The Best Mobile Apps to Create a Video from Photos

Learn how to enjoy your photos as a video.

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Video editing can be a drawn-out affair, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most of us don’t want to sit around for hours turning our favorite photos into movies and memories, and luckily for us, there are plenty of mobile apps out there that help us do that with just a few taps of our phone. We’ve put together a list of mobile apps that create video clips from photos that you can use as movie files, letting you add music, filters and whatever else you desire to really make them memorable.

1. FotoPlay

Platforms: Android

The ridiculously popular video-making, photo-merging app has earned its place at the top among apps that create videos clips from photos. It seamlessly lets you merge photos with videos, music, effects, stickers, you-name-it, to create wonderfully cinematic memories from your favorite photos.

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Use stylish fade-ins, fade-outs and other snazzy effects to create smooth transitions between series of photos, then add the music you want to really capture the moment. (Maybe you could add the song that actually played when the photos were taken.) FotoPlay supports multiple aspect ratios – so whether you take photos vertically or horizontally, you’re covered.

The “Video FX” feature is really one to look out for, giving your videos that cinematic quality that takes them to the next level.

2. Integrated iOS Method (for Live Photos)

Platforms: iOS

Ever look at a sequence of live photos on your iPhone and think “Damn, that would make a cool video!” Well, you actually can do just that without the need for any third-party apps.

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First, navigate to your Live Photo. You can find them in the Photos app under “Albums -> Media Type -> Live Photos”.

Find the Live Photo you want to turn into a video, tap “Share” in the bottom-left corner, then tap “Save as Video”.

You’re done!

3. Photo Video Maker

Platforms: Android

One of the most popular photo-to-video apps on Android, Photo video maker is a vast treasure trove of features and possibilities for dissecting, experimenting and otherwise dallying with your photos.

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So what’s so good about it? First up, it has its own image enhancement and filtering tools, which means that you can prepare the images for your slideshow or video right there in the app. There are tons of effects, stickers and transition to choose from, as well as the option to add your own music of course.

You can tailor your videos right down to deciding how long each individual image stays on the screen, as well as embellishing each picture with a frame should you want it. There’s no limit to the number of photos you can use, and its friendly UI makes it easy for even non-tech-savvy users to splice together their own beautiful movies and montages.

4. Google Photos

Platforms: iOS, Android

Many of you already use Google Photos – and for good reason. Google Photos boasts a great photo management interface coupled with free unlimited storage (provided you don’t mind a little compression).

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In addition, Google Photos can automatically create slideshows and animations from your pictures. These slideshows revolve around special occasions or recent trips, with Google automatically selecting the photos based on data like location. While they were cool, users did not have the ability to manually select which photos they wanted to include in the slideshows. Until now.

Users can create movies on demand, selecting a theme like “Mother’s Day”, “Selfie” and “Doggie” to name a few, then they identify who should star in the production. Google Photos will automatically try and find the best photos and video clips. Furthermore, the app even sets your videos to music!

5. Magisto

Platforms: iOS, Android

Magisto markets itself as an intelligent editor that makes movie-making simple. Users just choose the style of film they think best suits their photos or footage. This helps Magisto determine your audience and purpose.

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For instance, Magisto will structure clips differently in a promotional video meant for social media compared to a wedding. Once the video style is chosen, users select which video clips or photos they want to appear in their film. Finally, users choose which music they want to use as a soundtrack.

Users then sit back and relax as Magisto works its magic. Magisto is super-easy to use, making it perfect for people who have no prior editing experience.

Furthermore, Magisto boasts social media integration for you to easily share your clips online. Magisto does offer a premium version which lifts some of the restrictions found in the freebie, most notably the ability to download your clips to play back on other devices, such as a PC or TV.

Now that you’re secure in how to create a video from your photos, do you want to secure your photos forever in other ways? See our list of the best apps to back up photos on Android. If you’re an iPhone owner, find out how to delete duplicate burst photos on iPhone.

Robert Zak
Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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