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This guide has been prepared to show you the required steps involved to link your photo accounts to your Amazon Alexa Echo Show device. The guide covers all the Echo Show devices with a screen.
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You can manage your photo settings initially through the Alexa app and then the screen on the Echo Show.
There are only two choices when it comes to displaying your photos at the moment, either Amazon Photos or Facebook. Photos can be set as a static background, or a slide show or you can ask Alexa to view your photos just by saying “Alexa, show me my photos”.
The method for linking to either Amazon Photos or Facebook are essentially the same.
The Amazon Photos service is included with the Amazon Prime membership and gives you unlimited photo storage and 5 GB of video storage. Photos can be uploaded to your Amazon Photos account.
There is a mobile phone app that you can use to auto back-up your photos, which is really good to free up space on your phone, or if your phone is broken, lost or stolen.
The great thing about Amazon photos is you can share photos and whole albums privately with friends and family. It also easy to print your photos, and you can even create personalised gifts with your pictures.
If you have a Fire TV Stick you can also display your pictures on your TV.
For more information about getting an Amazon Photo account and the Amazon Photo app see the Amazon Photos website.
You can create albums in your account either by using the Amazon website or by using the Photos app.
To manage your albums via the website:
To manage your albums via the mobile phone app:
Linking Alexa with Facebook is a bit more straightforward. It displays pictures from your Facebook account, assuming that you already have an active account that you share posts on. The functionality is a little limited compared with the Amazon Photo service as you can only share albums with other Facebook members and you cannot manage your albums via the app.
For further help with creating photo albums on Facebook see their website.
If you are using Facebook albums for your photos you may want to set the Albums as “Only me”, instead of making them publically visible or visible to friends.
These are the steps you need to follow to link a photo service to your account using the Alexa App on your mobile phone or tablet:
When a photo is displaying that you would like to have as a static image on your home screen, just say “Alexa, make this photo my background”.
If you later decide that you want to change the album, go back into Wallpaper & Clock and tap on Change.
This will load your album collections. Then you can select which Albums from the list you would like by selecting or deselecting the Check Boxes that you want.
To be able to use your voice to select photos you need to have albums set up in your account.
Just say “Alexa, show my photos” and she will display a slide show of your selected default photos. To see a specific album, you can ask for it by name. It can be really nice to create family albums, and then you can say something like “Alexa, show me photos of Caroline”.
As long as your photo files are saved with a date, Alexa can collate the ones from the same day together and show you ones from the same day in years gone past, just say “Alexa, show this day photos”.
The slide show settings are in another menu separate from the photos. In here you can adjust how the photos are cropped and the speed that the photos.
When a slideshow is playing you can use the following commands:
“Alexa, [Pause / Resume / Repeat] slideshow.”
“Alexa, [Previous / Next] photo.”
For further tips on using Amazon Alexa and helping you to get familiar with the features we’ve also prepared a Quick Tips guide.
If you want to try out some more of the entertainment features you can also read our blog article with more help and advice on audio books, music, games and more.
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