photos, videos, effect and music easily, users can adjust speed, add filters, rearrange and zoom/crop videos and photos.

Flipagram is lots of fun, but it has its downsides too. Transitions between moments are not too smooth, sometimes, they can be a little jumpy. And free music included is only available in 30-second clips. However, you can upload your own library.

SlideLab: Add Music to Photos

Price: Free [Download]


SlideLab is a basic slideshow app that turns photos into beautiful video presentations. With just a few clicks you can choose from dozens of filters and effects. Sounds can be added straight from your playlist or through the app, though you won’t be able to add videos or music from iTunes.

If you’re looking for an Instagram slideshow app, you’ll love SlideLab. The app has a feature that can automatically adjust the length in accordance with Instagram and Vine. Unlike other apps that come with subscription plans, you only have to pay $1.99 to not have watermarks which is worth it!

Despite some lacking features, we loved how it keeps photos in their original size during rendering. This spares you from those awkward crops and close-ups which are known to reduce photo quality. Within minutes of editing, you’ll have a complete slideshow which can be readily shared on Instagram or Vine.


Price: Free [Download]

iMovie video editor by Apple

It’s one of the few native apps where Apple finally did right. iMovie is a simple video editor which can be used to make slideshows – all you got to do is select photos instead of videos. From the timeline, you can move clips around to switch their order or drag them around the edges to adjust how long they appear. Videos, recorded audio, and stackable sound effects may also be added to your slideshow.

Fidgety users who like to tweak here and there might want to look elsewhere for customizability. For instance, you can’t have more than one song as background music. If you opt for transitions, you will get the same effect across all slides depending on your selected theme, and there are only 8 to choose from. Needless to say, iMovie can come off as too simplistic though it’s still a great app for making slideshows in a jiffy.

FilmoraGo – Video & Movie Editor

Price: Free [Download]

Fimora Photo SlideShow

There’s more than a handful of slideshow apps for iOS. Sad to say that the free ones usually have limited functionality, and you’d have to get paid apps or in-app purchases if you expect to make decent slideshows.

FilmoraGo is a rarity in that it combines ease of use with highly customizable features, all neatly packed in a free app. It offers an extensive collection of pre-made themes, filters, and nifty visual effects like reverse-play, slow motion, and fast motion.

Photos and videos can be put together with the option to apply unique transitions, sound, and music. FilmoraGo also allows you to quickly share slideshows to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Vimeo – a huge plus for users with a social media following.

PicPlayPost – Video Editor

Price: Free [Download]


PicPlayPost is one of our favorites, and there’s a good reason behind it too. It has a seamless interface and an automated feature that instantly whips up slideshows for those who don’t have time to edit. Simply select the media you want to be included and the app stitches them together to produce high-resolution slideshows.

Of course, there’s still room for personalization, and you can create projects with various effects and transitions. But what makes PicPostPlay truly special is that it offers multimedia support. Not only can you add photos, videos, and sounds, but also GIFs and collages.

Each project can hold up to 9 slides and last 10 minutes, giving you room enough for some fun. How cool is that?! The only drawback of this free app is that slideshows come with watermarks.


Photo Slideshow Director Pro – Music Video Editor

Price: $3.99 [Download]

Most apps listed here are made for casual use. You don’t have to spend too much time editing since they can create slideshows in minutes. Sadly, this speedy rendering tends to reduce photo quality – a drawback that would make professionals cringe. Photo Slideshow Director sets itself apart by giving us something easy to use without sacrificing the quality of photos, among other great elements.

It is the only slideshow editor that allows users to add an unlimited number of photos and songs into each slideshow. Transitions can be customized for each slide or globally, which gives you leverage to choose between personalization and efficiency. The intuitive software automatically synchronizes slides to music, leaving you less to worry about. With this unique ensemble, you can create longer and more professional slideshows.

Adding to these awesome features, Photo Slideshow Director supports full HD playback. Slideshows can be exported with the same high-res format or shared directly to social media platforms. Quite frankly, it’s impossible to imagine you can do all these on your iPhone and iPad. Not bad for a $4 app.


Photo slideshows are a wonderful way to keep people in the know, whether it’s friends, family, or fans on social media. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or an average user – you’ll be able to make something beautiful out of your photos. So long as you have an iPhone or iPad, you can effortlessly create show-stopping presentations with the best photo slideshow apps for iOS. Sharing photos has never been more easy, enjoyable, and uniquely you.

Which one is your favorite slideshow maker? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments section!

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I don’t want a “slideshow maker” I just want an app that will let me select folders and start a slideshow on the images therein. Why is that so hard? I have several on my Android devices, but it seems to be a foreign concept on IOS.