Show Amazon Echo smart displays I’ve never been better than Google Nest Center or a dedicated digital photo frame at doing one thing well: showing off your photos. That’s because Amazon clutters the screen with dubiously useful information, alternating your pretty pictures with suggestions for the latest Alexa skill you’d like to try, an egg salad recipe, or a story about a duck-shaped tomato. .
But starting August 5, you can now order your Echo Show to show you only your photos and nothing else for three full hours.
Amazon’s Digital Photo Frame feature, previously only available on the Echo Display 15, it’s now on all Echo smart displays in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, in Spain and Australia.
Just say “Alexa, launch Photo Frame” and you’ll get a clutter-free three-hour slideshow of your Amazon photos, Facebook or stock image collection. (If you want to know how to get your photos to appear in these albums, read my article on how to use your echo show as a digital photo frame.)
Basically, this new photo frame mode hides all calendar and weather announcements and notifications to become a photo-only slideshow. The only visible text is a small date line in the lower right that indicates when the photo was taken and which album it is from.
You can choose which albums Photo Frame Mode uses in Device Settings for Echo Show in the Alexa app. Scroll down to Photo View and choose from Daily Memories, Today, Favorites, Recents, and other options pulled from your Amazon Photos account. You can also connect a Facebook account here or upload images from your smartphone or tablet.
Photo Frame makes it easy to start a slideshow without having to remember a specific album name and seeing the same images repeat over and over again. It’s also a better way to view your photos on an Echo Show than on the standard home screen, where a large clock takes up a quarter of the image, and you still get occasional advertisements from an Alexa service that interrupt the flow; no matter how many home screen content options out of more than 30 you disable in device settings.
The only real frustration now is why it will only do this for three hours before reverting to the information overload of the standard home screen. Just give us the option to leave it on all the time.
Correction on August 11, 7:52 p.m. ET: Due to incorrect information provided by Amazon, a previous version of this article stated that the Photo Frame feature would now be available on Fire TVs. It’s only on Echo Show devices. Also, the feature is available in Germany and not in Denmark.