How to use Digital Photo Frame
Electronic picture frame looks like an ordinary Frame, but instead photos are stored in electronic form. Photos are displayed on liquid crystal display(LCD), usually 7-10-inch but there are also other sizes. Best digital photo frames feature memory card connectivity, usb port, and also you can connect them directly to the camera/PC. Data transfer to the electronic picture frame is easy, quick process. Moreover, some photo frames are able to play music and video files, hence it can have as much features as small portable tv. As well as their predecessors – ordinary photo frames, they differ in color, shape and design, many of them can be rotated.
But the most important advantage of the Digital Frame is ease of use (almost all of them have the remote control) and easy playback of photos and videos, which in their own right can be without hassle uploaded from any storage, a memory card or usb flash drive.
First things first, you need to unpack your frame, check if everything is included and start with setting it up.
Hold your electronic picture frame and screw or insert (depending on manufacturer) provided stand into the hole on the back panel. Adjust stand accordingly, so it doesn’t move inside the hole. If it isn’t set properly, the frame may fall over. Then you should set your frame to portrait or landscape orientation, according to your needs. Most models feature auto-rotating of images, depending on frames orientation. But in some cases you may need to turn this feature on in digital frame settings.
Wall-mountable frames can be placed on the wall, so check if your model supports this feature. Hanging frame on the wall is quite simple process, but requires some work. Basically, you should make sure to use screws that fit in the screw holes on the back panel of the device. Then, you need to screw those in the wall at the desired location. And, finally, just hang the photo frame on the wall, but be careful check that all of the screws fit in to the screw holes.
You need to connect AC adaptor both to your digital photo frame and to the wall. Most manufacturers provide AC adaptors. But if you don’t have any, your digital frame might only work from its batteries or rechargeable batteries. In that case check if you have new battery installed. It’s important to consider all safety measures regarding socket outlet and the wire of adaptor. Check twice that your digital frame is placed on steady flat surface. Next step is turning on thepower switch and in some cases turning digital frame on with remote control. You can set up current time and date now.
Many electronic photo frames have their own internal memory storage. Most often it is really small, something like 16 to 128Mb, and doesn’t allow you to use digital frame to its fullest extent. The most convenient media storage devices for electronic frames are SD, CF, XD-Picture and MMC memory cards with storage capacity up to 128GB. Nearly all digital photo frames have a universal card reader or separate ports for different types of memory cards. You can also connect Usb flash card via usb port or mini-usb on the rear panel of the frame. The process of connecting memory card is really simple, but you have to make sure that your digital photo frame supports the exact type of memory card you’re planning on using.
In order to export pictures from PC to digital frame you will need to connect them via USB cable. Next step would be to transfer all data manually through Windows. It is purely intuitive and easy. Same process applies when transferring data to memory card, for future use in the frame. Also some manufacturers provide software for their product, therefore make sure you install it. Even easier way to transfer data for modern devices that support WiFi. If your frame supports WiFi connection, first of all you need to connect it to your wireless network. Then, depending on the brand, you would need to create account for your device on manufacturers website. Often those types of digital frames provided with big cloud storages or infinite mail storages, which are used to transfer images and videos directly. Also, you often can load and display photos from your social network accounts.
How to setup key features
As every brand and model are quite different from one another, it’s not possible to know what exact features your digital frame supports. Therefore, I’m going to list some basic ones that are available on most of the devices:
- Slideshow display – there can be different sub-modes, like Single view (display photo 1 by 1), Multi image view(several photo displayed at same time), Clock view, Calendar view and Random view.
- Image rotation
- Search, Delete, Edit, Export of photos from the device
- Motion Sensor(it is present on some modern digital frames)
- Alarm function
Tips for using electronic photo frames
- Clean the LCD screen from accumulated dust with a soft dry cloth.
- Do not leave frame on if you are leaving for long amounts of time to maximize its lifetime.
- Don’t use extreme capacity memory cards, like 64GBs and more, it may correspond to faulty and slow work of the device.
- When playing video not every codec may be read, re-encode the video into a standard format like mpeg or avi on a PC.
Of course, there are lots of different brands and models of digital frames, but I tried to outline some basic information you will need in order to configure your frame. It is fairly simple and straightforward process most of the time. I hope your electronic picture frame is working properly now and displays photos as intended.
Enjoy your beautiful memories.
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