How to make a side-by-side photo iPhone? Does your iPhone have the relevant apps?

iPhone has a great list of opportunities and basic photo editing tasks, including these which allow us to edit our photos.

You can change the colors, filter, size, shades, sharpness, and many other options by just using a gallery app!

But can you make a side-by-side photo with the default Gallery app?

Unfortunately, the abilities of this app are limited, and this option is on the list of impossible features for the Gallery app.

But does this mean that there is no other way, no photo collage maker? Happily, it doesn’t.

And if you want to know what else you can do to make side-by-side photos with two images and save them in your photo album, this article is for you.

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Can I put two photos side by side on iPhone and combine the images?

Answering shortly, yes, you really can. You can choose the form which you like the most, and change it by a whip, combine images the way you want.

But the question is what to use to combine photos.

Because, as it was said, you actually cannot use the Gallery app since there are no special and appropriate tools.

And now we will find out the answer to the question together. After all, there are also third-party apps for combining photos.

How do I put two pictures together on my iPhone and save them in the photo album?

As it was said, you can combine your photos the way you really want, any wish. You can do it not even strictly with two pictures, use more: three, four, five, or even six pictures. In other words, you can combine multiple photos.

But to combine photos side by side or top and bottom, you need to install, for instance, the Layout app, which has opportunities for any combination.

The instructions on how to use this app are placed below. Read carefully!

How do I create a side-by-side picture on my iPhone with the photos app?

To create photos side-by-side with two images or to just combine photos on an iPhone, you need to use the relevant apps, which have suitable tools for your request.

And there are a lot of ways to make the picture you want.

Which apps can I use?

You can use the Layout app, Shortcuts app, PhotoGrid, Photoshop Mix, Pinetools, or other photos app, which are a big amount, actually.

But here are generally appropriate apps. Most of them you can download from the Apple App Store. In other words, you are not limited in the means.

You can choose the app which suits your desires the most.

To help you with the choice, we will write about each of the iPhone photos app, which was mentioned above. The list is short, but they are high-quality apps, which are definitely worth mentioning.

How do you put two photos side by side? Use the Layout app!

The Layout app is a perfect instrument for the creation of any photo combination. It is also easy to use!

But if you have any problems or questions on that issue, then you should read the detailed instruction below.

The Layout app to combine photos: instructions

The very first move you need to do is to install the photos app from the App Store because there is no such app on the iPhone by default.

  • Step 1: Find the app on the home screen. Open the Layout app, on the first and app’s main screen you will see your recent photos of yours. Now you need to find two pictures that you want to put together side by side.
  • Step 2: When you chose the photos, the app starts to present you the ways to combine images, which are really different. You have to pick the way of collaging which suits you.
  • Step 3: The collage which you chose will be shown in full-screen mode. Technically, the collage is done, but there are also a lot of ways of editing the pictures for your combination: you can mirror photos, flip or replace them, etc.
  • Step 4: To get it fully done, you need to pick the “Save” button in the top-right corner of the screen. Now your new collage is saved on your iPhone. Tap the “Done” button to finish the editing and get back to the main screen of the Layout app.

Is the Layout app free?

Don’t worry, the tool is absolutely free to use and quick to install on your iPhone. After that, you finally can start the usage of the app to combine photos.

The Layout app: disadvantages 

Unfortunately, this useful photo app is not truly perfect for creating a collage.

The problem with this tool is that it necessarily crops and cuts your pictures, which actually may be harmful to images. And you can not really avoid it, unfortunately.

So, there are two options on how to act then: you can either pick the images which is permissive to be cut or you can use another app.

As you can notice, it is really easy to use the app and create the collage that you want. It may seem to be enough for creating and editing a photo combination, but actually, there are other ways to do so.

Read the following review.

Shortcuts app (or Siri Shortcuts app) on your iPhone to combine photos

With this photos app, it is even easier than with the previous one, generally because this is a default photos app that is already on your iPhone.

But anyway, if you can’t find it on your iPhone, you can download it for free from App Store.

Shortcuts app is very useful to combine photos on iPhone, it has a lot of different tools, that previously could require numerous number of apps.

And no third-party apps. It is owned by the Apple photos app, which you can trust.

Which iOS should I have to use the app?

Unfortunately, not every iPhone software fits the Shortcuts app. Your iPhone must have at least 12 iOS; otherwise, it doesn’t work.

