Originally, Echo devices were intended to offer audio control only, allowing you, the user, to instruct Alexa to do whatever you want it to do. That is until the presentation of the Echo Show, which I could describe as the tablet version of the Amazon Echo.
Why Echo Show?
With the Echo devices, Amazon has clearly intended to focus on audio commands to operate its smart home. These commands work perfectly and show that you don’t need a screen for ease of use. However, with the launch of smart home products like the Ring Doorbell and Wyze Cam came the need for visual support.
And thus the Echo Show was born. With an Echo Show, users can gain access to their surveillance equipment and also customize a complete audio and video experience.
Home screen background
As with any touch screen device, you can set a new background for your Echo Show. In fact, you can personalize your entire on-screen viewing experience to a greater degree than you might think.
- To change the appearance of the home screen, simply swipe down from the top of the screen and then tap the gear icon (settings).
- Navigate to Home and clock in this menu and then tap Clock.
- You will see several different categories on the screen. These include Recent watches, Modern, Classic, Playful, Personal photos, Y Photography. If that’s not enough, how about the fact that each of these categories has even more configuration options? For example, him Classic The category comes with 5 options: zen, College House, Stellar, Y Kaleidoscope. In addition, each of the 5 will go through different origins.
- If you want your home screen to stick to a particular background, navigate to the pencil icon (edit) and select a photo.
Add and remove photos
Of course, you can add personal photos and even create slideshows. However, you won’t be able to do this from the Echo Show itself, even if you capture an image with its front camera. To add custom photos to your Echo Show device, you will need to subscribe to Prime Photos or use the smartphone app.
- If you are a Prime Photos member, go to Settings on your Echo Show.
- Then touch Home and clockand select Clock.
- From this screen, select Personal photos, then Bottom, Y Photos Prime. This will access your Prime Photos subscription and allow you to choose one of those uploaded and set it as the home screen on your Echo Show.
- Alternatively, you can use the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet. Once you have logged in Bottom menu (as described above), select Photo from the Alexa app instead of Photos Prime.
- Now, open the Alexa app, go to Settingsand select Your echo show of the list. Then select Home screen background and choose a photo from your phone that you want to upload.
You can’t really remove the photo from the home screen of your Echo Show. What you can do is select the most basic one available. Deleting the photo from your phone memory will not affect the home screen and deleting the photo from your Prime Photos account will only display the default image on your Echo Show.
Add starter cards
What are Amazon Home cards anyway? Android phone and tablet users may see a resemblance to widgets. Essentially, the Echo Show is packed with more useful features than just the clock and background. With Home Cards, you can display Messages, Reminders, Notifications, Upcoming Events, Trending Topics, Weather, Drop In, and other features on your home screen.
You can set them to play continuously (the clock will no longer be displayed all the time) or to appear every time a notification arrives. Go to the settings screen again (gear icon), followed by Home and clockand look for the Starter cards function in the list. From this menu, you can choose which cards you would like to be displayed and how you would like them to be displayed (continuously or based on notifications).
Night mode dims the screen on your Echo Show and filters notifications so they don’t bother you (you could be sleeping or participating in other activity in the bedroom, who knows?). Night mode is activated from the Home and clock menu.
Customizing your echo show
As you can see, customizing an Echo Show device is pretty simple and straightforward. Choose your desired clock face, background photo, starter cards, the way you want them to be displayed, and turn night mode on or off for the ideal Echo Show user experience.
How have you personalized your Echo Show experience? What are your favorite Home Cards? Have you had any problems on the way? Share with the community in the comment section below.