How to turn your Amazon Echo Show into a digital photo frame

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(Pocket-lint) – Remember digital photo frames? They were very popular a decade or two ago, but have since been replaced by smart displays from companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook. Amazon’s Echo Show range, for example, consists of a series of smart displays that all support a feature called Photo Frame. It essentially turns your Echo Show into a digital photo frame that can show off all your photos with a simple voice command.

Here’s what you need to know – including how to turn your Echo Show into a digital photo frame and whether it can display photos from Amazon Photos and Facebook or even uploads from your mobile device.


Also: What is Alexa and how does it work?

How to turn your Echo Show into a digital photo frame?

You must set up the “Photo View” feature in order to use an Echo show as a digital photo frame and to operate the slideshow mode of Amazon’s Three House Photo Frame. This includes adding photos and using a command.

Step 1: Initial Setup

To get started, all you have to do is say “Alexa, set up my photo screen”. Or, swipe down from the top of the Echo Show screen and select Settings > Clock and photo screen. (For the Echo Show 5, select Home and Clock > Clock and photo display.) Next, choose one or more sources for your photos.

Step 2: Add your photo source

You need to connect your Amazon Photos, Facebook or your device to your Echo Show and select the photos to display. It’s easy and takes less than a minute to do. Follow the steps below.

You can even choose which albums Amazon’s Photo Frame feature will display via device settings for your Echo Show in the Alexa app. (Scroll down to Photo View and choose from Daily Memories, Today, Favorites, Recents and other options that come from your Amazon Photos account. You can also connect a Facebook account or upload images from your smartphone or tablet).

View your photos from Amazon Photos

If you are an Amazon Photos user, download the Amazon Photos app and sign in to your account. Then go to Settings > Download Settings > Save Photos. This will allow you to automatically upload all photos from your camera roll to Amazon Photos.

Also in the Amazon Photos app, you can tap the Amazon Smile icon at the top left of the home page to access your profile. There, select “Customize Amazon Devices,” and you’ll see your compatible smart displays, such as Echo Shows and Fire TV displays. Choose your device and select the albums you want to view. They will appear on the display screen. You can swipe left or right to scroll or rotate them automatically.

Manage your photos in Amazon Photos

You can use the Alexa app to manage your photos in Amazon Photos (but you must install the Amazon Photos app to use this method):

  1. In the Alexa mobile app, go to Settings > Photos > Autosave.
  2. Under Download SettingsPress on To manage and activate theautomatic recording.
  3. Once your photos are saved to Amazon Photos, you can view your albums on the Echo Show.

View your photos from Facebook

To view photos from your Facebook photo albums, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Alexa app and goin Settings > Photos > Facebook and select Link account.
  2. Follow the steps to enable the Facebook Photos skill.

View photos from your phone

If you want to send photos from your phone to your Echo Show, just open the Alexa app and go to More > Settings > Photos. Then follow these steps:

  1. Press on Devices and select the Echo Show you want to display photos on.
  2. Press on Upload pictures.
  3. You can only add 10 photos at a time, but you can add multiple times.
  4. The downloaded album will be available on all your Echo Show devices.

Step 3: Order the Echo Show to display your photos

Amazon’s Photo Frame feature makes it easy to start a slideshow. All you need to say to your Echo Show device is:“Alexa, open Photo Frame“. You’ll then get a three-hour slideshow showcasing your Amazon Photos, Facebook photos, or phone uploads. To return to the home screen, say “Go home”. You can also swipe down and select Home.

You can ask Alexa to show specific albums using commands like:

  • “Alexa, show today’s photos.”
  • “Alexa, open the photos in my hiking album”.
  • “Alexa, tell me more about this photo.”
  • “Alexa, show photos from last summer”.

Advice : if you only want to show your photos and not other rotating content that an Echo Show can display, go to Welcome > Settings > Home screen content on the Echo Show and turn off any options you don’t want displayed on your home screen. Finally, if you’re using an Echo Show 15, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap picture frame to view photos in full screen.

What is Photo Frame mode and which Echo devices support it?

As of August 2022, you can now use voice control of your Echo Show to view your photos for three whole hours – thanks to Amazon’s Digital Photo Frame mode. You just have to say“Alexa, launch the photo frame“.

Amazon’s Photo Frame feature for the Echo Show can display your photos in both landscape and portrait orientation, so there’s no need to edit or manipulate them to display properly on your Echo Show . Previously only available on the Echo Show 15, it’s now available on all Echo smart displays. You can use Photo Frame to showcase all your personal photos in a personalized slideshow. But you need to connect your Amazon Photos or Facebook account to your Echo Show, then set up how to display photos in your Echo Show, and say specific commands to launch Photo Frame mode. We detail what you need to know above.

Where is Amazon’s Photo Frame feature available?

The Photo Frame feature is available to any Echo Show user in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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