Want to turn your Alexa-powered Amazon Echo Show display into a digital photo frame? It’s easy, once you know the right Alexa voice command.
Until recently, only the larger Echo Show 15 had a Photo Frame mode, which displays a slideshow of your favorite photos while removing the clock and any other interface elements that might obscure your images.
Now, however, any Echo Show device, from the swiveling Echo Show 10 to the tiny Echo Show 5, can run Photo Frame mode. All you need is an Amazon Photos account, or you can use images from your Facebook account.
Here’s how to start.
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Tools required: Alexa app, Amazon Photos app
Hardware required: Amazon Echo Show smart display
Upload photos to your Amazon Photos account
Before enabling Alexa’s Photo Frame mode, you’ll need to upload images to display. The easiest way to get started is to install the free Amazon Photos app, which will allow you to upload images from your phone, tablet, or computer to your Amazon Photos storage (which comes with your Amazon account).
The Amazon Photos app will allow you to download some or all of the photos to your device; just make your selection and the downloads will begin automatically.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get unlimited free storage of full-resolution photos. Not a Prime member? You can still get 100GB of Amazon Photos storage for $19.99 per month.
What about Facebook pictures? Hang on, we’ll cover that in a moment.
Select the photos you want to view
Next, it’s time to decide which photos you’ll see when your Echo Show is in Photo Frame mode.
You can do this from the Amazon Photos app (tap the icon Account in the upper-left corner of the screen, then tap Personalize Amazon Devices) or from the Alexa app (press After, Settings, Pictures, Devices).
Once you’ve chosen an Echo Show, select some options. For example, you can enable Daily memories to see a “curated” daily selection of your photos (those daily memories appear in both Photo Frame mode as well as the usual Ambient Background view), while This day shows images from the current date in previous years.
You can also choose collections (think albums) you’ve created using the Amazon Photos app.
Finally, you can view Facebook photos by tapping Account link (pictured above) from the Alexa app.
Tell Alexa to turn on Photo Frame mode
Ready to see photos? Say “Alexa, start photo frame” and Alexa will launch photo frame mode.
The only interface elements you’ll see in Photo Frame mode are a date in the bottom corner and details about the collection the photo is from. (The suggestion “Try ‘Alexa, when was this photo taken?'” appears only briefly once Photo Frame mode starts.)
Disable Photo Frame mode
The Echo Show’s Photo Frame mode will automatically turn off after three hours (unfortunately, there’s no way to change this behavior). But if you want to turn Photo Frame mode off sooner, there are several ways to do it.
First, you can just say “Alexa, go home” and your Echo Show will return to the home screen.
Second, swipe down from the top of your Echo Show screen, then tap the House button (as shown above).