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9 Best Digital Picture Frames to Display and Share Photos

Enjoy memories even more when you take them from phone to frame.

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Vacation snaps, family pictures, close-ups of your pet—they’re probably all trapped on your phone’s camera roll. After all, when was the last time you made a print let alone framed it? Digital picture frames allow you to copy images from your smartphone, computer, or digital camera and display them as a slideshow in your living room or anywhere else you want to show off your memories to family and friends. They’re also a popular gift for college students, newlyweds, and older relatives.

Since many digital picture frames have their own email address, you can send an image to a frame from anywhere in the world. Imagine a grandparent’s delight when a new picture of a graduation, wedding, or other special event appears on their frame! But, just like any other product, some digital picture frames are well made and easy to use while others have wonky photo displays and clunky interfaces. To make sure you end up with the former, consider our recommendations below.

Best Digital Picture Frames

    The Expert: For nearly 40 years, I’ve been reviewing consumer technology for publications including U.S. News & World Report, CNET, Rolling Stone, and Sound & Vision. I’m also a judge for the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame. I have reviewed and gifted numerous digital picture frames since the category was introduced more than two decades ago.

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    How to Choose a Digital Picture Frame

    Sure, price is a big deal, but it’s not everything. Cheaper, low-quality frames may make your pictures look blurry or distorted. Or you may end up with a model that’s annoyingly cumbersome to use. See which of the following features you’d like, and then price out your options.


    Newer models allow you to wirelessly transmit photos directly from your smartphone or computer to the frame while older, cheaper ones force you to manually drag-and-drop photos onto a USB thumb drive or microSD card from your computer. Some let you do both.

    If you want to send a faraway family member or friend a picture at any time (or receive pics from your kid at college), the frame needs to be Wi-Fi enabled. Keep in mind that many Wi-Fi enabled frames store images and videos only in the cloud and stream them to your device, which means you may not see photos if your Wi-Fi goes down. And if you’re buying a frame for someone who doesn’t have Wi-Fi access, you’ll need to make sure it has an option to use it without Wi-Fi.


    You can buy digital picture frames in different screen heights and widths, what’s known as the “aspect ratio.” It’s typically either 16:9 or 16:10, the widescreen rectangular shape of your TV, or 4:3, squarish like old tube TVs. Most frames can stand on their own or be wall mounted. Older family members will usually appreciate larger frames. If the frame is for you, consider where you plan to place it. You’ll probably want a larger frame for a living room than you would for a nightstand.


    Check the pixel width on the frames you’re considering, so you don’t end up with fuzzy images. Lower-end models start at around 800 pixels wide, while high-definition versions clock in at 1280 pixels. The sharpest ones display images at 2048 pixels wide, often referred to as “2K,” or twice the resolution of a high-definition TV. In general, look for at least 1280 pixels. If you’re a photography buff, you may want to splurge on the highest-res display.

    Photo Capacity

    Most frames have 10 to 50 gigabytes (GB) worth of memory to store photos and videos. Depending on the resolution of your photos, you’ll be able to fit roughly 1,000 images per GB. Videos take up much more space, so if you plan to store more than a few of them, opt for a frame with more memory. Something else to consider: A handful of companies offer subscription plans for extra storage.

    Display Options

    Choose a frame with “automatic orientation control” so both landscape and portrait pictures correctly display on the frame. These next few options aren’t must-haves, but touchscreens (to easily access menus), motion sensors (that only activate the frame when someone is nearby), and speakers (that can be muted) are handy features. It’s also gratifying to set how long each picture displays, randomly shuffle the images, or put them in order by date. Older family members may also enjoy having a clock, calendar, and weather functions on their frame.

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    Photo by Stewart Wolpin // Our expert strikes a pose captured here in the Nixplay Touch.

    How We Selected These Digital Picture Frames

    From the dozens of digital picture frames sold online or in stores, I focused on products from established brands. These are brands that have been in the business for a least a few years and tend to sell frames with high-resolution LCD screens that do your pictures justice versus the fly-by-night companies that sell cheap frames around Mother’s Day and Christmas. I leaned toward frames with screens that are at least 8 inches (smaller frames aren’t worth the money), and I prioritized Wi-Fi enabled frames, since they’re a better choice if you have wireless access. I’ve tested many frames over the years and tried a half-dozen models that were new to me for the purposes of the article. Here are the best digital picture frames you can snap up right now.

