Echo Show gives you a reason to actually use Amazon Prime Photos

There are too many ways to manage your photos online. That's a good thing, actually, because choice is good. It's just that I've never had any reason to use Amazon Prime Photos, and so I'd never bothered taking a look at Amazon Prime Photos.

Amazon Echo Show

Turns out it's actually pretty good. Probably not as good or use as Google Photos, or Apple's own scheme. But it's definitely something you should check out at some point.

And if you're one of the early folks who has a new Echo Show (opens in new tab), you'll definitely want to fire up Prime Photos.

A couple reasons for this: First is that if you actually take any pictures with the Echo Show (not that there's any real reason to do this, other than the novelty of it), Prime Photos is where they'll show up. So it's at least worth keeping an eye on that, because kids do the darnedest things. (Also: Stickers!)

But the better reason is because you can turn the Echo Show into a digital picture frame. Here's how:

  1. First, you'll need pictures. I'll assume you have some somewhere and can upload them to Prime Photos on your own. You'll also need one of the following: Prime Photos on the web (opens in new tab), the Android app (opens in new tab), or the iOS app (opens in new tab).
  2. Log in to Prime Photos, and go to "Add." Then choose "Create Album." I gave mine an easy name — "Echo Show Pics" — so I'll know what I'm sending to the Echo Show.
  3. Add pics to that album!
  4. Now head on over to your Echo Show

And that's it. While the Echo Show is still a pretty poor appliance for headlines that actually matter, I'm loving it as a digital picture frame.

  • Prime photos is okay, its been getting better but their search will probably never be as good as Google's (I'm assuming anyway). That said, I love Prime photos because its just another place I can safely back up all my photos. I believe it does it at original quality too (unlike Google). I was already using Prime for 2 day delivery and Video, etc, so finding out that I had unlimited photo back up with them as well was really icing on the cake. I use both Prime and Google photos to back up them up, because you can't be too careful.
  • ACTUALLY use Prime Photos, Phil? I'm sure there's tons of Prime members like me who already use Prime photos as their method for photo backups. Why wouldn't I use something that has unlimited photo storage included with my yearly Prime membership?
  • Can you configure Prime Photos to allow multiple people to submit to a folder, a la Google Drive? I could see this getting interesting if my cousins could randomly upload pictures of their kids to my parents Prime Photos account, so that they would be surprised with new photos when they went down into the kitchen.