The Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) is absolutely beautiful, and makes life easier for users while including a camera for video chatting. But what are you going to do if you don't plan on using the video-chat features and are a bit worried about your security? We'll take a look at how you can disable the camera on the Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen).
Products used in this guide
- Amazon: Echo Show (2nd gen) ($230)
How to disable the camera
- With the display turned on, swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Tap Settings.
- Scroll and select Device Options.
- Toggle Enable Camera to the off position.
After you have done this, the camera on your new Amazon Echo Show (2nd gen) will now be disabled. This is great for those who don't want to take advantage of video calling or might have privacy concerns.
Can you turn off the camera with your voice?
While Echo products are primarily powered by Alexa's voice services, it seems that Amazon is still holding things back a bit. Unfortunately, you can't ask Alexa to simply disable the camera on your Echo Show (2nd gen). Instead, you'll have to follow the steps above to get things done.
We are hoping that Amazon will reverse its course on this in the future, but maybe there will be an Alexa Skill you can add which will do the same thing.
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If you are ready to make the dive into a smart home, chances are you will want a hub. These hubs are starting to come with screens for video calling and other purposes, and there's none better than the new Echo Show (2nd gen). With a 10.1-inch HD display, you can watch TV, view recipe videos, and so much more.
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Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.