    Best Value Smaller Screen
    Aluratek AWDMPF208F
    Now 12% off

    • Uploads photos with or without Wi-Fi
    • Easy-to-use touchscreen
    • Stylish

    • Small screen

    Key Specs

    • Display: 8 in. (1024 x 768 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: 16GB, SD/SDHC memory card, USB jack
    • Frame Finishes: Black, white

    Best suited for small spaces, including dorm rooms, this digital picture frame allows photos to be downloaded from Facebook Messenger or Twitter, in addition to your email. A tablet-like touchscreen makes it a breeze to navigate features like the clock/alarm, calendar, and weather. You can set slideshows to background music thanks to the built-in speaker.

    Best Value Larger Screen
    Skylight Frame

    • View photos with or without Wi-Fi
    • Easy-to-use touchscreen
    • Large screen

    • Less storage than average

    Key Specs

    • Display: 10 in. (1280 x 800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: 8GB on frame
    • Frame Finishes: Black, white

    The nifty thing about the Skylight frame is that you can upload photos via Wi-Fi, but the pics (up to about 8,000 of them) are stored in your device rather than the Cloud. So if you’re having Wi-Fi issues, your frame will still operate. Another clever touch: You can tap the “heart” icon on a photo that a friend or family member sent you, and they’ll be notified of your warm response.

    Best for Gifting
    Aura Carver Luxe
    Now 20% off

    • Loads pictures automatically
    • Shuts off in dark room
    • Has built-in speaker

    • Zooms photos to fill screen; need to edit them to appear in original shape
    • No touchscreen
    • Requires Wi-Fi

    Key Specs

    • Display: 10.1 in. (1920 x 1200 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: Unlimited cloud
    • Frame Finishes: Gravel, Sea Salt, Matte, Biscuit “pet edition”

    A digital picture frame is a great gift…until the recipient gets it and has no idea how to make their photos appear. Aura has solved the problem. When you buy this frame as a gift, you’ll receive a code. Once your recipient connects the device to Wi-Fi, they’ll get a prompt to enter the code you received. The frame then automatically downloads and fills up with all photos you’ve pre-chosen. It also displays two portrait pictures side-by-side, perfect for grandparents to show off their grandkids.

    Best for Big Families
    Nixplay Smart Photo Frame
    Now 14% off

    • Links up to 10 frames with Nixplay Plus membership
    • Easy-to-use touchscreen
    • Works with Alexa

    • Charges extra for more memory and other features
    • Sits loosely on stand
    • Requires Wi-Fi

    Key Specs

    • Display: 10.1 in. (1280 x 800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: 10GB cloud, 50GB cloud with Nixplay Plus membership
    • Frame Finishes: Black, Wood Effect

    If you and your siblings or extended family members are all interested in buying digital picture frames to swap photos, Nixplay is the way to go. Its membership allows you to link up to 10 of its frames, plus you can create private and group playlists. You’ll also receive 25 percent off subsequent frames purchased and storage for roughly 50,000 pictures. Easy-to-follow video setup guides are helpful for less tech-savvy family members.

    Best for Someone Without Wi-Fi Access
    Aluratek ADPFR09

    • Features auto picture orientation
    • Has motion sensor
    • Includes clock, calendar, auto on/off timer

    • Doesn’t work with Wi-Fi
    • Small remote control

    Key Specs

    • Display: 9 in. (1024 x 768 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: No
    • Memory: 16GB on frame, SD memory card, USB jack
    • Frame Finish: Black

    Perfect for a relative who doesn’t have Wi-Fi access, this digital picture frame includes more advanced features than others in its price range. For instance, it has a built-in motion sensor so pictures start to display only when someone comes into viewing range, usually around 30 feet. It also contains a slot that allows the frame to be tethered to prevent someone from stealing it.

