Friday, May 20, 2022

Amazon Echo Show: 10 essential tips

The 7-inch color touchscreen is easily the Amazon Echo Show’s best feature, but it’s also responsible for the smart speaker’s higher price tag compared to the rest of Amazon’s smart-speaker lineup. Here are some of the ways you can take full advantage of it.

Most of these tips can be used with the Echo Spot, too. That model has a 2.5-inch screen and costs $100 less than the Show.

Put photo albums on your home screen

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By default, the Echo Show will cycle through background images supplied by Amazon, but using your own photo albums will give it a more personal touch.

The first step is to create a photo album in Amazon’s Prime Photos service. Download the app on your phone or visit the Prime Photos website, create an album, and throw your favorite family photos into it. Alternatively, you can tag some faces under the “People” section.

Back on the Echo Show, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap “Settings.” Select Home screen, then Background, and select Prime Photos. From here, you can select one of your albums or choose a particular person or place to draw from. Your home screen will then shuffle through these photos for its background image.

Get your agenda at a glance

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By connecting your calendar to Alexa, you can see upcoming appointments on the Echo Show’s home screen. Open the Alexa app on your phone, then hit the menu button and select Settings. Scroll down and select Calendar, and then choose your calendar provider and follow the login instructions.

Once this is set up, the home screen will display the next upcoming event from whatever calendars you’ve chosen. You can also say “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?” for a full rundown.

In addition to calendar appointments, the home screen can also show upcoming reminders. Just ask Alexa to remind you about something at a specific time, and it’ll appear on the home screen automatically.


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