Facebook Slideshow is back with a twist! If you’re wondering where the Facebook Slideshow video options went – you’re in the right place. Stick with me, because in this completely updated post, I share how you can create the Facebook Slideshow posts we all love – with an easy workaround.
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 for creating carousel and slideshow posts.
BY DONNA MORITZ | UPDATED 29 JANUARY, 2021
I’m excited to say that Facebook Slideshow is still possible! We thought it had gone away but you’re still able to create them. With one quick workaround. But first…
Where did Facebook Slideshow go?
I can’t explain what a relief it is to find this workaround. I’ve been getting asked by many of you about the Facebook Slideshow feature for the past year or two. At first it went away for some people but not all. So it was hard to field questions as I was still seeing it as an option on my Facebook Page (as were many of my readers)
… but some of you weren’t. Bummer.
Then the inevitable happened. Facebook Slideshow went away totally from our newsfeed options. Poof!
This was super frustrating as I want you to have up-to-date information but many were coming to this post looking for “facebook slideshow” and “how to make a video on Facebook” so I just accepted it was gone and added in some alternative options to this post (which I have still kept at the bottom of the page).
Video is huge, there is no doubt. So even if Facebook took away Facebook Slideshow, I wanted to give you options when you arrived at this article. And I was sure that Facebook would come up with an alternative, eventually.
Or we would fine a sneaky hack!
So l’m glad we’ve found a way to still do quick Slideshow videos. I owe the discovery of this hack to one of my Facebook Group members, Mboso Sampson (Facebook Ads consultant), who posted a link to the steps in our group. Thanks Mboso!
Add this trick to your toolkit for creating video on Facebook. 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. Facebook Slideshow is just one SIMPLE way of creating videos from images. So let’s take a look at how it works (the new way!).
How to Create a Quick and Easy Facebook SlideShow Video
Creating a Facebook Slideshow video is easy if you follow these steps (note they have changed). What’s the key difference?
You can’t create the slideshow from your Facebook Page.
You need to do it via Ads Manager.
Yep. Facebook didn’t take away or delete the Slideshow feature. They just moved it to where they want it to be used – to create ads. But you can still use it without creating an ad.
Note: I can’t guarantee this will work on all accounts as…. as you know, the Facebook team change features as often as they change their underwear! But I will try to keep a check on it. If you notice that this does not work for you please leave a comment below. Here’s how it works:
1 Go to Facebook Ads Manager
From the start, the process is different. You can NOT create a Facebook Slideshow carousel video from your Facebook Page. You need to go to Ads Manager. Go to this link to get started.
2. Choose Page Posts Option
Once you have opened Facebook Ads Manager, click the 9-dot icon in the top left corner:
Scroll down and choose Page Posts Option.
3. Create your Facebook Slideshow Post
Then click “Create Post”. (It’s highlighted in Blue at the time of writing this, so it’s hard to miss). This process is very similar to creating a post on your newsfeed, so it should seem familiar!
Once you click the blue button, you will see something like this image below, prompting you to create your post. Be sure to check you have the correct Facebook Page chosen if you have more than one.
Then choose “Photo/Video” from the top menu.
4. Choose ‘Create Slideshow’
Once you choose Photo/Video, you will see that it’s not just the Facebook Slideshow you can create. Facebook gives you a bunch of great options, as follows. These may look familiar if you’ve ever created a Facebook Slideshow on your newsfeed:
You’ll see a lot of old familiar options like:
- Photo or Video
- Multiple videos
- Create Photo Album
- Create a Photo Carousel
- Create Slideshow (this is the one we’re looking for!).
- Create an Instant Experience. (to be honest I haven’t checked this out, but it sounds like fun!).
And of course there is some early ad-set-up stuff at the bottom. But for now, all you have to focus on is clicking the button “Create Slideshow”.
Now the easy part starts (trust me, it really is easy… as easy as joining the dots).
Again, layout and steps may change from time to time (or Facebook may even take this away – gah!). I hate writing this, but you know… it’s Facebook, and anything is possible. But let’s stay positive and create our Facebook Slideshow (woot!).
5. Decide on your Facebook Slideshow Video Elements
Once you click Create Slideshow, you will be able to choose 3-10 photos to create a video. Just like we have always done on the newsfeed. You’re going to add your images and set your preferences.
