How to Create a Slideshow With Google Photos

Show off your favorite pics with a Google Photo slideshow

With Google Photos, you can back up your photos, arrange photos and movies into albums, and even detect faces in photos so you can find the ones you want to show off to friends and family. It also has a great way of sharing photos via a slideshow.

Whether you want to share photos of your dog on your phone or the new baby on your Google Home Hub, Google Photos lets you make a simple slideshow that shows off your favorite images. The feature is built into the photo albums in Google Photos.

Information in this article applies to the Google Photos website and mobile app.

  1. In Google Photos, tap Albums in the sidebar and select the album that contains the photos you want in a slideshow.

    Google Photos album view

    Alternatively, you can create a new album specifically for your slideshow.

  2. Select the photos you want to appear in the sideshow by clicking, pressing or tapping on them. Continue making selections until you have chosen all the photos you want to appear in the slideshow.

    Album of dog photos showing one photo selected

    If you want to show off every photo in an album, bypass selecting specific photos and go straight to the three-dot icon to trigger a slideshow.

    When you choose photos for a slideshow, you can only select from photos in one album.

  3. Select the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

    Selection of photos with the three-dot icon highlighted
  4. Choose Slideshow from the drop-down menu.

    The Slideshow selection in the three-dot menu
  5. The slideshow shows all the chosen images in the album and starts automatically with a 5-second fade between photos.

Viewing a Google Photos Slideshow

While you can choose the photos that appear in a Google Photos slideshow, you can't otherwise customize it. The slideshow starts automatically, and you can't change the amount of time a photo is shown before fading into the next one. You also can't add or change music. All you can do is choose the album and the first photo of the slideshow.

Additionally, you can't change the order of the photos. If you create a new album for your slideshow, then the photos display from oldest to newest no matter what order you use when adding them to the album. You can't share your slideshow directly. You can show it off on a device that has Google Photos, or cast it to a Chromecast to show off your photos on a TV, but those are the only options.

This means that if you want a slideshow with all the bells and whistles, you want to look elsewhere. The Google Play Store has several alternatives available that allow you to add music or fine-tune the settings of your slideshow.

It's also worth remembering you won't be saving your slideshow separately. It works directly out of the album your slideshow photos are stored in (which is why you may want to create a new album for your slideshow).

If all that you really need is something that is simple and easy to use, then the slideshow from Google Photos is the best option. You can set up a slideshow in just seconds.