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When it debuted in 2017, the Echo Show was the first Amazon device to feature a screen, and its second generation (released October 2018) is even better. The screen dimensions were bumped up a few inches, going from 7 inches to 10.1, and although it's bigger and better, the price remains the same at $229.99.

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11x14 Picture Frames Distressed Turquoise with Textured Wood - Display 9x12 or 8x10 Pictures with Mat or 11x14 Frame without Mat – 11x14 Inch Frame with 2 Mats for Wall Mounting or Table Top, Set of 2. When it debuted in 2017, the Echo Show was the first Amazon device to feature a screen, and its second generation (released October 2018) is even better. The screen dimensions were bumped up a few inches, going from 7 inches to 10.1, and although it's bigger and better, the price remains the same at $229.99.

However, other Amazon products, like the Echo Plus, Echo, and Echo Dot, can all do similar things, and at a lower price point ($149, $99, and $49.99, respectively).

So why fork out extra cash for the Echo Show? This new version has improved sound quality over its predecessors and its screen gives it much more potential as a smart device.

Here are 10 things you can do with the Echo Show that makes it just a little bit cooler than other Alexa-enabled devices.

1. Make a video call

Video calls are a breeze with the Echo Show. The Alexa app can connect you with anyone who has an Echo Show, an Echo Spot, or the Alexa app installed on their smartphone. Another option is to enable the Skype skill on your Echo Show, which is a really nifty addition, especially if you're already a Skype user. While the Echo Spot is our Editor's Choice for Echo devices, the Show is better for video calls because it has a larger screen.

2. Connect your calendar

The Alexa app can link your calendar, whether it's through iCloud, Gmail, G Suite, or Microsoft. It's one thing to add an event to your calendar with a command, but seeing it on the display can really help keep your appointments in check, especially if you share a calendar with others in your household.

3. Check your Ring Doorbell camera

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If you have a Ring Doorbell, you can integrate its camera feed into your Echo Show to see what's going on right outside your front door. Add Ring as a skill in your Alexa app and sign into your account, and you'll be able to use Alexa to discover devices. A simple, 'Alexa, show my front door' command will put the video feed right in front of you.

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4. Check your Nest Camera

The Echo Show also works with your Nest Camera. Again, you'll need to enable the Nest Camera skill, but after setup, all it takes is a simple command to put your video feed right on the screen of your Echo Show.

5. Follow recipes hands-free

Cooking is great until you have eggs all over your hands and need to turn the page of your cookbook or tap your tablet to get to the next step. Thankfully, the robust Allrecipes site, chock full of recipes you never knew you needed, has an Alexa skill. After enabled, you can search for recipes, save recipes, search your own favorites, and try out step-by-step cooking instructions.

6. Call an Uber

Need a ride, but don't want to fuss with the app on your phone? If you've enabled the Uber skill, calling for a ride is super easy (and hands-free). It's also possible to change your default pickup location, ask the Echo Show for a ride status, or cancel your ride.

7. Watch videos

While you won't find an Alexa skill for Netflix or YouTube, you can direct the Echo Show to play Amazon Prime videos with a few hands-free commands. If you have a Hulu account, the Hulu skill also enables you to stream Hulu shows. It can even dish out live TV as well (if you have that subscription). You can even control playback via verbal command.

8. Reorder your favorite restaurant delivery

Amazon has its own Restaurants skill that's compatible with any Alexa device, but it has a little extra oomph for the Echo Show. If you've already ordered meals from Amazon Restaurants, a few voice commands, such as, 'Alexa, what are my past orders?' will bring up your orders history and will display them right on the screen. You'll be able to verbally place an order—and soon you'll be chowing down.

9. Set up multiple timers

You've got a pot of pasta boiling, but you're also clocking the roast in the oven—oh, and you'd also like to set a timer so you don't forget about the laundry in the washing machine. The Echo Show has a solution. You can easily set multiple named timers using voice commands, and you can see them displayed neatly on the screen as you multi-task throughout your day.

10. Learn the words to your favorite song

As long as the track can be found in Amazon Music, the Echo Show will display the album art and lyrics to your favorite songs. This means that you'll finally learn the actual lyrics for that one song you've probably been singing wrong for months or possibly years, and you'll bring down the house at your next karaoke night.

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Q. I have an Echo Show that I love using. I was at a friend’s party and saw that her Echo Show had her own family photos as the background. At first I thought the photos came with the Show or were a new Alexa skill, but then I saw photos of my friend with her family and realized that her Show was a digital photo frame.

