The Photos app is the quickest way to make a slideshow on an iPhone, but it comes with significant drawbacks. With limited tools for customization, every slideshow starts to looks the same.  

Currently, there are five themes to choose from and five songs to accompany each theme. You can get a bit more creative by choosing a song from your music library and change the video speed, but that's it. Compelling slideshows have animated text, audio that seamlessly fades into the next, and colorful borders. I'll show you how to make a slideshow on an iPhone where you have creative control from start to finish. Let's get started!

  1. Gather your media
  2. Open the Slideshow Maker
  3. Upload Media
  4. Edit the slideshow
  5. Export, download and share

Step One: Gather Your Media

Before making the slideshow, gather your favorite pictures, videos, and music into one folder to quickly use in the next step. This will spare you the headache that comes on after rummaging through a plethora of files. This is optional, but you can get a little more organized by placing each type of media into a designated folder. If you don't have music, try browsing royalty-free music sites like StreamBeats and BenSounds.

Step Two: Open the Slideshow Maker

I'm using Kapwing, a free browser-based video editor you can use on any device to make my slideshow. On your iPhone, head over to Kapwing's Slideshow Maker and tap get started.  

Tap start with a blank canvas then edit background to change the output size. You can choose a preset aspect ratio or tap custom size to add your own width and height. Our popular sizes are handy if you're sharing the slideshow on Instagram or Facebook.

Step Three: Upload Media

Tap upload to add your pictures and videos into the Studio and you can paste an image or video URL to import media from YouTube, Google Drive and more. Kapwing supports most common file types including MOV, MP4, AVI,  and FLV. You can export videos up to seven minutes long with the free version of Kapwing.

If you need a few more photos or videos for your slideshow, scroll through the tools at the top of the screen and tap plugins. My go-to is Unsplash but you can also see what Pexels and Pixabay has to offer! Try to use descriptive search terms to pull up results that closely match with what you're imagining.

Step Four: Edit the Slideshow

Drag and drop your media in the order you want them to appear in the slideshow. If you've only uploaded pictures so far, tap edit background, then timing to give your slideshow duration. You can tap a preset duration or add your own. Drag the ends of each clip to trim the length and split clips with the split button to remove mistakes.

Now that everything has been arranged, it's time to give our slideshow some style! Tap text to add titles or captions with a font, color and size of your choosing. If you want your text to look like handwriting, go for Crafty Girls or Annie Use Your Telescope! Otherwise, there are a ton of fonts to browse and try out.

To make your text pop, tap animate and test out the nine eye-catching animations and tap effect to add a drop shadow. You can change the color of the shadow to create a glowing text effect and change the distance, rotation and blur.

If you're looking for something a bit more vibrant, tap plugins then GIPHY text. Type a phrase or word in the search box, then tap animate to see your text come to life. Try to keep the text short and sweet so it's easy to read. You'll see a nice range of styles to choose from including, retro, minimal, colorful, and sparkly with a simple animation.

You can apply a transition between two video layers to effortlessly change from one clip to the next. Tap a video layer then tap edit video and animate. Decide if you want to apply the transition at the beginning or end of the current and neighboring clip. Tap cross dissolve or cross blur to apply the transition, then tap the play button to see it in action.

You can spruce up your slideshow even more by searching for overlays with the image search feature, add GIFS and emojis for a touch of personality and add shapes to create borders.

The final touch is music. Tap audio to upload a song or you can paste a video or audio URL. If you have more than one song, I recommend fading the audio so the transition isn't choppy. Tap edit audio, then effect and fade. You can adjust the fade speed and apply the effect to the intro, outro or both.

Step Four: Export, Download and Share

Tap the play button to watch your slideshow and when you're happy with the final look, tap export video at the top of the screen. Once your video has been processed, tap download to save it to your iPhone. You can create a free Kapwing account with your Facebook or Google login credentials to quickly remove the watermark.

If you share your slideshow on Instagram or Twitter, make sure to tag us so we can see, then tap the follow button to stay connected. Check out the articles below for related tutorials and subscribe to our YouTube channel for Kapwing and TikTok tutorials.  

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