How to use the Amazon Echo Show as a digital photo frame

Create a slideshow on your bedside table or kitchen counter

Turn the Echo Show into a photo frame
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As smart displays have started taking residency in our homes, it turns out one of their best talents is serving as smart digital photo frames.

These screens spend a lot of time doing very little, so why not use them to add some decorative flair to the room in their downtime?

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Thankfully you can, and in the case of the Amazon Echo Show line - which now includes a 5-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch model - there's more than one way to share your memories.

There are two ways to do this on the Echo smart screens, either using Amazon Photos or Facebook. We'll walk you through both below.

Add Facebook photos to Echo Show

The chances of you owning a Facebook account are far greater than the chances of you using Amazon Photos, so we'll start here.

Of course, there's also a high chance you have some unsavoury photos from high school parties which you'd rather not have on display when gran comes over for tea – don't worry, you can pick and choose which albums get shared.

First, though, you need to connect your Facebook account to Alexa. So do the following:

1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
2. Tap the menu button (three dashes at the top left)
3. Select Settings.
4. Scroll down to Photos.
5. Under Facebook, tap Link account.

How to use your Echo Show as a digital photo frame

You'll be redirected to a page where you'll need to log in to your Facebook account and give Alexa authorization to access your personal photos.

To get them rolling on the screen of your Echo Show or Spot, do the following:

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen on your Echo device and tap Settings.
2. Tap 'Home & Clock'.
3. Then tap 'Clock'.
4. Tap 'Personal Photos'.
5. Select 'Background'.
6. Tap 'Facebook'.
7. Then select the album(s) you wish to connect to Alexa.
8. Tap 'Save' at the bottom of the screen and you're done.

Your Echo device will now show your Facebook photos in the background. If you want to change the clock face that's layered over the photos, head back to Personal Photos and instead select 'Clock Face'.

You can also have Alexa show your photos in a rotating carousel by saying, "Alexa, show my photos" or "Alexa, show my photo albums".

How to use your Echo Show as a digital photo frame

Add Amazon Photos to Echo Show

If you use Amazon's photo service, or at least have access to it, you can also use it to create photo slideshows on your Echo Show – but you'll need to create albums to do so. To get this set up, do the following:

1. Go to the Amazon Photos site (make sure you're signed into the same account as on your Echo device).
2. Select Albums > Create album.
3. Drag and drop the pics you want into the album, then save it and give it a name.

Then, here's what you need to do on the Echo Show or Spot.

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap Settings.
2. Tap Home & Clock
3. Then tap Clock.
4. Tap Personal Photos.
5. Select Background.
6. Tap the Amazon Photos option.
7. Then select the album(s) you wish to connect to Alexa.
8. Tap Save at the bottom of the screen and you're done.

Again, saying "Alexa, show my photos" or "Alexa, show my photo albums" will put your photos on display. You can also ask for specific albums by name – give it a go.

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