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How to Create Photo Slideshow for iPhone?

Photo slideshow is a good way for people to display photos in front of audience. More often than not, slideshow is used by photographers and PC users to turn photos into beautiful clips for presentation or online sharing. For some iPhone users who have taken some many photos with their iPhone, creating photo slideshow would be a good solution to backup or share those photos. To create photo slideshow, iPhone users can make good use of iPhone slideshow maker or a third-party sideshow maker.

Part 1: Create Photo Slideshow with iPhone's Own Slideshow Maker

For iPhone users, they could actually make use of iPhone's own slideshow maker - Photos on their iPhone to start to create photo slideshow with photos they've taken on their iPhone. How to make a slideshow on iPhone with iPhone's own slideshow maker? It's quite simple. Follow the steps below to make a slideshow on iPhone.

Make slideshow on iPhone:

  • 1. Launch the Photos app on your iPhone.
  • 2. Tap into the album you'd like to use in the slideshow or tap into your Camera Roll.
  • 3. Tap on the photo you'd like to start the slideshow on to open it.
  • 4. Tap on the Share button in the bottom left hand corner.
  • 5. Tap on Slideshow in the share menu.
  • 6. Tap to confirm where you'd like to play the slideshow. If AirPlay compatible devices are in range, those will show up as options.
  • 7. Tap on Start Slideshow at the bottom.
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In this way, iPhone users could easily view their photos in a photo slideshow. But this way has its limitations: firstly, it only could generate photos in the same album into a photo slideshow, and secondly, it couldn't save the generated slideshow on your iPhone or iPad. What should you do when you want to create a photo slideshow with photos from different albums or even from your camcorder? In such a case, you should look for a third-party photo slideshow maker for iPhone.

Part 2: Create Photo Slideshow with Third-Party Slideshow Maker for iPhone

In order to more efficiently create a photo slideshow for iPhone, you could ask a third-party slideshow maker for iPhone for help. Here a better third-party slideshow maker for iPhone is introduced: Leawo's Photo Slideshow Maker, a built-in plugin inside Leawo Video Converter Ultimate. The built-in plugin photo slideshow maker could help you easily create photo slideshows with all photos you've got from various sources: iPhone, iPad, camcorder, etc. Get your folders onto your computer and then you could follow the below guide to know how to create photo slideshows for iPhone.

Download and install Leawo Video Converter Ultimate (for Mac) on your PC (Mac) via the below links. Launch it after installation.

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Guide on how to create a photo slideshow for iPhone with the best slideshow app for iPhone:

Step 1: Import source photos

Import source photos

Switch to "Convert" module on the submenu after you enter the main interface of the best slideshow app for iPhone. Click the "Add Photo" button to browse and add photos you want to turn into slideshows into this photo slideshow maker for iPhone. Selected photos would be automatically generated into a photo slideshow upon loading. You could click the thumbnail icon to play back generated photo slideshow.

Step 2: Edit photo slideshows

Edit photo slideshow video

Click the "Edit" icon on the preview panel to enter the "Slideshow Editor" interface, where you need to open "Video" panel to adjust Video Settings (photo duration, transition duration, transition effect). You could adjust photo position via drag-and-drop, and insert other photos into the created photo slideshow on the photo timeline.

Edit photo slideshow audio

Open the "Audio" panel on the editing panel. You could click the "Add Music" button or directly drag music from your computer into generated photo slideshow. You could drag one or several songs as background music, change music position and adjust output audio effect.

Step 3: Set output format

Set output format

Next to the "Add Photo" button, click the drop-down box (named "MP4 Video" by default) and select "Change" option to enter the Profile panel, on which you could select profile as output format. As you want to create slideshow for iPhone, MP4 is recommended as it is well compatible with iPhone.

Note: If needed, you could reopen the drop-down box and then select "Edit" option to enter the Profile Settings panel to adjust video and audio parameters of output profile, including: Video Codec, Bit Rate, Aspect Ratio, Resolution, Frame Rate, Audio Codec, Audio Bit Rate, Channel, etc.

Step 4: Output iPhone photo slideshow

Output iPhone photo slideshow

On the main interface, click the big green "Convert" button, set the output directory in the "Save to" box and then click the bottom "Convert" button to start converting generated photo slideshows to desired format.

After output, you could transfer the created photo slideshows to your iPhone via iTunes or iCloud easily.

Part 3: Create Photo Slideshow with Smilebox

Smilebox is an online slideshow maker that can turn your favorite photos into a movie. It features custom music, unlimited storage, business signatures and an interface that is very easy to use. Smilebox's slideshow maker comes complete with templates for any occasion, and you can easily create free slideshows for holidays, family events, or just for fun. You can even add photos that you post on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.

If this slideshow maker suites your needs, then you can give it a try. Here is how you can use it:


Step 1: Pick a slideshow template. Login or create an account on this website, then choose your occasion, whether it is a holiday, graduation, major life event, or other special moments. Simply click the slideshow template you want, and then click “Personalize.”

Step 2: Add photos. Upload the photos by clicking “Add More Photos” on the top left-hand corner of your template. Choose files from your computer, phone, Facebook, and Instagram. Click “Autofill,” once you are done, and the slideshow maker will automatically arrange them for you.

Step 3: Personalize the slideshow. Click the personalization panel on the right-hand side of your template. You can see all kinds of different layouts just by clicking a button.

Step 4: Share or download your slideshow. Choose “Share”, upload it to social media, send it to your email, or save it to your computer. You can also download your slideshow maker creation as an MP4 file.

Part 4: Comparison Chart Among These Methods

The iPhone Photos app, Leawo Video Converter Ultimate, and Smilebox can help you to create slideshows easily. However, they have different features that we will show you on the table below.

  iPhone Photos app Leawo Video Converter Ultimate Smilebox
Platforms iOS Windows, macOS Online
Supported output formats One Over 180 One
Video editor Yes Advanced video editor No
Output video compression support No Yes No
3D slideshows No Yes No
Batch processing No Yes No
Adding music/td>

iTunes library supported Yes Custom music available on the website
Slideshow templates No No Yes

Part 5: Tips and Notes

  • 1. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC for importing to the best slideshow maker for iPhone?
    You can use either iTunes to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, or other third-party software like iTransfer to do so.
  • 2. In addition to iTunes and iCloud, is there any other way to transfer the created slideshow from computer to iPhone?
    Yes, there is. You can transfer slideshow from computer to iPhone easily with Leawo iTransfer.
  • 3. In addition to Leawo Video Converter Ultimate, is there any other slideshow maker for iPhone?
    Yes, there is, such as Smilebox, Animoto, Slydely, just to name a few.


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