This is how you use your old Android tablet as a digital photo frame

Do you still have an old Android tablet or hefty phablet in your house? Give the device a second life, and turn it into a digital photo frame.

Do you still have an old Android tablet or hefty phablet in your house? Give the device a second life, and turn it into a digital photo frame.

Tablet as a digital photo frame: This is how you do it

With a digital photo frame, it becomes a lot easier to retrieve old memories. No dull frames with only a single photo, but continuously other shots in the picture. The big disadvantage: such a digital photo frame can be quite expensive.

Fortunately, there is another solution, if you have some old electronics lying around. With just a few minor adjustments, you can use an Android tablet (or a large-scale Android smartphone) as a digital photo frame. Handy if you ever bought a simple tablet that you no longer use, or if you have now replaced the Nexus 7 with a newer model.

First, prepare your old tablet for its new life. You do that by making the device as ‘stupid’ as possible. Remove all unnecessary apps. Are there non-removable apps active in the background? Try to deactivate it to prevent it from consuming electricity. The more apps you can disable, the more you limit the power consumption. Then you place all photos on your tablet via an online storage service such as Dropbox or Google Photos, or with a USB cable.

Best slideshow apps

Then you need an app that can show the photos in slideshow form, just like a real digital photo frame. Such a feature is already built into most of the included gallery apps, such as Google Photos. You can also opt for Dayframe, an app that links different photo sources. This way you can show not only the photos on your device but also your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Enough of your own photos? Then choose other sources on Tumblr or Instagram for example to vary the images.

Start a slideshow and your tablet photo frame is ready for use. All you have to do is find a nice place for the tablet in your home. If your tablet is on for several hours a day, it might be smart to keep a charger close. Even with the power consumption of other apps in the background minimized, your new photo frame does not last several days.