Amazon's Echo Show goes beyond other Echo devices with its vibrant touchscreen and impressive features. The Echo Show's display has a few customization options, including the ability to showcase your favorite photos. If you are bored with static display (usually photos of landscapes around the world), then this article is for you.
There are several ways to showcase your own images on Echo Show. From setting the background to daily photos and slideshows, we'll show you how to customize your Echo Show screen below.
How to display your photos on Echo Show
If you've already set up your Echo Show, you probably have the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone. While the Echo has a full list of settings and customization options, the Alexa app gives us more control. It is for this reason that you will need the Alexa app on your smartphone to follow the tutorials below.
iOS users can get the app here if you haven't downloaded it yet, and Android users can download it using this link.
Use voice commands
If you've downloaded the Alexa app on your smartphone and are logged into your Amazon account, you're ready to show off your photos on your Echo Show. But, you will need to allow the Alexa app to access your camera roll before this will work.
Alexa is capable of most tasks using voice commands. The same goes for showing you pictures. If you want to view pictures on your Alexa device, just say "Alexa, show me my pictures". Alexa will respond and your photos will appear on the screen. You can also give your Echo Show other commands like " Alexa, show my recent photos” to display a particular group of images.
Of course, you might notice that some of the photos displayed on your Echo Show aren't exactly the photos you want to present. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to personalize your photos.
Set daily photo memories
A fun option for showcasing great photos is to turn on the Daily Memories feature in the Alexa app or on Echo Show. Similar to Facebook Memories, Amazon Photos gives users the ability to view photos taken on the same day in previous years. Every day, your Echo Show will pull images from your Amazon Photos account and automatically display them on your Show.
If you prefer to use the Echo device, just say, " Alexa, show my daily photo memories. Or, you can swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Parameters icon. Then press Home Content. From here you can switch to the Photo Highlights option.
You can also use the Alexa app to enable this feature. Here's what to do:
- Open the Alexa app and tap features basically. Then press Echo and Alexa in the upper left corner.
- Tap on your Echo Show.
- Press Choose photos in the menu that appears.
- Toggle the switches to the right of Daily memories et This day ouch
Your Echo Show will start showing your daily memories as soon as this is done. Just keep in mind that your photos must be backed up to the Amazon Photos app for this to work properly. Prime subscribers get unlimited photo storage, while those who don't pay for the service get just 5GB free.
View photos in your phone's camera roll
Another option you have for viewing photos is to view your phone's camera roll. Or, even better, by customizing the images you want to display from your phone's camera roll. You will need to have the Alexa app downloaded on the phone or tablet in question.
Here's how to customize your camera roll photos:
- Open the Alexa app and follow the instructions above to access your Echo Show device.
- Press Choose photos.
- Press Manually select my photos.
- In the next window, press Continue.
- Then press Okay. Your Echo Show lets you choose 10 photos from your device's camera roll to display onscreen.
- Now select your photos.
As long as « Displays and Signage on the device is enabled, your photos will appear on the Echo Show.
View Facebook Photos
You can also link your Echo Show to your Facebook account. We like this option because it will showcase photos you've posted to Facebook on your Echo Show screen. Here's how to set it all up:
- Following the same path as above, open your Echo Show device on the Alexa app. Then press 'Choose photos. '
- Press Facebook.
- Tap Launch to activate the Alexa Skill that shares your Facebook photos.
- A new web page will open. Log in to your Facebook account and allow Alexa to use your photos.
After following the steps to set up your Facebook photos using the Alexa app, the photos will automatically appear on your Echo Show screen.
Create a photo slideshow
You can also create a slideshow. To do this, go to the Amazon Photos website using your browser and select Album. Then click Create an album, name the album and select Create. Select the photos you want to use as your Amazon Echo Show slideshow and click Add to album. Back on your Echo Show device, swipe down from the home screen and access the Settings menu by navigating to the gear icon mentioned above. Then select Displays and Signage and press Photo slideshow.
Now say, "Alexa, show me [album name]," and your Echo Show device will start the slideshow.
Home screen features
Echo Show customization goes beyond aesthetics. There are feature tweaks that can be very helpful. By default, the Echo Show displays the time. However, you can use Home Cards to add a lot more functionality. Access Home Cards by navigating to Parameters (gear icon), Home & Clock and Home Cards.
This basically lets you view a variety of cards, such as Messaging, Notifications, Reminders, Upcoming Events, Weather, Trending Topics, Drop-Ins, and more. Using this menu, you can also choose how the maps are displayed: continuously or as soon as new information becomes available. For example, if you select the former, the cards will be shuffled continuously, with the clock periodically displayed. If you choose the latter, a map will only be displayed when there is new information.
Echo show night mode
The information displayed on your Echo Show device can be very convenient and helpful. However, it is not too convenient when you are sleeping. In fact, you probably don't want your bedside Echo Show device turning on to full brightness every time you get a notification. You can manually dim the brightness and change notification settings before bed, but that's definitely not the most practical solution.
By enabling Night Mode, you can set your Echo Show device to dim the screen and be more "considerate" when showing notifications. To do this, go to Parametersthen Home & Clock, and press Night mode. You can select when to dim the clock face and when to exit night mode in this menu. Of course, you can customize this for each day of the week.
Customizing the Echo Show
As you can see, there are plenty of cool tweaks to customize your Echo Show. Whether you want to change the clock style, background photo, start a slideshow, or set up night mode, you can do it all quickly and effortlessly, with just your Echo Show device, computer, and app. Amazon on your smartphone/tablet.
How did you set up your Echo Show? Do you use the night clock? Have you found your own settings? Feel free to tell your story in the comments section below and don't shy away from asking anything Echo-related.