Slideshow apps can provide an easy place to showcase your favorite photos. If you are looking to make one yourself, there are tons of apps on the market to help you do so. Some are available only for iOS or Android users, while others are available to both, and some are also available for tablet, PC, or Mac desktop users.
In general, with slideshow apps, you get what you pay for. All of the apps on this list have a free version, but to unlock premium features and remove pesky things like watermarks or photo limits, you will probably need to download the paid versions. It's up to you to decide how much — if anything — you want to spend. Read on for our picks of the best slideshow apps available today.
Best Overall : PicPlayPost
- Price: $6.99 per month, $47.99 annually, or $99.99 lifetime purchase
- Free Trial: 14 days
- Platform: iOS, Android, Desktop
We chose PicPlayPost because it offers functionality and artistic options to showcase your photos.
Free trial to get started
Create a video of up to 30 minutes
Voice over options
Learning curve that may take some time
PicPlayPost has tons of features and allows you to overlay artistic layouts on your photos and videos using the slideshow path. It is available for both Android and iOS. They have integrated GIF stickers from Giphy and allows customizable text with font and animation. But the best features come with the pro version. Top features include creating movies up to 30 minutes long, sharing in HD, adding voice-over commentary to your video, and creating automatic slideshows where you don't have to do anything other than select your content.
PicPlayPost offers both a monthly subscription service and a one-time purchase. With so many features, it does have a learning curve. For the same reason, this app is easiest to use on a tablet or a large-screen phone.
PicPlayPost offers a 14-day free trial on their pro version with a $6.99 a month subscription fee. You can also pay $47.99 annually or make a one-time purchase for $99.99.
Best for iOS : SlideLab
We chose SlideLab because it offers the best experience for iOS users.
Optimized experience for iOS users
Variety of filters and music to choose from
Photos can only be in a slideshow for three seconds
Only available for iOS
SlideLab is made for square-format images, which makes it a great choice for Instagram photos. The photo editor itself is very high quality: there are different filters, transitions, and preset music to choose from, but most are only available in the paid version. You can easily rearrange the order of your photos once you upload them. You do not need to crop your photos if you do not want to, unlike many other apps, although the app only supports a square format ratio. You also can only set a photo to appear for a maximum of three seconds in the slideshow. Upload your videos to Instagram, Facebook, or Youtube directly from the app.
SlideLab is available for iOS only. Upgrade to the pro version for $4.99 to get full access. They also offer an unlocked transition option for $1.99, movements for $1.99, and remove the watermark for $1.99, making the full pro version a good deal.
Best for Special Effects : VivaVideo
VivaVideo offers some automated video services to help you create a finished product quickly.
Wide range of special effects
Free version to get started
Paid version necessary to access all features
Technical issues reported by some users
VivaVideo is an app available for both iOS and Android devices. The basic version of VivaVideo is free to use and download. When editing, you can choose between a "pro mode" for more flexibility and a "quick mode" for a faster and more automated version. The in-app camera allows you to take videos and apply more than 60 special effects while you do so. You can add transitions, sound effects, and even dub your video. If you leave the app, your edits will be automatically saved, and you can easily merge videos through the storyboard feature.
Unfortunately, the app's free version includes an intrusive watermark on your videos, advertisements, and a limit to five-minute slideshows. To remove these frustrations, it requires you to buy the pro version for $2.99.
Best for Pro Users : Movavi
We chose Movavi as a go-to tool for tech-savvy people.
Free version to learn the basics
Extensive video editing tools
Tricky for people that aren’t tech-savvy
Premium version required to unlock all the useful features
Movavi has ample options for editing slideshows, photos, videos, and more. It is available for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android users. It is entirely free, and Movavi’s video and audio editing give you a pro experience and the option to include high-quality effects and work with many different video formats. You can normalize the sound, record directly from your screen to capture video calls or other activities in real-time on your device, and even apply makeup digitally or retouch a photo with ease. There are also cool features like custom captioning.
