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6 Things to Look for in a Digital Photo Frame with Email Upload


How does a digital photo frame with email upload work?

A digital photo frame with email upload lets you send pictures as attachments to an email to any of your digital frames from anywhere in the world. It’s a quick, simple, familiar, and elderly-friendly way to share photos without using mobile apps, USB/SD cards, or importing photos directly from social media.

With Pix-Star’s digital photo frames with email upload, each frame has a unique and dedicated email address. This address identifies the frame and lets you receive photos via email, mobile app, and from some other external sources.

To send photos to the Pix-Star digital frame by email, simply add the photos as attachments. Make sure to add the photos as attachments, as opposed to dragging and dropping them into the body of the email. With some email providers, this loads the photos as HTML and not as attachments – meaning the receiving frame can’t download the photos.

When you hit send, Pix-Star’s frames receive the photos via their dedicated email address. They’re saved locally to each receiving frame’s 8GB internal storage. Each of this photo-mail is also saved to the Pix-Star cloud. Each Pix-Star frame comes with free-for-life cloud storage. You can manage cloud storage and all of your saved photo-mail on the cloud using your frame’s web dashboard.

Once saved locally on each receiving Pix-Star digital photo frame, you can include any photo mail in slideshows. Pix-Star provides a media gallery with an internal file explorer. Here you can select which files and folders to include in slideshows, delete unwanted photos, move files around, create new folders and fill them with pictures, and more.

What is the best large digital photo frame with email upload?

Pix-Star’s 15-inch digital photo frame with email upload is arguably the most versatile large frame on the market today. Pix-Star offers free-for-life cloud storage, 8GB of internal storage, and a large 4:3 display with adjustable color and brightness settings. Pix-Star’s slideshows are highly customizable and don’t require Wi-Fi to work. Unlike competing frames from Skylight, Pix-Star doesn’t charge any recurring subscription fees.

With every Pix-Star frame, you get access to their mobile app, web interface, and full email upload feature. Pix-Star lets you send photos directly to any of your Pix-Star frames via email as attachments. These photos are saved locally on the frame as photo-mail and to Pix-Star’s cloud.

Pix-Star’s large 15-inch digital frames are one of the few premium frames that cater to both families and elderly users without sacrificing important features. You can remotely control and manage up to 25 Pix-Star frames from a single user account, adjust their settings, remotely start slideshows, manage cloud and local storage, and much more.

An internal file explorer lets you manage all of your local photo-mail, move them between folders, start slideshows from selected files and folders, delete folders or files, and much more. It gives you control over what you see in slideshows without having to shuffle through a random mix of all of your saved photo mail.

Do digital photo frames with email upload need Wi-Fi?

Pix-Star’s digital photo frames with email don’t need Wi-Fi at all times to work. Pix-Star offers extensive offline functionality by offering 8GB of internal storage and full USB and SD card support. You can connect a USB/SD card to the frame and play slideshows directly without having to copy anything to the frame’s internal storage first – a feature known as plug & play.

Any photos saved locally on Pix-Star’s frames can play in slideshows without Wi-Fi. This includes photos synced from linked web albums (from social media, photo-sharing sites, and cloud storage platforms).

Pix-Star’s digital photo frames need Wi-Fi to receive email uploads, photos, and videos from the mobile app (Pix-Star Snap), and web albums via the web interface, and to use the remote configuration feature. This is the ideal balance between Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi features.

For comparison, many top digital frames like Aura and Skylight frames need Wi-Fi at all times to work. Without Wi-Fi, you cannot play photos on slideshows. These cloud-only digital frames don’t have internal storage and don’t support using USBs or SD cards.

Do digital photo frames with email uploads save to the cloud?

Pix-Star’s digital photo frames with email upload automatically save incoming photos from the mobile app, email, and web albums linked from the web dashboard to the cloud. Each Pix-Star digital photo frame offers free-for-life cloud storage and access to Pix-Star’s web interface.

You can create multi-frame control groups and manage their cloud storage, settings, start slideshows, motion sensors, and more, from anywhere in the world. Changes made to the cloud provide the option to delete the locally saved copy too. This change will only take effect when the Pix-Star frame is reconnected to Wi-Fi to implement the changes locally.

Can I upload videos to my digital photo frame by email?

Not many digital photo frames let you send videos to the frame by email. Most email providers have strict limits on the size of attachments for emails – and videos can often be very large, especially when taken on DSLRs and modern smartphones. Video compression is another major concern as the video needs to be sized down as much as possible.

While some top digital frame brands support sending videos via email, we generally recommend using the supported mobile app or a USB/SD card.

How many photos can I upload to my digital frame by email?

Many email providers may limit the number of photos you add as attachments to an email; whereas others may limit the maximum size of the attachments (e.g., 50MB per email). Make sure to check your email provider’s limits before sending photos to avoid the process failing to only deliver some of the photos.

For bulk photo-sharing, we usually recommend using a digital photo frame’s supported mobile app or a USB/SD card. Pix-Star Snap lets you share up to 250 photos to several Pix-Star frames at the same time from anywhere in the world. Additionally, you can use any size of USB/SD card, fill it with photos, connect it to Pix-Star’s frame, and play directly play slideshows without having to transfer the content to the frame’s internal storage first.

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