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.
The Amazon Echo Show line, which expanded in the year to include an Echo Show 5-inch and Echo Show 8 - and more recently the all-new Echo Show 10 - mean there are more ways to 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. An Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display casting a sinister shadow, to represent issues of privacy and security, taken on December 12, 2019. An Amazon Echo Plus smart speaker, taken on January 9, 2019. Echo Show smart speaker device on a counter top in a smart home in San Ramon, California, November 22, 2019.
Want to add Photos or Change Your Echo Show Screen, Follow this simple guide. Includes Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 2nd Gen.Products Featured:See l. To set your personal photos as a background, use your Echo device's on-screen settings. You can also use these steps for Echo Show 5 or Echo Spot. Say, 'Go to settings,' or swipe down from the top of screen and select Settings. Select Home & Clock, and then Clock.
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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.
You can also use photos from other family members, if you’ve set up a Family Photo Vault.
=> Learn More at Amazon Family Vault for Photos – Another New Benefit for Prime Members
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. Plex disney plus free. 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. 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:
Also see=> Free Unlimited Photo Storage for Amazon Prime Members!
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
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.
This video from Amazon shows how you can ask Alexa to show your photos:
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.”
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?
Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!
Display your favorite travel photos
I’m ready for a rewind to last summer (or really any other summer!).
If you want to look back like I do, your Echo Show is the perfect place to display a picture that makes you happy — and helps you remember that, eventually, we will get back to those happier times.
Amazon Echo Show 5 Manual
Easily display your favorite photo on your Echo Show home screen:
- Open the Alexa app
- Tap “Devices” in the bottom navigation bar
- Tap “Echo & Alexa”
- Select your Echo Show device
- Scroll down to tap “Home Screen Background”
- Tap “Photos From This Phone”
- Select a photo from your phone’s photo library
- Tap the “Upload” button
Pro Tip #1
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Your photo may take a few minutes to show up on your Echo Show’s display.
Pro Tip #2
In case you were wondering, yes, that’s me in the image! It’s one of my favorite travel photos 🙂
Want to get fancy? Display a photo slideshow on your Amazon Echo!
If you can’t decide on your favorite vacation shot, why stop with one? You can have your Echo Show display slideshows of your favorite trips from your Facebook album or Amazon Photos account.
Display a slideshow of your favorite Facebook album:
- Open the Alexa app
- Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
- Tap “Settings”
- Scroll down to tap “Photos”
- Tap “Link account” next to Facebook, and follow the prompts to let Alexa access your Facebook photos
- To display the photo slideshow, swipe down from the top of your Echo Show’s home screen
- Tap “Settings”
- Tap “Wallpaper & Clock” (For Echo Show 5, tap “Home & Clock” and then “Clock” > tap “Personal Photos” > tap “Background”)
- Select “Facebook” and tap “Change” to pick your album(s)!
Display a slideshow of your favorite Amazon Photos album:
- Follow steps #6 – 8
- Tap “Amazon Photos”
- Select the album(s) you want to display in the slideshow!
Pro Tip #3
Amazon Photos offers free unlimited photo storage for Prime members, and you can stream them all to your Show. One person we know has her entire 30k+ collection of photos on display!