Amazon’s new feature turns your Echo Show into a better digital photo frame

Amazon's new feature turns your Echo Show into a better digital photo frame
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Amazon Echoshow Smart display Wasn’t as good Google’s Nest Hub or a dedicated one Digital photo frame One thing to do well: showing your photos. That’s because Amazon clutters the screen with questionably useful information and alternates your pretty pictures with suggestions for the latest Alexa skill you might try, a recipe for egg salad or a news tidbit about one. Duck-shaped tomatoes.

But starting August 5, you can now instruct your Echo Show to only show you your photos and nothing else for a full three hours.

Amazon’s Digital Photo Frames feature, previously only available Echo Show 15, Now on all Echo Smart displays in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia

Just say “Alexa, start Photo Frame” and you’ll get a cluttered, three-hour slideshow featuring a collection of your Amazon photos, Facebook photos, or stock images. (If you want to know how to show your photos in these albums, read my article How to Use Your Echo Show as a Digital Photo Frame.)

Importantly, this new photo frame mode hides all ads and calendar and weather notifications to become a photo-only slideshow. The only visible text is a small dateline in the lower right that shows when the photo was taken and what album it’s from.

Photo Frame mode removes the digital clock and weather and just includes a dateline for the photo.
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You can choose which album Photo Frame mode uses in the device settings for the Echo Show in the Alexa app. Scroll down to the Photos display and choose from Daily Memories, This Day, Favorites, Recent, and other options taken from your Amazon Photos account. You can also connect a Facebook account here or upload photos from your smartphone or tablet

Photo Frame makes it easy to start a slideshow without having to remember the name of a specific album and see the same photos over and over again It’s a better way to show off your photos on the Echo Show than the standard homescreen, where a large clock takes up a quarter of the picture and you still get the occasional ad for the Alexa service interrupting the flow; No matter how many toggles you toggle off over 30 homescreen content preferences in device settings.

Now the only real frustration is why it will do this for three hours before going back to the standard homescreen information overload. Just let us have the option to leave it permanently.

Correction August 11, 7:52PM ET: Due to incorrect information provided by Amazon, an earlier version of this article stated that the Photo Frames feature would now be available on Fire TV. This is only on Echo Show devices. Additionally, the feature is available in Germany and not Denmark

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