If you want to move up from the free version, premium options start at $59.95, though some users have found the tools difficult to use if you are not tech-savvy.
Best for Beginners : Slideshow Lab
We chose Slideshow Lab because it offers easy-to-use tools that won’t overwhelm beginners.
Simple tools that anyone can use
Preset themes to get started
Annoying ads in free version
Can’t upload directly to social media
Only 12 photos per slideshow
Slideshow lab offers whimsical preset themes to choose from and an easy interface. They offer many motion templates for you to create a slideshow in different styles, including graphics from your favorite movies like the Minions and Spiderman. Whether it is memorable wedding photos or beautiful pictures from your trip, you can always find a template suitable for your occasion.
iOS users generally give rave reviews, although Android users report a few issues. You can only upload 12 photos per slideshow, and you can’t edit the images once they have been uploaded. You also can’t upload your own music or post your slideshow directly to social media; it must be downloaded to your device first.
This app is free with ads. To remove ads, the price is $1.99.
Best for Instagram Photos : MoShow
We chose MoShow because it is extremely compatible with Instagram.
Design enables vertical slideshows for Instagram
Built-in music options
Free option to get started
Premium version is relatively expensive
Limited slideshow options for free version
Want your pictures imported into a fun, vibrant slideshow with music? Give MoShow a try. It is available for Android and iOS and is perfect for creating slideshows for Instagram's newsfeed because it formats the video into a square. (Now, it also features a vertical format option that's perfect for Instagram stories.)
The free version of this app limits you to 30 seconds for a slideshow of square photos and 11 seconds for a slideshow of vertical photos, which is quite limiting. Overall, this will be tricky to use without investing in the pro version. The full MoShow app costs $5.99 a month or $35.99 a year.
Best Customization Features : Scoompa Video
Scoompa Video offers extensive customizations to help it stand out from the crowd.
Limited free options to get started
Highly customizable features
Cannot save slideshow without premium version
Cost every time you create a slideshow
Scoompa Video is a slideshow and video maker for Android with an intuitive interface with limited free options. You can easily import from your saved photos or the web, and Scoompa offers highly customizable slideshows. You can choose from hundreds of stickers to include in your design. Plus, you can import your own soundtrack. It offers easy gestures making the app easy to figure out and navigate. There are lots of text options, including dozens of fonts to choose from.
If you decide to customize something, you can modify a video even after you save it. However, saving is a perk of the paid version only: The free version only lets you share up to a minute and a half long slideshow and does not allow you to save your work. To remove the watermark, you will also need to pay.
In-app products range in price from $0.99 to $11.99 per item.
Although there are a wide range of slideshow apps out there, PicPlayPost offers the most functionality at a reasonable price. You’ll need to compare the features and costs of each app to decide for yourself.
Compare the Best Slideshow Apps
|App||Price||Free Trial||Slideshow Limits||System|
|$6.99 per month, $47.99 annually, or $99.99 lifetime purchase||14 days||30 minutes||iOS, Android, Desktop|
Best for iOS
|$4.99||Yes||Flexible duration times||iOS|
Best for Special Effects
|$2.99||Yes||Flexible duration times||iOS and Android|
Best for Pro Users
|$39.95||Yes||Flexible duration times||iOS, Android, Desktop|
Best for Beginners
|$1.99||Yes||12 photos per slideshow||iOS and Android|
Best for Instagram Photos
|$5.99 per month or $35.99 per year||Yes||30 seconds per slideshow||iOS and Android|
Best Customization Features
|$0.99 to $11.99 per item||Yes||Cannot save without premium version||Android|
To find the best slideshow apps, we started by creating a list of the most popular providers. Next, we closely evaluated each company based on a number of factors, including price, functionality, available systems, slideshow features, and more. Finally, we gave each provider a category based on what type of user it’s best for.