The Amazon Echo Show smart display has never been as good as Google’s Nest Hub or a dedicated digital photo frame for doing one thing well: showing off your photos. That’s because Amazon clutters up the screen with suspiciously useful information and alternates your pretty photos with suggestions for the latest Alexa skill, a recipe for egg salad, or a duck-sized tomato sauce. A news story about.
But starting August 5th, you can now command your Echo Show to show only your photos for a full three hours and nothing else.
Amazon’s Digital Photo Frame feature, previously only available on the Echo Show 15, is 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 clutter-free, three-hour slideshow featuring your collection of Amazon Photos, Facebook photos or stock images. (If you want to know how to make your photos appear in these albums, read my article on 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 slideshow only for photos. The only text that’s visible is a little dateline in the bottom right showing when the picture was taken and which album it’s from.
You can select albums that use photo frame mode in the device settings for the Echo Show in the Alexa app. Scroll to the photo display and choose from Daily Memories, This Day, Favorites, Recents, and other options that come from your Amazon Photos account. You can also connect a Facebook account here or upload images from your smartphone or tablet.
Photo Frames makes it easy to start a slideshow without having to remember a specific album name and repeating the same images over and over. It’s a good way to view your photos displayed on the Echo Show compared to the standard homescreen, where a large watch takes up a quarter of the picture, and you still get the occasional ad for the Alexa service that interrupts the flow. does; No matter how many you toggle off any of the more than 30 homescreen content options in the device’s settings.
Now the only real disappointment is why it would only do this for three hours before reverting to the information overload of the standard homescreen. We just have the option to leave it permanently.
Correction Aug. 11, 7:52 p.m. ET: Due to incorrect information provided by Amazon, a previous version of this article stated that the Photo Frame feature would now be available on the Fire TV. This is only on Echo Show devices. Additionally, this feature is available in Germany and not Denmark.