Facebook Slideshow: How to Make a Slideshow on Facebook [Quick, Easy Videos]

If you want to know how to create a Facebook Slideshow then you're in the right place, because this post will show you how to make a slideshow on Facebook in just a few steps!  

I also share with you some quick and easy alternatives to the Facebook Slideshow tool – on Instagram and Facebook, so that you have many creative options! 

Facebook Slideshow – Create Quick Videos from Images
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Video is huge, there is no doubt.

And Facebook LOVES video. It's widely accepted that Facebook is pushing video a lot on their platform, so you'll get good reach (and most likely engagement) on video content.

With all the tools and apps these days, we have a lot of choice for creating video… even if the idea of video freaks you out.

But it can also have a reverse effect of overwhelming us when we just need to create something simple.

Facebook Slideshow is a great way to create videos on Facebook. But if you're wondering where it has gone, don't worry… it's just that the layout for creating a post has changed slightly.  So I decided to update this post and show you how to find it and then add a few more tips in, seeing as the post has been so popular.

This post takes you step-by-step through how to create a video of up to 50 seconds using this fun tool. As well as some extra recommendations for creating quick, easy videos.

Note that a small number of people have reported that they are not able to access this feature over the pats year. I have checked on this with members of my community in a range of countries as recently as July, 2019. I can confirm that most people still have this feature on desktop. But we are monitoring it in case the situation changes. As you know, the Facebook team change features as often as they change their underwear! 

How to Create a Quick and Easy Facebook SlideShow Video

Creating a Facebook Slideshow is as easy as opening up Facebook on your Desktop, going to your Facebook Page and starting to “Write Something” on your page. Here's how to do it:

1  Choose “Photo/Video” on your Facebook Page

Click to start a status update as you usually would. You'll see something like this asking you to write a post:

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You can reveal more options by clicking the 3 dots on the right hand side. As you will see, it's not just the Facebook Slideshow you can create. Facebook gives you a bunch of great options, like:

  • Photo or Video
  • Check in
  • Advertise Your Business
  • Get Messages
  • Tag a Product
  • List
  • Poll
  • Write Note… and more!

But what you want to choose is: Photo/Video. Click on it!

Now the easy part starts (trust me, it really is easy… as easy as joining the dots).

Please note that these options have changed from time to time, so it may look slightly different and you need to be on desktop not mobile. 

2.  Choose “Create Slideshow”

Facebook will give you a bunch of choices again in a new menu, including:

  • Uploading Photos/Video
  • Create Photo Album
  • Create a Photo/Video Carousel
  • Create Slideshow
  • Create an Instant Experience

We want to choose Create Slideshow as follows:

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Don't see these options? Check that you are not on your Facebook Profile instead of your Facebook Page. This is only available on your Facebook Page.  

Now Facebook will – again, easily – lead you through the steps to create your Slideshow.

3  Decide on Your Video Elements

This part is fun. Before you add your photos, you need to make a few simple decisions about a few key video elements.

You can see them below – and don't worry, you can edit them again later.  Just choose what you think works best for now. Firstly you will need to set up your selections in the Settings Tab, including:

  • Aspect ratio (the size of your final video) – you can choose from original, square (1:1), rectangle (16:9)  or vertical (2:3).
  • Duration of each slide – you can choose from 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 seconds for each slide on your Facebook Slideshow.
  • Transition – you can choose from having no transition or to fade your transition.

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Facebook has made it super simple to create a video by giving you simple choices for all the elements! There's just one section that has changed here. It's the:

  • Music – you can choose from a number of music styles.

Music used to be in the same menu but now it has changed to a different tab as you will see in the image above.  Choose that tab, and then make your music selections.   Here's how your choices look:

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Do you see what has changed? Previously you could only choose the tracks that Facebook offered for your Facebook Slideshow. Which wasn't so bad in a way as you didn't have to choose from the entire Spotify catalogue and a thousand transitions.

However, now you can upload your own music tracks which is pretty handy! Whichever way you go, it's super simple and designed to help you to get a video “up” .

Warning:  Make sure you have the licenced rights to use music in your video if you intend to upload music into your slideshow and then broadcast it publicly. This is really important so you are covered for copyright. 

Put simply, Facebook wants you to create video, so this process is very dot-to-dot and easy to follow without instructions!

It's important to note that you do NOT have to finalise these decisions now.  Just choose the elements you think will work and then start adding images. You can edit before publishing. For me, it was a no-brainer to choose “square” for this project, as I wanted to recycle some old Instagram tip images I had previously posted.

