How to put two pictures side by side on iPhone

Wondering how to put two pictures side by side on iPhone? you do not have any default settings in the gallery app that could help you with this. A collage of pictures is a thing nowadays on the social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. We can also use the combined photos to compare things too. The iPhone does not have any inbuilt app or feature that could do it directly, but that does not mean we cannot create a side-by-side on the iPhone, we have some ways of doing this function. These things will help you in figuring out the question of how to put two pictures side by side on your iPhone.

How to put two pictures side by side on iPhone using shortcuts?

Though there is no manual feature to combine two pictures on the iPhone, we can use the Shortcuts app to do this. This app is a built-in app for Apple iOS users. But we need to make sure the last version of iOS that can support the combining of photos, is the iOS 12. So before actually starting the process, we need to update the mobile phone, so that we can use the feature to make a shortcut to combine photos.

How to update the OS

  • Go to the settings app on the iPhone.
  • Navigate to the general settings on the iPhone.
  • Scroll down to the software updates and check for the updates in that section.
  • Click on the “Download and Install” to update to the latest version of the iOS.

Using this shortcuts app, we do not need any third-party app to combine the photos. The first step includes creating the shortcut using the shortcut app, and then we need to use that shortcut to combine the photos on the iPhone.

How to put two pictures side by side on iPhone

Creating the Shortcut in the Shortcut App

  1. Open the shortcuts app on the iPhone.
  2. To create a new Shortcut, tap on the plus (+) symbol present in the top-right corner.
  3. In the search bar, type in “Select Photos” to choose the photos while creating the collages.
  4. After clicking on the Select photos, tap on it to see the options, now in the options turn on the Select Multiple toggles.
  5. Now again search for “Combine Images.”
  6. Tap on the Combined Images to see the drop-down list, in the drop-down menu check if the photo-alignment mode is set to Horizontal. If there is another type of alignment, change it to Horizontal.
  7. We can also decide the spacing between the pictures, this feature can be seen when we click on the arrow beside the Horizontal section.
  8. If you wish to have any spacing in between the photos, select a number for the spacing. If you do not want any spacing, skip the step or type in zero.
  9. Go to the search bar and type Save to Photo Album.
  10. We can name the shortcut by tapping on the field present at the top of the screen. tap on it and name the shortcut.
  11. We can add this shortcut to the screen using the Blue toggle button beside the shortcut name.
  12. The toggle displays Options like adding to the home screen, showing in the share sheet, etc. Tap on “Add to the Home Screen” to add the shortcut to the home screen.
  13. After creating this, click on the add in the shortcut to make the shortcut visible as an app on the Screen.
  14. Go back to the shortcuts and tap on done. Tap on X (back or remove) to save and close the process.
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Now that we have created the shortcut and all the connections let us actually see how to put two pictures side by side on your iPhone using the shortcuts app.

How to put two pictures side by side on your iPhone using the shortcut

This is very easy as you already have the shortcut ready, all we need to do is select the photos and the shortcuts to make a picture by putting them side by side.

  • Click on the shortcut icon you have made on the Home screen.
  • Now select the two photos you want to combine from the photo albums.
  • Tap on the Add and wait for the shortcut to create the collage using the two selected photos.
  • The final picture will be saved to the photos, click on the photos app to view the final photo.

Photo Editing Apps

iPhone is known for its camera quality, so many users use third-party apps to edit their photos and videos. We can combine two photos using third-party applications too. They also provide many editing tools. Let us see some best photo editing apps to make the collage.

Cut Paste Photos Pro

We can download this app on the App Store from Apple. It is a great editing app for photos and can be used to put together two pictures. This app is a paid app, but we can use this app on a free 3-day trial.

Steps to combine two or more pictures using the Cut Paste Photos Pro

  • Download the App from the App Store and open the app.
  • In the application, you will see options to add multiple photos.
  • Select Cut and Paste to see the type of grids available on the app.
  • We have to import the photos from the Photos app or we can also click one on the app.
  • Make sure you give the required permissions to the app to continue with the process without any interruption.
  • To select the photos, tap on the background icon.
  • It will display the photos from the gallery, choose the photos you want in the collage according to the grid you have chosen.
  • The App also has its own photo gallery, where we can find a different set of pictures to include in the grid.
  • After selecting the photos, tap done.
  • You can resize the photos the way you want on the app.
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The photos will be saved in the gallery, you can view them there.


This is another good photo editing app with many customizable options for photo grids. This app is available on the App Store and comes with a 3-day trial, after the trial we need to buy the premium to use the app.

How to combine the photos using the PhotoGrid App:

  • Go to the App Store, search for the App and download it.
  • Open the App and sign in using Facebook or the Gmail account. Sign-in is only required for the Premium accounts only. Do not forget to give the required permissions to the App.
  • After signing in, tap on the gird option to start the process.
  • This action will redirect the app to the photo gallery, and choose the photos you want to combine to make a grid. You can choose up to 15 photos to make a collage.
  • Arrange the pictures you have selected in the way you want, and resize the photos in the grid.
  • If you wish to swap the photos, adjust them by clicking and moving them using the swap button. Some other adjusting options are present in the drop-down menu, so use them to make the grid more appealing.
  • We can resize the whole grid using the border option.
  • Once all the changes are done, click on the Next button.
  • Save the final output and select the format of the photo you want to save the file on your mobile phone.

Using the Layout App

  • The two third-party applications used above are paid apps, if you want a free application then you can use the Layout app designed and developed by the developers of the social media app Instagram.

How to put the pictures side by side on your iPhone using the layout app

  • Go to the App Store on your iPhone and enter “Layout for Instagram” in the search bar.
  • Once you find the correct app, install it on your iPhone.
  • After installation, open the app on your phone.
  • In this app, we just need to select the number of photos we want to put together, the app itself recommends the different types of grids.
  • Open the app and give the required permissions.
  • On the main screen you can see the photos from the gallery, just click on the photos you would like to make a collage of.
  • The app suggests many different grid options on the phone, select the grid you like or the layout which has your photos side by side.
  • The grid you have chosen is shown in full-screen mode on the app, there will be some editing tools at the bottom of the photo.
  • Use those tools, if you wish to edit the photos.
  • Tap the save button in the top-right corner of the screen to save the grid.
  • This photo will be saved in the Photos app and you can view it there.
  • Tap on done and the editing process will be done.
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You can find the combined images in the Photos app on the iPhone.

Use Instagram

We can combine the photos using the story edits on the Instagram App. As everyone’s having an Instagram account, there is no need of downloading any third-party app.

How to edit them on Instagram:

  • Open the Instagram app on your iPhone.
  • We can see the story editing feature on the top-left corner of the screen.
  • From Instagram, scroll up from the bottom of the screen to see the photos from the photo gallery.
  • Now select the picture you want to add to the grid.
  • We have to place two photos side by side, so pinch the first picture to reduce its size and move it to any half of the story canvas.
  • Half the job is done, to add the second picture, open the photos app from Instagram.
  • Select the second picture and long press on it to see the options, click on copy to copy the picture to the clipboard on the device.
  • Go back to the story you were editing, and now create a sticker of the second photo.
  • After creating the sticker, click on the add sticker to add the second photo to the first picture.
  • Resize the second photo to adjust the two photos side by side. We can use the shortcuts app or mail to resize the photo on iPhone.
  • Save it to the photo gallery after editing the photos using the Instagram App.

These are the 3 methods that solve the question of how to put the pictures side by side on your iPhone. All these methods are very simple and easy to learn. They do not require complex editing skills. You can use anyone to combine the pictures.