    Best For Travel
    Kodak 10-Inch Smart Touch Screen Rechargeable Digital Picture Frame

    • Operates via rechargeable battery or power cord
    • Comes with wooden swivel stand
    • Displays weather forecast

    • Made by a licensee, not Kodak

    Key Specs

    • Display: 10 in. (1280 x 800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: 16GB, SD/SDHC memory card, USB jack
    • Frame Finishes: Ocean Blue, Rose Gold

    This digital picture frame is road-trip ready. Unlike many frames, it doesn’t need to be plugged in for operation; just use the batteries that last up to five hours per charge. The frame's wooden swivel stand enables precise adjustment of the screen’s viewing angle. Pictures look great thanks to the frame’s brightness and contrast controls plus its ability to automatically adjust ambient light.

    Best for the Bedroom
    Aura Mason Luxe

    • Turns off automatically in dark room
    • Excellent picture quality
    • Photos can be automatically uploaded

    • Zooms photos to fill screen; need to edit photos to appear in original shape
    • No touchscreen
    • Wi-Fi required

    Key Specs

    • Display: 9.7 in. (2048 x 1536 “2K” resolution, 4:3)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: Unlimited Cloud
    • Frame Finishes: Pebble, White Quartz

    Your bedroom is a perfect place for a digital picture frame except when it’s time for some shut-eye. Even after you turn off the lights and TV, many digital frames continue to shine brightly. (You can program most to shut off at a certain hour, but what if you don’t go to bed at the same time every night?) This smart model contains a sensor that darkens the frame as soon as you turn off your bedroom lights. Brilliant!

    Best for Digital Signage
    Aluratek AWS17F

    • Anti-theft security slot
    • Easy-to-use touchscreen
    • Built-in speaker

    • No motion sensor

    Key Specs

    • Display: 17.3 in. (1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: 16GB on frame, SD memory card, USB jack
    • Frame Finish: Black

    Attention business owners: This frame is the lowest priced larger model. Its easy-to-view, high-resolution screen is an attractive display for your signage. A security slot lets you tether it to the wall or counter. The frame also includes a clock, calendar, and weather features. For added peace of mind, it’s one of the few digital picture frames with a two-year warranty.

    Best Poster Replacement
    Meural Canvas II

    • Offers the largest screen available
    • Fits in well with almost any décor
    • Anti-glare screen coating

    • No touchscreen
    • Lower-than-average storage

    Key Specs

    • Display: 27 in. (1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio)
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Memory: 4GB Cloud, 2GB on frame, SD card slot
    • Frame Finishes: Black, White, dark wood, light wood

    Instead of hanging a painting or poster on your wall, this 19 x 29-inch wall-mounted frame brightly displays an ever-changing array of 100 masterpieces, as well as your own photos. A subscription ($9 monthly, $70 annually) gives you access to more than 30,000 pieces of classic, modern, and emerging art plus 20GB of cloud storage. There’s also a 21.5-inch version (16 x 24 in.) for $600.

    Expert Stewart Wolpin Focuses on What to Look for in a Digital Picture Frame
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    Photo by Stewart Wolpin // Go for an art gallery look with the Meural Canvas II digital picture frame.

    PM: How big a frame should I get?

    S.W.: Unlike a smartphone or even a tablet, which are designed to be viewed at, minimum, arm’s length, the image on a digital picture frame needs to be clearly seen across a room. An 8-inch frame is the minimum size for a nightstand or end table. Choose a screen of at least 10 inches if you’re placing the frame on a shelf. Planning to hang your frame on a wall? Buy a screen as large as your room can accommodate or you can afford.

    PM: How can I tell a “good” digital picture frame from a lower-quality one?

    S.W.: You can connect the best frames to Wi-Fi and control them from an app. These two features are a sign of due diligence by a committed manufacturer. It indicates the company likely includes newer, high-quality LCD panels in its digital picture frames, so your images look as vivid as they did as when you snapped your photo.

    PM: How many pictures can I store on a frame?

    S.W.: Most digital picture frames include at least 8GB of memory on the frame or in the cloud, which amounts to at least 8,000 pictures. You can figure on around 1,000 pictures per gigabyte, depending on the resolution of your photos and how many videos you have.

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