I didn’t have a chance to ask my friend how she turned her Echo Show into a digital photo frame, but I want to do that too. I’m hoping The Wonder of Tech can do an article explaining how to do this so I and other readers can enjoy seeing our photos on our Echo Shows.

Can you help?

A. Excellent question! Yes, the Echo Show and Echo Spot can become digital picture frames, showing your digital photos as the background. Instead of choosing between the photos that come with the Echo Show and Spot, you can use your own photos as the background image, also known as wallpaper.

Which Photos Can Be Used as Background Images on the Echo Show and Spot

Amazon’s Echo Show and Spot let you choose one or multiple photos as a background image. You can use a favorite photo as the wallpaper so you see it every time you look at the screen.

You can also have all of your digital photos shown by the Show or Spot in a slide show so you’re surprised by which photos are shown.

Or, you can choose to select photos from different categories, such as sunset, beach, mountains, locations, or recent photos. Echo will suggest categories based on what you have pictures of in your digital photo library. For example, if you have a lot of sunset photos, you can have your Echo Show or Spot display a slide show of only sunset photos.

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You can also use photos from other family members, if you’ve set up a Family Photo Vault.

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You can also create an album of Echo Photos that you use as the wallpaper for your Show or Spot. A slide show will display the photos from that album as your wallpaper. With an album you can choose exactly which photos are displayed and which aren’t.

How to Get Your Photos to Display on to Your Echo Show and Spot

There are two ways to use photos as a background on your Echo Show or Spot. You can either set this up using the Alexa app on your phone or by going to Settings on your Show or Spot.

Using the Alexa App to Set a Photo as the Background for Your Echo Show or Spot

By using the Alexa app you can set a single photo to appear as the background of your Echo Show or Spot. Us eastern time to utc. To set a photo as the background for an Echo Show or Spot, open the Alexa app and choose Settings from the side menu. Tap the name of the Echo you want to show your photos.

Scroll down to Home & Clock Background, then tap CHOOSE A PHOTO.

The photos in your phone’s library will show. You can choose a single photo that will be shown as a background for your Echo Show or Spot by tapping on the photo you want to use.

How to Set Photos as a Background Using Settings on Your Echo Show or Spot

To set a photo as a background photo, or a series of photos as a slide show on your Echo Show, you must use Prime Photos. Prime Photos is a free photo service that lets you store and back up unlimited photos if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

You can download the Prime Photos app free:

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Allow the Prime Photos app to upload your photos from your phone. After the upload is complete, you can set individual photos or a group of photos as your background on the Echo Show and Spot.

How to Set Up Using Your Photos as a Background on Echo Show

To set up Echo Show with your photos, swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap the Settings gear icon to open Settings.

Tap Home Screen => Background => Prime Photos => Change. Then choose the album you’d like to set as your background photo. Echo will make suggestions of albums, subjects, recent photos, locations, etc.

If you choose more than one photo, a slide show will appear as your background. Photos change every 10 minutes.

How to Set Photos as a Background Using Settings on Your Echo Spot

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To set up using your photos as a background for your Echo Spot, swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap the Settings gear icon to open Settings.

Tap Home & Clock =>Theme => Personal Photo. Then swipe through the different analog and digital clock faces until you find the one you want. Then tap the check ✔ to set the clock face. Choose Prime Photos, then choose which photos you want to use.

Swipe down from the top of the screen again and tap the home icon to see the new clock face on your Spot with your photos.

Ask Alexa to Play a Slideshow of Your Photos

You can ask Alexa to play a slideshow of your photos. As with using Settings on Echo, you need to have your photos in the Prime Photos app for Alexa to be able to respond to your request.

Say, “Alexa, show my photos” to have Echo display all of your photos. You can also ask Alexa to show your photos in an album or by subject. “Alexa, show my Florida Vacation album.”

You can ask Alexa to pause, resume, or go to the next or previous photo.

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Ask Alexa to Set Your Background Photos

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You can also ask Alexa to set your background photos. As with using Settings on Echo, you need to have your photos in the Prime Photos app for Alexa to be able to respond to your request.

First, ask Alexa to show your photos. Then, when a photo appears you want as a background photo, say, “Alexa, set this photo as my background.”

Or, you can ask Alexa to show an album, then say, “Alexa, set this album as my background.”

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Do you like the idea of using the Echo Show or Spot as a digital photo frame? What photos would you use as a background? Would you use a single photo or a slide show as your background?

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