Creating slideshows in the Photos app in iOS has been a great way to show off photos while on-the-go or if you want to use photos on your device as part of a presentation with an Apple TV. With iOS 9, Apple has added a new themes and slideshow options. Here's how to use these features.
Create a slideshow with the Photos app
- Open the Photos app and navigate to a set of photos you'd like to add to the slideshow.
- Tap the Select button and begin selecting the photos you'd like to include in the slideshow.
- Tap the Share button in the toolbar.
- Tap the Slideshow option (Figure A).
You will immediately see the slideshow begin to play (Figure B). You can rotate your iOS device to portrait or landscape modes, and the slideshow will adapt to your device's current orientation.
Customize the slideshow
If you wish to select a different theme, background music, or adjust the speed of the photos in the slideshow, single-tap on the playing slideshow and select the Options button (Figure C). You can choose: a new theme (the type of theme controls how the photos are positioned and shown in the slideshow), the music (or select No Music), whether the slideshow will repeat once it reaches the end of the selected photos, and the speed of the photos.
Enable AirPlay for the slideshow
If you want to play your slideshow on the big screen such as an Apple TV connected to a larger display, you can easily do this by enabling AirPlay in the Control Center.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, select AirPlay, and select your favorite AirPlay device before playing the slideshow; now when it starts a slideshow, it will use AirPlay to display the slideshow. Or, start up AirPlay during a slideshow already in progress by single-tapping the slideshow and pressing the AirPlay button to select an AirPlay device.
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Cory Bohon is an indie developer, creating both iOS and OS X applications at Cocoa App (his own company), MartianCraft, and for various other clients. As a part of full disclosure, he does not write about any software that he has created or has helped to create through these outlets.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite technology part-time since 2007. He runs a development blog named ObjDev when he isn’t writing about consumer tech.