Instagram Slideshow: How to Make a Slideshow for Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular places to share photos. It makes sense, then, that many people wonder how they can create slideshows to sharing on the world's most popular photo-sharing site. Surprisingly, Instagram only has bare-bones support for slideshows in their software, so for something more special, you'll need third-party tools. In this post, we'll go over both options.

How to Make a Slideshow on Instagram

The easiest way to create a slideshow for Instagram is to use the built-in Instagram story slideshow functionality. This will allow you to group together a number of photos that your follows will then be able to flip through manually using arrows on either side of the photos. When most people think of a slideshow, they think of something a little more automated, so we'll cover how to do that as well.

Using Instagram Slideshow

When you tell the Instagram app that you'd like to share a photo, it will give you the option to select multiple files. Tapping on that option will allow you to select several pictures from your camera roll. After you've selected the photos that you want to create a slideshow from, the app will let you change the order of the pictures. Once the order is set, you can apply filters to them just as you would any other Instagram photo. When you share the results, your photos will be grouped together for easier browsing.

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Using Slideshow Software or a Video Editor

We can't give you a tutorial on every possible video editor and slideshow software product out there, but thankfully the process is very simple, and a brief, software-agnostic description should be enough to get you ready to create your first slideshow. The six major steps of creating one are listed below:

  1. Import your pictures — Before you can add your photos to a slideshow, you'll need to import them into the software. Programs differ on how to do this, but most of them let you drag and drop images into the editor window to import them.
  2. Set the display time — If you're using slideshow specific software, there should be a setting to set the length of time between images. Video editors will usually have a setting in the preferences to specify how long you'd like the default length of still images to be. You can also change the length of still images by manipulating the boundaries in the timeline of most video editors.
  3. Arrange your photos in the timeline — Once you know how to adjust the time of the photos, you can begin dragging them from your imported files list and into the timeline that will eventually become the slideshow.
  4. Add transitions — Slideshows with abrupt changes are not visually appealing. If your software allows, add some transitions between the photos to make the changes more smooth.

Making a Slideshow with Music

After learning how to make a basic slideshow and a fancier slideshow in the form of a video, you may be wondering how to make a slideshow with music on Instagram. Thankfully, your video editing software will make this easy. Some slideshow specific software supports it as well. To add music to your slideshow in a video editor, you only need to import the music track into the video and then drag and drop it onto the audio track of your slideshow's timeline. You may want to play around with the images' timing a bit or fade the music out early, so the length of the slideshow and the length of the music are in better sync.


Creating a slideshow on TikTok is a great way to spread the word about a new business or product, connect with your audience, or just to have a little fun with your friends. As TikTok has increased in popularity and more and more people are using it, it has become a great way to shake off boredom or simply share information. Through this guide, you can create stunning TikTok slideshows of anything from a product gallery to an information video--or simply put together a slideshow of recent photos from a vacation or special occasion. 

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