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How to create a slideshow video with Apple Photos

A slideshow video — a montage of photos and videos set to music — is a perfect way to preserve your memories and create a lasting memento to share with others. And thanks to mobile apps such as Apple Photos and Google Photos, creating a slideshow video on your smartphone is easier and faster than you may think.

Here’s how you can use Apple Photos to turn your best shots into a captivating slideshow video in minutes. To learn the same process for Google Photosclick here.

Apple’s Photos app 


HOW IT WORKS: Photos is the default photo library app on iPhone. With the built-in Memories feature, the app presents a curated collection of your photos and videos as a beautifully edited slideshow video called a Memory Movie, complete with smooth transitions and theme music. Memories are created automatically by the app and appear in the “For You” tab, but you also can create your own memories from an album or a specific month or day. Here’s how:


Step 1: Go to the Albums tab and select an album. Or go to the Library tab, tap Months or Days, and locate a particular date.

Before moving forward, rearrange the order of the photos and videos to your liking. You cannot change the order of the items once you initiate the Memory Movie making process.

Step 2: Tap the More icon (three dots in a circle) in the right-hand corner and select Play Memory Movie.

Step 3: The Movie will start playing immediately. As it plays, tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the editing and sharing options.

Step 4: Tap Edit at the top, then tap OK to access the edit panel.

In the edit panel you can adjust the title and subtitle, the title image, the photo and video selection, the theme music and the duration of the video.

Step 5: Make your edits, then tap Done.

Step 6: Tap the Share icon at the bottom, and select Save Video to export the slideshow video to your Photos library.

Before exporting, tap Options > under the thumbnail at the top to adjust the aspect ratio of the video (horizontal or vertical).

After saving to your device, locate your new slideshow video in the Photos library and share it from there.

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Additional mobile apps to check out:

  • Adobe Premiere Rush – All-in-one video editor for editing and sharing high-quality videos on the fly. It is best for video editing beginners. Comparable to iMovie, it is available on Apple and Android devices.
  • Canva – Best for creating graphics-heavy slideshow videos and presentations.
  • iMovie – Comparable to Adobe Premiere Rush, but for iOS and Mac only.
  • Quik – Best for making a montage of video clips and GoPro footage.
  • Adobe Spark Video – Best for creating short “promotional” slideshow videos or social media posts; more for social media content rather than personal content.


Turning your photos into a beautiful slideshow video is a simple yet creative way to bring those memories to life, and Apple Photos and Google Photos can help you make it happen in minutes. All you have to do is capture the moments.

Happy snapping!


Kathryn Price

Kathryn Price is a video producer and designer at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tennessee.


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