Finding the best digital frame for grandparents can change the way you connect and share with less tech-savvy family members and seniors. Some of the most popular digital frames cater specifically to grandparents while still providing extensive functionality for the rest of the family. We’ll explore what the best digital frames for grandparents offer, how they work, what to look for, and how to find the perfect digital frame for your home and family!
What is the best digital frame for grandparents to use?
The Pix-Star is one of the best digital frames for grandparents, providing extensive features and functionality catering to both less tech-savvy users and the entire family. Pix-Star’s frames come with Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity, letting you store all of your photos on the cloud and share pictures to any of your Pix-Star frames – no matter where you are in the world.
The Pix-Star Snap mobile app lets you share up to 250 photos to several Pix-Star frames at the same time. You can also send 2-minute video clips and audio recordings directly from your phone to any of your frames. The mobile app doesn’t require users to create an account and there are no subscription fees – unlike competing frames like Nixplay and Skylight.
Pix-Star supports a web album feature that lets you link and sync photo albums from a dozen external sources including Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive & Photos, Dropbox, Flickr, and more. These web albums can automatically update when you add new photos. Additionally, you can remotely manage web albums and start them as slideshows using the Pix-Star web interface.
The web interface has a remote configuration feature that lets you start slideshows from anywhere in the world. You can remotely adjust each of your frame’s settings, change slideshow settings, manage cloud storage, and much more. Pix-Star’s web interface is also where you can register new frames, create multi-frame control groups (with up to 25 Pix-Star frames), and import/manage connected web albums.
When you combine Pix-Star’s simple photo sharing, advanced features such as remote configuration support and web album support, and Pix-Star’s versatile slideshows and settings, it’s arguably the best frame for grandparents for the money.
You can start slideshows remotely for your grandparents, manage their frame’s settings, connect your favorite social media photo albums, and much more – all without the confusion and frustration seniors usually face.
Are the best digital frames for grandparents easy to use?
The best digital frames for grandparents are designed to be as simple as possible to use, while still providing modern features and functionality for the rest of the family. This is seen through Wi-Fi and cloud-enabled features that let you send photos wirelessly, save pictures to the cloud, and even remotely control your grandparents’ digital frames.
Setting up a digital frame for grandparents is usually quick and simple. With Pix-Star’s frames, you simply need to connect to a Wi-Fi network during the initial setup process. Once connected to Wi-Fi, you have to register the frame on the Pix-Star web dashboard to access features like cloud storage, web albums, and remote configuration support.
Adding your Pix-Star frames to the Pix-Star Snap mobile app only requires its unique email address. You don’t need to create an account for each user (as is the case with many competing frames) and none of the mobile app’s features are locked behind a subscription paywall.
Starting slideshows on Pix-Star’s frames is done with one or two clicks from the frame’s home screen. You can slideshows remotely using Pix-Star’s remote configuration feature too. Note that you can only start slideshows from saved web albums.
Is it best to mount a digital frame for grandparents on the wall?
Mounting a digital frame for grandparents on the wall is a great idea for 10-inch and 15-inch digital frames. Note that many of these frames also include attachable stands for resting the frame on a flat surface like a table or mantelpiece.
Pix-Star’s frame for seniors supports wall mounting the frame with a standard VESA mount. This is a robust and secure wall mount setup and supports both landscape and portrait orientations. Pix-Star’s frames also have dedicated hanging holes built into the frame’s rear.
Pix-Star’s frames use a combination of a built-in motion sensor, remote configuration, auto-on/off schedules, and a handheld remote to control the frame. Grandparents will have no trouble controlling their Pix-Star frames, starting slideshows, and managing the frame’s settings (with the help of remote configuration support).
Should the best digital frames for grandparents have a touchscreen?
Many digital frames for grandparents with touchscreens can often become tedious to use. Grandparents have to stand or sit directly in front of the frame to navigate slideshows, made worse by a confusing interface or unresponsive touch display.
Cost is another major factor. Touch screen panels are significantly more expensive for digital frames larger than 8 inches. Features have to be sacrificed to offer a touchscreen display. These sacrificed features often include must-have grandparent-friendly features such as remote configuration or automatic slideshows from incoming photos.
Do the best digital frames for grandparents need Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi connectivity is a key feature of many of the best digital frames for grandparents. Pix-Star’s frames use Wi-Fi to let you send photos from anywhere in the world using email, the Pix-Star Snap mobile app, photo albums from social media & photo-sharing sites, and much more.
Pix-Star’s frames use Wi-Fi to give you remote control support for any of your Pix-Star frames. You can manage up to 25 Pix-Star frames from a single user account, adjust their settings, start and change slideshow, and import photo albums from a dozen external sources such as Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive & Photos, etc.
With that said, top digital frames for grandparents like the Pix-Star also work extensively without Wi-Fi. You can load photos to the frame via USB or SD card. Pix-Star doesn’t restrict the maximum size of inserted USB or SD cards and can play slideshows directly from them (without you having to copy their content to the frame’s internal storage before viewing slideshows).
Pix-Star’s frames include 8GB of internal storage, extensive USB and SD card support, and most of their settings are available offline. You can start slideshows while the frame is offline. All synced web albums are saved to the frame’s internal storage, whereby you can include them in slideshows, manage local storage, and much more.