(Full disclosure: I did have to go into Canva and create 2 or 3 extra images, but most of the work had already been done for me because I was using re-purposed images).

Note:  Your size will be dictated (usually) by the images you want to use.  The rest can be changed easily.  

4.  Upload Your Images in Order

Now the fun part happens.  You can start uploading your images (up to 10 of them)!

This is as simple as clicking on the “+” button and choosing “Upload Photo” from your computer or “Take Photo” if you are taking photos to add.

Upload your photos to the Facebook Slideshow editor
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Simply upload your photos

Facebook also suggests images from your timeline, cover photos, your photos from your Facebook Page….but usually you will upload your own!

Simply upload the photos in the order you want them to appear in the Facebook Slideshow.

5  Test Your Facebook Slideshow Settings

Once you have all your images uploaded, you can preview the video to see what your Slideshow will look like.

In this example, I uploaded 8 slides but you can add up to 10 in total (the slideshow requires 3-10 slides).

The slides can range from 0.5 second to 5 seconds duration per image.

To watch the video preview you just click the play button, and you'll see how it will play when published:

Uploading images to create a Facebook Slideshow
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Upload your images in the order you want them to appear.

Simply edit any image or element that you want before publishing.    Note:  You can't edit it after you publish so double-check it's how you want it.  If you need to delete and replace any slides, you will need to delete all the slides back to that point.   It doesn't take long to upload them again, though.

After viewing the Facebook Slideshow I had created, I decided that the text slides needed a little longer in the slideshow, so I changed them from 4 seconds to 5 seconds in duration.

When you've checked everything and you are sure you are ready to publish, just click Create Slideshow. 

6  Create Your SlideShow

It will take a few seconds for your video to render (depending on how many images you have and the duration).

Then simply add a description to your video.

You will also be prompted to add a title if you want to. This is highly recommended as your video will list in your “Video Section” on your Facebook Page,  so people can find it easily.

Finalise your Facebook Slideshow
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Finalise your Facebook Slideshow

You can also download the video as follows, to use on other platforms:

Download your Video for later - Facebook Slideshow
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Download your video for later!

Now I can take this video that I created with images from Instagram, and post it on both Facebook and Instagram.

It's re-purposing bliss!

7  Publish.. and enjoy the views!

All that is needed now is for you to publish your video. Here's mine:

Awesome right? Now that you know where to find it again, you can use Facebook Slideshow too! You now know how to make a Slideshow on Facebook!

Some other SlideShow Tips

While we are here, let's take a look at some tips for other ways to make slideshow-like videos using some easy tools:

  1. Use Instagram SlideShow instead. It's another fun tool!
  2. Create Slideshow-like Videos and share on Facebook using the tools below.

You can use some of your old content to do this, and I'll show you a hot tip for that below too:

1. Use Instagram Slideshow

Instagram Slideshow posts open up a lot of creative potential for businesses to tell their brand story.

They allow you to go beyond choosing just one photo to post on your Instagram feed.  With tools like Instagram Stories and Instagram Slideshow you can get really creative.

Find out more about how to use Instagram Slideshow to combine up to 10 photos and video in the following blog post. Click the image to read it:

Hot to use Instagram Slideshow - 10 Creative Ways to Stand Out.
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2. Create SlideShow-like Videos

This involves creating videos where you take a bunch of image and then flick through them slowly (or more rapidly) to create a video. Just like the Facebook Slideshow tool! To do this I recommend the following tools:

  1. Wave.Video – this is my go-to tool for creating videos that include photos and text.
  2. GIFs – use Giphy to add a series of photos to the tool and convert them into a GIF. These an be easily converted to video using a tool like EzGif.

These types of slideshow videos can be added to Facebook or Instagram in video format.

Hot Tip: If you use wave.video, then use the resize tool to convert your square video to portrait and post it as an Instagram Story too!

Whatever tool you use to create video (Facebook slideshow, video or otherwise), there is potential for you to create easy video with existing (or new) content, so get creative with it!

Over to You

Have you used Facebook Slideshow to create engaging videos before?

Facebook Slideshow – Create Quick Videos from Images (follow these easy steps!).
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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a "Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About in 2019". Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
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  1. Lillian De Jesus

    Awesome, Donna! I’ve been wanting to give the FB slideshow a whirl. Thanks so much for the demo. I can’t wait to use it. 🙂 BTW, thanks for the shout out about Stencil in the email!

