How to Transfer Photos to a Digital Picture Frame

Download pictures from your computer or digital camera

Digital photo frames are a great way to show off a multitude of images and videos of your favorite memories with friends and family. If your computer hard drive or digital camera is housing images and videos you'd like to add to your digital photo frame, it's easy to transfer them using a flash drive, memory card, or USB cable. Here's how.

Make sure your photos are in a universal image file format accepted by most digital frames, such as JPEG. Check your photo frame instructions to learn the device's optimal image and video formats.

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Download Pics to a Digital Frame From a Flash Drive

If you have pictures on your computer hard drive, it's easy to use a flash drive to download the images and then transfer them to your digital picture frame.

  1. Connect your flash drive to your computer using a free USB port.

    If you have a Mac, you may need a USB-C to USB Adapter to connect a flash drive to your computer.

  2. Access your photo or image library on your computer.

  3. Either copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop images from your computer library to the flash drive.

  4. Eject and properly remove your flash drive from the computer.

  5. Connect the flash drive to your digital frame.

  6. Depending on your digital frame, follow the on-screen instructions to save images via the frame's internal storage.

  7. If you don't wish to save images in the digital frame's internal storage, leave the flash drive plugged into the frame. It will access and display the images. Eject and remove the flash drive when you no longer wish to display these images.

  8. Enjoy the images on your digital frame!

Download Pics to a Digital Frame via Memory Card

Using an SD Card

If you have a digital camera with an SD card, it's easy to transfer photos directly to your digital photo frame.

Before you attempt this method of transferring images to your digital frame, ensure you have the right kind of memory card. Digital frames most often accept SD cards, which are compatible with larger electronics, such as digital cameras.

  1. Remove the SD card from your digital camera.

  2. Insert the SD card into your digital picture frame.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to display images, or to save images on the frame's internal storage. (Instructions will vary slightly depending on the digital frame model.)

  4. Enjoy the images on your digital frame!

Using a MicroSD Card

If you have a digital camera with a microSD card, you'll likely need a microSD-to-SD memory card adapter or memory card reader to make it compatible with a digital frame.

A microSD-to-SD adapter is shaped like an SD card. Insert your microSD card into the adapter, then insert the adapter into the digital frame and follow the on-screen instructions.

A memory card reader works similarly to a flash drive. Insert your microSD card into the reader, then plug the reader into the digital frame. Once connected, follow the on-screen instructions to save or display images.

Download Pics to a Digital Frame From a Computer

It's easy to download pictures from your computer to a digital frame using a compatible USB cable.

iOS and macOS users will likely have to download their images from iTunes or iCloud to their computer before transferring them to a digital frame. Android users may find it easier to transfer images to a computer before transferring to a digital frame.

  1. Connect your digital frame to your computer using a compatible USB cable. 

  2. Open the folder for your digital frame if it doesn't open immediately. 

  3. Open the folder containing the photos you want to transfer.

  4. Highlight all the image files you wish to transfer.

  5. Either copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop the image files into the digital frame's folder.

  6. Select either Safely Remove Hardware or Eject to remove your digital frame from your computer.

  7. Disconnect the USB cable from your computer and digital frame.

  8. Navigate your digital frame to display your pictures, and enjoy viewing your images.