Slideshow on Your iPad: How to Set Up and Enjoy (part of the) Very Beginner Series

***an updated version of this post is available, here***

* Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series.

Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*


Remember the digital picture frames that were so popular several years ago? If you have an iPad, you may choose to leave that digital frame in the drawer that it’s probably been resting in, because your iPad is an awesome picture frame. Better, probably, than the dedicated version you have (had) and a LOT more fun.

When you first take your iPad out of the box, one of the Apps you will see on the home screen is called Photos and it shows on your screen as a sunflower. We are going to make our slideshow with this native App (although there are lots of others available in the App Store).

Once you have about a dozen photos on your iPad, you are ready to enjoy the show (although the more the better!). We will get it started, and look at several options along the way.

Touch the sunflower and open your photos app. You will see a number of photos tiled on the screen. Across the top you will notice the choices “photos” “albums” “events” “faces” and “places”. For the purpose of this demonstration, let’s choose “photos”.

Now look all the way over to the right and you will see the word “slideshow” (yes, it really is that easy!). Select “slideshow” and you will get a drop menu with several choices. First, you get to select from the transitions. Touch “transitions” and you will get several choices: dissolve, cube, ripple, wipe and orgami. Choose any one of these for now, you can come back and change it play with it later.

Your next option is “Play Music”. Slide this to “on” and a new “music” choice will appear. When you touch “music” you will be presented with all the music that you have on your iPad. Select something that you would like to listen to while you watch your pictures.

Once you have made these choices, touch “Start Slideshow” and sit back to enjoy the show. At any point if you want to stop it, just tap the screen and “photos” will appear in the upper left corner. Tap “photos” and you will be brought back to your starting place.

But you’re not done yet. There are a few other tweaks that you can do. Open Settings > Photos. Notice there are several setting choices for your slideshow. You can change the number of seconds that each slide stays on the screen, choose to repeat photographs, and opt to have the photos shuffled as they are viewed.

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