    • Donna Moritz

      Cheers Lillian – no worries and yes, try it out….. you’ll definitely like it. This post seems long but in reality, once you have the images you can get a video up in minutes!

  2. Laura Christianson

    I’ve done a few of these. They are easy to create, fun, and they get excellent distribution in the News Feed. Plus, you can set the slideshow as a “featured video” on your Page, and give it a bit of extra oomph. You can also run them as ads.

    • Donna Moritz

      Glad you like it! They are definitely fun + an easy way to create video which always givers great reach. I like the FB ad option too – you can easily boost the posts that start getting good organic engagement!

      • Laura Christianson

        You can also create slideshow video ads directly in Power Editor.

  3. Jane Travis

    What an amazing idea, Donna! I can think of lots of ideas for using this! Thank you for the simple instructions.

    • Donna Moritz

      You’re very welcome Jane – let me know what you come up with. I’ll definitely be playing with it a lot too….

  4. Jenny Pim

    Donna this is amazing thank you so much for the detailed explanation. I’m off to try this now!

    • Donna Moritz

      That’s what I like to hear! Have a great week Jenny!

  5. Claudette Andrie

    Hi, I’ve just used this feature over the last week. But just wondering if you know how to edit the images in the slideshow once it’s been published. There is an image I want to delete but couldn’t find the option so I ended up deleting the whole slideshow and starting again. With my second slideshow the images move to fast and I want to edit it to 2 sec but again I can’t seem to find how to edit the slideshow once it’s been published. Would appreciate your help.

    • Donna Moritz

      Hi Claudette – unfortunately this is a pretty simple app, and as I recommended above (and you probably learned the hard way like I did the first time) you need to check your slideshow thoroughly before publishing as I can’t see a way to edit the images once they are uploaded and published – you would need to start again. But then, most videos uploaded to Facebook can’t be “edited” after you upload them so it really isn’t that unusual. Saying that, I realised I had a typo on one of the slides and because I checked it thoroughly before hitting publish, I caught the error. Then all I had to do was delete a few, re-upload and it was a quick fix. You have to delete all the images back to the one you want to fix though, which is a bit of a hassle, but again, they don’t take long to upload again. So that’s my best advice, double check before publishing.

  6. Simon Zaku

    This post got me writing, Donna!

    I’ve never heard about Facebook slideshare. All thanks to you. This feature/tool will go a long way to help.

    You can also repurpose the downloaded slideshare video to other platforms like Youtube & Instagram (as you said) binging more eyes balls & traffic to you work.

    Added this to my things-to-do for my upcoming blog’s Facebook page.

    Thanks again, Donna!

    Simon Zaku

    • Donna Moritz

      Hey Simon – I think you will love Facebook Slideshow – it’s so easy to use and the end result is the thing that helps with Facebook Reach – video. I agree that the download function is very handy – I didn’t expect to be able to download it, so it was a pleasant surprise. Enjoy playing with it!

  7. Mark Traphagen

    When talking about captions, you said, “If you are taking in your video…” can you add a narration? I didn’t see that in your instructions. Thanks!

    • Donna Moritz

      Hey Mark – thanks for the heads up. I have actually removed that section as the caption option doesn’t seem to show up now (I just re-tested) and there is no facility to add video – only photos. When I first wrote it I still had to test the final uploads and forgot to delete that section after. Thanks for letting me know. It seems that it’s only photos for now, but the good news is that we can now do Facebook live from desktop from that same initial menu. Good news!

      • Mark Traphagen

        Thanks! That’s what I thought, but was hoping I’d missed something.

        • Donna Moritz

          haha no you didn’t miss anything I just forgot to remove it – I was hopeful at the time as video would be great… but I do like the simplicity of being able to just add a bunch of photos and produce a video Facebook is happy to give reach to. Thanks Mark.

  8. Roger C. Parker

    Dear Donna: fascinating. I was going to ask you how and when you can add an audio narration, but I just saw Mark’s comment, and your response. Thanks for keeping us informed with all the options we have available!

    • Donna Moritz

      Glad you like it and yes, it’s just visuals with Facebook’s choice of music for now. But that’s a good thing as it is simple to use!

  9. Don Karp

    Thanks, Donna. I don’t find the slideshow option in my personal fb page. Maybe I need a business one? What’s the advantage of this over just creating a slideshow and then uploading it?

