How to Put Pictures Side by Side on iPhone? [3 Quick Methods!]

Can you view two or more pictures side by side on your iPhone? Perhaps you want to compare images before an Instagram upload, create a simple collage, or are just curious to know which one came out better. While this may seem daunting, doing it is actually pretty simple.

Firstly, you can use the Photo Grid feature in the Shortcuts app. Then you have Google Photos to compare multiple images and create collages seamlessly. Moreover, third-party apps like Picsart can give you more flexibility when switching between images besides advanced edit options.

And the best part? All these methods are super easy to follow. Let’s explore them all and show you how to put the pictures side by side on an iPhone.

Method 1: Use Photo Grid from Shortcuts

The Apple Photos app on iPhones is a fantastic tool for organizing, editing, and sharing your precious memories. However, it’s such a shame that you can’t view multiple images together or create collages directlyOpens in a new tab. within the app like you can in most Gallery apps on Androids.

Don’t worry, though. There’s a solution. You can use the Shortcuts app to create collages easily. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch Shortcuts

We begin with launching the Shortcuts app. If you haven’t got it installed already, you must first download it from hereOpens in a new tab..

Launch Shortcuts

Step 2: Find the Photo Grid Feature

With the Shortcuts app open, locate the Photo Grid feature from the Gallery tab. However, if it’s nowhere in sight for some reason, you have to search for it manually from the Search bar at the top of your screen.

Find the Photo Grid Feature

Step 3: Open the Photo Grid Shortcut

The Photo Grid feature should show the “Add Shortcut” option at the bottom of the screen. Tap that to create a new shortcut before going back to the Shortcuts app’s main interface.

Open the Photo Grid Shortcut

Step 4: Select the Photos to Put Side by Side

Now tap the Photo Grid shortcut in the Shortcuts app and start selecting the photos you want to view at once. Ideally, you should choose two for side-by-side viewing, but you are free to choose as many photos as you like.

Pick Your Photos

Step 5: Tap “Add” And Wait

Once you’re done selecting, tap on “Add” from your screen’s top right and wait for a few seconds while the app prepares your collage for a preview.

Tap Add And Wait

Step 6: Save Your Collage

And finally, once the preview is ready, your college is set to be saved on the device. To do this, just tap on “Image” at the top and select your preferred save location.

Save Your Collage

Method 2: Create a Collage with Google Photos

The Shortcuts app gives you a quick enough way to view two photos side by side. However, it may not be your best bet when you want to compare one image with multiple ones subsequently before saving the final collage. In that case, Google Photos can be your friend. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch Google Photos

First, open the Google Photos app. If you don’t have it on your iPhone already, download and install it from hereOpens in a new tab..

Step 2: Pick Your Photos

Google Photos is just another photo gallery as your native Photos app. So, once it displays the gallery interface, you can long-tap to pick your photos as usual to view them side by side. You can choose up to six images.

Pick Your Photos

Step 3: Add to Collage

After choosing your photos, tap on the plus (“+”) sign from the bottom of the screen. From the following pop-up, choose “Collage” and the design you want for your collage. For side-by-side views, the two-column grid works best.

Add to Collage
From the following pop-up, choose Collage

Step 4: Replace Photos

Once you choose a design, a preview screen will appear. Now, if you want to replace one or more photos from the collage screen, all you have to do is tap on that particular image and select the “Replace” option from the screen followed. Tap “Done” when you’ve got what you wanted.

Once you choose a design, a preview screen will appear
Replace Photos

Step 5: Edit and Save

Google Photos gives you several options to edit your collage, including numerous layouts and crops. So, edit as you prefer and save the collage by tapping “Save.”

Method 3: Switch between Photos More Effortlessly with Picsart

Replacing one photo while keeping the other is undoubtedly a handy feature in Google Photos.

Still, it often isn’t the most convenient option when you want to preview several images side by side in quicker successions. After all, you have to go back to the gallery view each time you replace a picture. And if that’s your case, Picsart might be just what you need.

This feature-rich photo editing tool lets you view multiple images side by side while displaying all other images in your gallery at the bottom. Hence, switching between multiple photos becomes much easier.

Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Download and Launch Picsart

First, download the Picsart appOpens in a new tab. on your iPhone from the App Store. And once the installation is complete, launch it.

Download and Launch Picsart

Step 2: Choose the Collage Design

Now, you should see a plus icon (“+”) at the bottom of your screen. Tap it to bring up the “Create” panel and scroll down to find “Collages.” From there, you can choose the side-by-side view from the numerous available collage designs.

Choose the Collage Design

Step 3:  Pick Your Photos

Choosing the collage design should bring up two images from your gallery in a side-by-side view. Just tap on any of these images and choose what you want to compare.

select Your Photos

You won’t have to go back every time you switch between photos, since all your gallery photos will be displayed right at the bottom of your screen.

Step 4: Edit and Save

Once you’re happy with your side-by-side collage, tap “Next” from the top right corner to bring up tons of editing and filtering options. You can play around or skip it to go ahead and save your collage by tapping the download icon (“↓”) at the top.

Edit and Save
Edit and Save 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have further queries regarding putting pictures side by side on an iPhone? Check out these answers to some common questions people frequently ask over the internet.

Can you put two pictures side by side on the iPhone gallery?

Unfortunately, the Apple Photos app or the iPhone gallery doesn’t feature any collage option directly within it. However, you can use the Shortcuts app to create collages like we’ve shown above. When the process is completed, your photos will appear in the gallery.

What are some third-party apps for creating side-by-side collages on an iPhone?

Our favorite is Picsart. However, you can also use Canva, Layout, Instagram, Grid Post, and similar apps for the job. Besides, several instant messaging apps like FB Messenger and Telegram show the uploaded images side-by-side. So, if you’re in some hurry, they can come in handy.

Can I adjust the size and positioning of the pictures within the side-by-side layout?

You can’t make adjustments during the creation of your college through the Shortcuts app. However, it’s possible in Picsart and Grid Post, among several other third-party apps. Most of these options require you to tap-select an image and drag it with your fingers to adjust.


So, there you have it – three effective methods for viewing photos side by side on your iPhone. Whether you need a quick comparison, a polished collage, or an advanced preview and switching function, these specific approaches must have you covered.

Give them a try to see which one works best for your particular needs. And remember, there’s always room to experiment with different apps and techniques. So, do keep exploring and have fun comparing your favorite moments on your iPhone.

Do you have any other favorite methods or apps for putting photos side by side on your iPhone? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Mohammad Tarekul Islam

Hi there! This is Tarekul Islam and I oversee all the blog posts published on Techiaid, craft them to reader demands, and ensure you, as a reader, get your questions answered the best way possible. As somewhat of a tech geek myself, I often find it surprising how rapidly Apple has evolved into one of the best tech companies. And I'm more than happy to help you out if you're facing any issues with your Apple device.

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