Digital Picture Frames That Bring Your Phone Snaps To Life

The easy way to display those pictures you always intend to print out (but never do)

It was estimated that 1.4 trillion digital photos would be taken in 2020, with more than 90 percent of them taken on phones. And unless you print them out, that’s an awful lot of pictures that won’t be seen—so display them in a digital picture frame. Here’s what to look for in one.

Simple Setup

Simply plug in a USB drive or microSD card and this gadget will automatically start displaying your shots. Atatat

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Most of the digital frames that you’ll find these days have motion sensors or timers which means they’re only on when you want them to be, and otherwise go into sleep mode. Plus, they know whether they’ve been positioned in portrait or landscape mode and will often adjust pictures accordingly. It’s unlikely you’ll be stuck for capacity either as most have at least 8GB of internal memory that will store thousands of photos, and many will also work with external SD cards and flash drives, too.

Super Social

Seamless access to a number of social media platforms makes it easy to display images stored elsewhere, and there’s a weather forecast function too. Pix-Star

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The real game-changer of next-gen digital frames has got to be their connectivity. Once they’re on your wifi network, not only can you send pictures from your device, but you can also access online photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, OneDrive, Flickr, Google Drive, Google Photos, 23Snaps and more. Better yet, family and friends from around the world can send their pictures directly to your frame, so you can see new images and messages on a daily basis. Top tip: let them know whether your frame is landscape or portrait so they can take their pictures so they’ll be displayed to their best advantage.

Connected Services

This display works with Alexa, and allows you to tap into services like Instagram, Facebook, and Dropbox. Nixplay

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Many digital frames come with added extras—some might have speakers built in so they can play videos with sound too, while others can be programmed to show you the weather in various locations around the world. Different products work in different ways, with some storing your photos on the device itself, and others using cloud storage—if using the latter, check whether you have to pay beyond a certain number of images.