The Ultimate iPad Digital Photo Frame Guide

If you've kept your iOS up to date, you've probably noticed that picture frame mode is gone, but you can still use your iPad as a digital photo frame with the slideshow feature of the iOS Photos app. Here's your comprehensive, step-by-step guide to showing off your favorite photos using the slideshow feature, along with some other options for older iPads, and apps to let you fine-tune your photo displays.

Using Slideshow in Photos App (iOS 7 or Later)

Select an album for your iPad digital photo frame or create a new one.

To get started, open the Photos app and tap on Albums at the bottom of the screen. You can select an existing album, or create one specifically for your iPad photo frame slideshow. Once you select an album, you'll see "Slideshow" in the upper right of the screen. Tap there to get started. Once slideshow mode is running, you can tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the menu, then select "Options" in the lower right of the screen.

Setting up your iPad digital photo stream options.

There are five attractive theme options to choose from. You can also select music to play during the slideshow, either from the theme music options or from your own iTunes library. If you'd prefer no music, just select "none."

The final two settings are a slider to set the speed of how quickly the photos will transition from one to another, and a switch for whether or not you'd like your iPad digital photo stream to repeat.

Enjoy your iPad photo frame.

That's all there is to setting up iPad photo frame. It's now ready and waiting for when company comes to visit or when you just want to reminisce and enjoy your photos. As an aside, the slideshow will automatically adapt to portrait or landscape when you turn your iPad, regardless of the aspect ratios of your photos.

Also, if you have an Apple TV box, you can mirror your iPad photo slideshow to the big screen, including music. Just tap to reveal the menu and the TV icon will appear in the upper right of the screen.

For Older iPads or Older iOS Versions

If you have an older iPad that you'd like to repurpose as a digital picture frame, or a newer model that hasn't been updated to iOS 7 or later, you can use picture frame mode to accomplish the same thing. In the settings, turn the picture frame mode on and choose your transition and time options. Then when you tap on the flower icon from the lock screen, your picture frame slideshow will start. For more details, you can read our complete guide to iPad picture frame mode.

There are even more iPad photo frame options.

If you've set up your iPad photo frame and you want to fine-tune the way it looks, down to the last detail, or if you'd like to access photos from Flickr, Picasa or elsewhere on the Web, there are dozens of iPad photo frame apps from other developers. Check out our helpful guide to the highest rated digital photo frame apps for more options.

Dress up your old iPad to make it the ultimate digital picture frame.

You can use the instructions above to turn any iPad into a digital photo frame on the fly, but if you have a spare iPad lying around, you can breathe new life into it with iFrame and enjoy the ultimate digital picture frame. Any 10 inch iPad will do. Stand it up or hang it on the wall, keep it charged and running 24/7 and enjoy your photos every time you look at it. And, since the touch screen is accessible, you can also view calendars, world time, or even turn your iFrame into a personal weather station. It's super functional, classically beautiful and hand made in the U.S.A.

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