How to Make the Echo Show Clock Bigger
The latest version of Amazon Echo Show has a smooth interface and extremely high image quality. But to make more space for visually stunning background images, the display clock appears smaller than ever before.
Unfortunately, there’s (still) no permanent way to make an Echo Show clock bigger. However, there are some alternative methods that you can try out if you want to enlarge the clock (even temporarily).
This article will go through three different ways to enlarge your Echo Show clock, at least for a short period.
Option One: Enable the Screen Magnifier
The Screen Magnifier is an Echo Show feature that allows you to enlarge certain parts of the screen display. This feature will improve the readability of certain Echo Show display cards – news screen, books from your Kindle library, and even music videos and games.
On the other hand, you can use the Screen Magnifier to enhance the Echo Show’s home screen and make them appear clearer when idle. For example, enhancing the home screen clock will make it clear and visible from the furthest corners of the room.
How to Activate Screen Magnifier?
The screen magnifier feature is integrated into every Echo Show device. You just have to enable it from the settings menu.
If you want to use the voice commands, you can just say: “Alexa, enable Screen Magnifier”. This should activate the feature so you can use it right away.
If for some reason Alexa doesn’t recognize the command, you can always turn it on manually. To do so, follow these steps:
- Swipe down from the top of the Echo Show to display the quick access menu.
- Tap the “Settings” menu.
- Scroll to the bottom and choose “Accessibility.”
- Toggle the “Screen Magnifier” option.
How to Use Screen Magnifier
Once you enable the Screen Magnifier, it’s fairly simple to use. Tap any area of the screen three times to zoom in and take up the entire display. To make your clock bigger, tap on it three times. This can also be useful while reading and even maximizing certain areas of TV shows and movies.
To move to another part of the screen, just place two fingers on the display and drag it across the screen. Additionally, you can zoom in and out to other touch screen displays – just pinch inward (zoom out) or outward (zoom in).
If you want to make the clock bigger temporarily, tap on it three times and hold your finger on the screen. Once you release your finger, the screen will return to its regular size. You can use this for any part of the screen on any display card.
Keep in mind that you need to tap quickly. If you tap the clock too slowly, you won’t enlarge it. Also, if you tap too quickly, the device won’t recognize the gesture.
Option Two: Enable Do Not Disturb Mode
The Do Not Disturb mode will display a background clock that’s a bit larger than the one on the home screen. If you need to enlarge the clock temporarily (and if you’re further away from the device), you can just use the voice command: “Alexa, enable the do not disturb mode”.
You can also swipe down from the top of the device and enable the “Do not Disturb” mode on the quick access menu. Or, enter the “Settings” (gear icon on the quick access menu) menu and toggle it there.
This mode will display the clock more clearly and may help if you had trouble recognizing the digits before. However, this is only a temporary solution as you’ll need to disable the mode in due time so you can use the device.
Follow the same steps or say: “Alexa, disable the do not disturb mode” to return to the regular home screen.
Option Three: Choose a Bigger Clock in Settings
The Echo Show offers you a choice between a variety of different clock types in the Settings menu. There’s a chance that your default clock is of the smaller type, and you can fix it by choosing a larger one.
Follow these steps:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Tap “Settings.”
- Go to “Home & Clock.”
- Tap “Clock.”
- Choose one of the available options.
- Adjust the configurations of the chosen category as per your preferences.
When you return to the home screen you can see if you like the new type of the clock more. If not, you can repeat the steps until you find the better one.
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Clock
Currently, there’s no integrated option (nor skill) to make your Echo Show permanently display your clock in a larger size without hampering the other functions of the device.
However, the aforementioned options are viable alternatives until a potential update or a future version includes this feature.
Which of the above options would you prefer? Do you have any other solutions? Share your experience in the comments section below.