How to make a side-by-side collage with the Shortcuts app: first steps

  • Step 1: Find the app on the home screen or install it if it is not on your iPhone already. Open the Shortcuts app and on the app’s main screen pick the Plus icon in the top-right corner of the display. It will create a new shortcut.
  • Step 2: Rename your shortcut from the default “New Shortcut” name, if you want to. Don’t forget to tap the “Done” button to save a new name. Press the “Add action” button to create a collage and the first action. Move the toggle of the “Select Multiple”.
  • Step 3: Next action is the “Combine images”, look for them in the app. Choose to combine images horizontally to create a side-by-side picture.
  • Step 4:  Next action is the “Save to Photo Album”, look for it in the app. Press the “Done” button to create and save your collage. Now you’ve created the cliche for shortcuts, and now it’s time to make a side by side photos in the Shortcuts app.

Next steps: use the Shortcuts app and create collages 

  • Step 1: Find the app on the home screen or install it if it is not on your iPhone already. Open the Shortcuts photo app. Press your shortcut with the “Combine Photos” button.
  • Step 2: Now your photo album is open automatically, and you just need to select photos which you create a collage with. It may be two pictures or more. Then pick the “Add” button.
  • Step 3: Wait for a short time: your collage is being created. It may take from a few seconds to minutes, but as a rule, it is really fast. Open the Gallery to find your new shortcut from the Shortcuts app.

That’s the most general instructions for creating collages with the Shortcuts photo app.

If you want to add more functions, follow the first instructions with the app and choose them the way you chose the previous ones.

PhotoGrid to help you to create a collage

The Shortcuts app is not the only app to use. There is also the PhotoGrid app, the third-party app. It is another useful app to help you to make a side-by-side image.

This app isn’t already installed on your iPhone, so you need to find it in the Apple App Store and then download it.

It’s not a free app, but it has a free trial, after all, it is a third-party app. It will give you an opportunity to use it for a short time and then decide if it’s worth buying.

How to use the PhotoGrid app to combine photos: instructions

  • Step 1: Open the app. Sign in with Google Account or through social media, for instance. Press the “Grid option” button to start creating your collage picture.
  • Step 2: Select photos (for example, two photos) you want to combine by using the Photo Gallery app, so it’s quite convenient. The limit of images is from two pictures to fifteen.
  • Step 3: Use the options to edit somehow the selected images if you’d like to. Change the filter, brightness, etc., and change their size and focus. Use the adjusting of your pictures by tapping the border option.
  • Step 4: Tap the “Next” button in the top-right corner, if you are finished editing and want to save your collage. Press the“Save” button, and choose the format of the image you’d like to save it to (JPEG or others). And then save it to a photo album.

Photoshop Mix to help you with side-by-side pictures

Photoshop Mix is a free photo editing app.

You just need to find it in the Apple App Store and download it, since it’s not already installed on your iPhone.

How to use the Photoshop Mix app: instructions

  • Step 1: Open the app. Select the “Plus” button to make a new collage.
  • Step 2: Choose the image. Press the “On my iPhone” button.
  • Step 3: Select photos you want to use, it may be two photos, three, or more. It depends on what kind of combination you exactly want to do.
  • Step 4: Fit your photos and resize them if it needs to. Be careful and don’t cut them suddenly. Edit your images with the tools in the app, if you want to. It will bring more beauty to your pictures.
  • Step 5: If you’re finished editing your collage, don’t forget to save it. There is a chance that it will be saved in the app anyway, but still, better safe than sorry.


Pinetools is actually a convenient and useful online site, which allows you to make side-by-side pictures, top-and-bottom pictures, or other forms of collage.

And it is easy to use, you don’t have to install it.

An opportunity to save some space on your iPhone.

How to use Pinetools: instructions

  • Step 1: Open the website on the Internet. Carefully, choose the correct link.
  • Step 2: Select photos and upload pictures that you want to make a combination.
  • Step 3: Use the tools on the website to edit photos, for example, press the plus and the minus buttons to zoom them in and out to change their sizes.
  • Step 4: You can click the “Merge” button to merge the images.
  • Step 5: Download images and save them on your iPhone, by tapping the “Download” button.

The image in the result will be saved in your photo Gallery app.

Conclusion: there are many ways to create a collage

Making side-by-side pictures is a funny process. You can change the images, you can zoom them, and edit the color.

In other words, you can do anything to create your own perfect collage. And there are a lot of useful tools, and with them, you can make a side-by-side picture!

As we can see, the default apps on an iPhone like the Gallery app or even the Shortcuts app are not the only ones that you can use.

Nowadays, you are completely not limited to creating collages with two and more pictures the way you want.

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