    • Donna Moritz

      Hey Don, yes it’s only on business pages. If you run a business and market on Facebook you should be using a business page and not purely your profile. And you can run ads through a business page, get insights etc. If you post to Facebook from Slideshare it’s fine but Facebook will not give it as much reach (push it out to as many people) as it will do it’s own native video content. Video uploaded natively to FB including their own slideshows are given a lot more reach… Hope that helps!


    Oh my, Donna, you got my mind going ninety to nothing. I can’t wait to get home and try it out. Thank you for writing this. So Exciting.

  11. Celeste Bowden

    Donna, how do you download the slideshow, if it’s still sitting in your ‘scheduled’ list?

    • Donna Moritz

      Hey Celeste – Obviously Facebook has this tool to post on Facebook so first and foremost you need to publish it. If you want to get the download immediately the best thing I can suggest is to publish it immediately the download after you have published it. I do not believe you can download it until you hae published it, so if you are going to schedule it you will have to wait till it is publsihed then download it (it’s a drop down on the right hand side top corner of the video when it is published). Hope that helps.

      • Celeste Bowden

        Thanks Donna!

  12. Tami Anderson

    I have created some content and posted it to my Facebook Page, however, when trying to “boost” the post it is rejected. Do you have any good advice for creating posts that won’t get rejected?

    • Donna Moritz

      Hi Tami – that’s kind of like “how long is a piece of string” as there can be many reasons for a facebook ad being rejected. It’s not really the scope of this post (especially if it is an image) but the most common reason is for it having too much text on the visual. They removed the restriction but it still impacts on reach etc. But really I can’t say. They usually give you a reason though so I would reach out to them.

  13. Monica MacLellan

    I must be living on another planet. NONE of your opening instructions include any of this on MY facebook page ! “””Open up your Facebook Page and you will see this selection of icons sitting below the “Write Something” field where you would normally create a status update.”””

    You’ll see something like this: Help People Find your Business //Share Photo or Video///Get messages !!!!
    This does not appear anywhere ! Is it because I do not have Windows 10 ?

    • Donna Moritz

      Hi Monica… are you on a desktop – it’s not something you can create on a mobile. If you are on a desktop and not seeing it, then I am really not sure. Maybe there is a glitch or you are not seeing it where you are, but I haven’t had anyone not see the options before. Sorry I can’t help more with that one.

  14. Elna Moller

    I have this option on a page i manage. I could also use this twice in a group i created, but then the option disappeared?
    It is, however, still available on the page i manage.
    How do i get it back on the group…?

    • Donna Moritz

      Not sure sorry Elna – I have only used it on my page so that’s what I am referring to here, not groups. It’s not in my groups, and Facebook may have been playing with settings and had it show up in groups, as they change things all the time. Sorry, can’t help you with that one.

  15. David Cooper

    Thank you so much for your clear explanation, Donna!! … I’d wasted a couple of hours yesterday going round in circles, but with your guidance it took just a few minutes!! ??

    • Donna Moritz

      This makes me happy to hear David – always great to know that what you write helps someone and I am definitely happy to hear you avoided going around in more circles ;o)

      • David Cooper

        Well deserved … Yours is the only site I could find that states we need to set up the slide show from a desktop. I started off by trying to do it on an iPad mini!! … Anyway, all’s well and thanks again … 🙂

  16. Kimberly Kirby

    I don’t get all those options. I get photo, music & title. how can I get those options please

    • Donna Moritz

      Hi Kimberly – sorry I am not sure without seeing what you are talking about, but I can still see all the options on my facebook page, as per above. Make sure you are on your Facebook Page and on a desktop (not mobile). Hope that helps .If you definitely are not seeing any of what is on the screenshots, perhaps submit a report to Facebook.

  17. dariaaa3

    Can you use a slideshow without putting any money behind it? AKA organic posts utilizing this format?

    • Donna Moritz

      Yes, it’s a free feature on Facebook. Whether or not you promote it with an ad is entirely optional – hope that helps.

  18. Jeejo Tingbo

    Is there any hack or trick to add more than 10 images to the slideshow??

    • Donna Moritz

      Hey Jeejo – as far as I am aware you can only do 10 – if you want something more beefed up I would go with a tool like Wave – http://www.sociallysorted.com.au/wave or Animoto. FB Slideshow tool is really just a basic level so there are some things it is great for and others you’d be better off using another video tool for it.


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