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.
Note that none of these functions have a lot of editing options. The idea here is to make it simple for you to create a Facebook Slideshow video to post on your Facebook Page. I have other tool options below if you want more editing options.
As you can see, you can choose from a few music options. Not extensive, but for many small businesses this is enough!
Also did you notice? You can also upload your own track but please (please) heed this 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.
The Facebook music menu options give you the chance to check your recently uploaded tracks as well as choose music by genre (ie Energetic, Inspirational, Fun, Trustworthy, Modern).
Whichever way you go, it’s super simple and designed to help you to get a video “up”. Facebook wants you to create video, so this process is STILL very dot-to-dot and easy to follow without instructions!
Note: Your size will be dictated (usually) by the images you want to use. The rest can be changed easily.
6. Upload your Slideshow images
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. Here are my 7 images, uploaded and in order ready to create the Slideshow:
As in the past when we used the Slideshow feature on our Facebook Pages, Facebook Ads Manager also suggests choice of images. You can choose 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.
Check your settings for Size/aspect ration (in this case I went with square), Image duration (in this case i went with 4 seconds as I needed enough time for people to read each slide) and transition (I went with fade).
7. Preview your Facebook Slideshow Video:
Once you have all your images uploaded, and your settings chosen, you can preview the video to see what your Slideshow will look like.
To watch the video preview you just click the play button, and you’ll see how it will play when published!
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 to render. If you need to delete and replace any slides, you will need to delete all the slides back to that point. If you need to do this, don’t panic. It doesn’t take long to upload them again.
When you’ve checked everything and you are sure you are ready to publish, just click the blue Create Slideshow button at the bottom of the window.
8. Create (Finalise) Your Facebook Slideshow
It will take a few seconds for your video to render (depending on how many images you have and the duration).
- Add a description to your video.
- Choose “Newsfeed” as the posting option (again, don’t worry, you will not be setting an ad).
- Check your post is ready.
- Choose “Share Now” blue button at the bottom of the screen.
Now your post will be shared to your Facebook Page!
IMPORTANT: You won’t see the video come up immediately in Facebook Ads Manager or your Facebook Page, so don’t panic if you don’t see it immediately. This process takes approximately 1 – 1.5 minutes.
Go and check that your video has published. Success! Here is the published video on my Facebook Page:
9. Add Your Title
I recommend that you click on your finished video and click Edit Video to add a title as follows. This will help with organisation and listing in your “Video Section” on your Facebook Page, so people can find it easily when searching your videos.
Also add tags so that your videos can be found more easily in search on Facebook, as follows:
10. Enjoy the Views
You’re done! Awesome right? Now that you know where to find Facebook Slideshow features again, you can use it to your heart’s content. Hopefully that puts an end to the mystery for a while!
Here’s my final video:
You can also click on the video (click the triple dots in the top right hand corner of the video) to download the video – and then post it on other platforms.
So, 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!
Again, at this stage you don’t have to create an ad to post to your Facebook Page. The steps for this workaround have changed slightly over the past months, but they continue to let you post without creating an actual ad.
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 (or Instagram Carousel posts)
Instagram Slideshow posts open up a lot of creative potential for businesses to tell their brand story.
It allows 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. And the best part about Slideshow or Carousel posts, is that they count as engagement for the Instagram Algorithm (ie if your followers engage with your content on Carousel posts, Instagram will show them more of your content).
Great topics for Instagram Carousel posts are How-to posts, stats, step-by-step, behind the scenes and more.
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:
2. Create SlideShow-like Videos with other Video Tools
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:
- Wave.Video – this is my go-to tool for creating videos that include photos and text.
- 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!
3. Get Creative with Video and Upload it to Facebook
I know that a lot of people were previously “stuck” on the fact that Facebook had taken our Facebook Slideshow feature away. And now that we know we can use it another way, we can relax a little.
But the reality is that Facebook Slideshow is just a fancy way of creating video for Facebook. If you want to create Video and you’re stuck for ideas, then check out my mega-guide for video ideas (including a free download containing all 99 ideas + tools!).
That’s a Wrap for Facebook Slideshow Video
Whatever tool you use to create video (Facebook slideshow, video or otherwise), there is SO much 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? Were you upset that it went away? Excited that we’ve found it again?
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.