Alexa Photos

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.

Devices:

Echo Show5 - with 5 inch screen
Echo Show 5 (with 5″ screen)
Echo Show
Echo Show
Echo Show8 - with 8 inch screen
Echo Show 8 (with 8″ screen)

If you can, read this guide in full as it will help you to decide, where there are options, which will be most suitable. Should you have any difficulties please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@tltechsmart.com.

We have also created a series of videos to help you, which you can find on our YouTube Channel.

You can manage your photo settings initially through the Alexa app and then the screen on the Echo Show. 

Here are some handy links to the app stores for Android and Apple:

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Photo service options #

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.

Amazon Photos #

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.

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Click to open the Mac version of the app
Click to open the Apple version of the app

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:

  • Go into the Amazon Photos site (make sure you’re signed into the same account as on your Echo device).  If this is your first time using the Amazon service you will need to register.
  • Select Albums > Create album.
  • Name your Album at the top of the page.
  • To add photos, you can drag and drop the photos you want into the album.  Note that this is not immediately obvious as there are no instructions to guide you that you can use your mouse to just drop files in.
  • Or you can click the Add Photos button on the right hand side and this will access the photos that you already have uploaded into your account.  If you have selected to back up your photos from your phone via the app then these photos will appear here.
  • Then click on Save Album at the top right hand side of the screen.

To manage your albums via the mobile phone app:

  • Open the Amazon Photos App.
  • Tap on Albums on the bottom middle of the screen.
  • Here you will see any albums that you already have set up.  You can create a new album by tapping on the Plus + sign near the top right hand corner of the screen.
  • Give your album a name, then tap done or Next.
  • You will then be taken to your photos where you can select which ones you would like to include in your album.  Tap on Create and that is your album ready for use or for sharing.

Facebook #

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.

Linking to your Chosen Photo Service via the Alexa App #

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:

  • Open the Alexa App.
  • Tap on three lines in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Tap on Settings at the bottom of the menu.
  • Scroll down and tap on Photos in the Alexa Preferences section.
  • You will see the photo services available.
  • Next to Amazon Photos, it will either say “Use the App” or “Open the App” next to this option. Selecting Amazon Photos will direct you to download the Amazon Photo app, if you haven’t already got this set up on your device, or will open the Amazon Photo app.
  • Next to Facebook, you’ll see it says “Link Account”.
  • When you set up the link to Facebook, you will be taken to your account log-in screen.  If you don’t already have an account you can also choose to create an account from here.  Once into your Facebook account you will be asked to permit Alexa access to your photos.

Setting a Photo as your Home Screen #

Via the Touchscreen #

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen on your Echo device and tap Settings.
  • Tap Wallpaper & Clock.
  • Scroll down and select Alexa App Photo.
  • Go into the Alexa app on your mobile phone or tablet .
  • Tap on three lines in the top left corner of the screen.
  • Tap on Settings at the bottom of the menu.
  • Tap on Device Settings.
  • Scroll down to find and select your Alexa Show device.
  • Scroll down to Home Screen Background.  Tap to select this.
  • Scroll down to Single Photo and tap on Add a photo from this device.
  • Select a photo from your devices photo albums.
  • Tap on upload and you will see the screen on the Alexa device change to your selected photo.

Using Your Voice #

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”.

Setting Photos as a Slideshow on your Home Screen #

Via the Touchscreen #

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen on your Echo device and tap Settings.
  • Tap Wallpaper & Clock.
  • Tap Amazon Photos or Facebook.
  • Then select the album(s) you wish to connect to Alexa.  You can select all your photos, the most recent 500 photos, photos from this day in years past, or specific albums that you have created.
  • There is no need to save this, just by pressing the check boxes this is the settings completed.

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.

Using Your Voice #

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”.

Slide Show Settings #

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.

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen on your Echo device and tap Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap Alexa Preferences.
  • Select Photos.
  • Select Photo Slideshow.
  • Select Display, the default is Smart Cropping, which is suitable for typical photos taken on a camera or smart phone.  You can also select No Cropping or Cropping All, but the default is probably the best option.
  • Go back to Photo Slideshow.
  • Select Speed, the default is Medium, you can also select Slow which is 10 seconds or Fact which is 2 seconds.

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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