Justin Duino

Grandparents can bake a cake out of this world, but it’s no secret that the older generation sometimes struggles with technology. With digital photos, how can you share them with relatives? Here are some suggestions.

Google nest hub

If you’re feeling like a really cute grandchild, you can buy your grandma or grandpa what ReviewGeek named the 2018 Product of the Year, the Google Nest Hub (previously called the Google Home Hub).

Jason Fitzpatrick, founding editor of Review Geek, loved the product so much that he called it Ambient Mode «The Best Picture Frame in the World.»

The nice thing about the Nest Hub is that it’s not just a digital photo frame — it’s a device that can add a little extra functionality to your grandfather’s life (with a bit of a learning curve, of course).

When not in active use, the Nest Hub can be configured to display photos. What’s even nicer is that you can sync it with Google Photos albums, allowing you to add or remove photos for your grandparents from anywhere in the world.

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On the other hand, this method only works for relatives who have an Internet connection. If it doesn’t, you may want to look at other options such as a digital photo frame.

digital photoframes

Digital photo frame with photos and camera
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If you’re looking for just a digital photo frame without all the extra features that the Google Nest Hub has to offer, then you’re in luck. Although most digital photo frames are not connected to the Internet, most of them have a USB port or an SD card slot. You can use these ports to add or remove photos when you visit.

With so many digital photo frames available, it can be difficult to decide which one you would like to have for your family members. Luckily, we’ve done the job of analyzing the various digital photo frames on the market, so be sure to check out the best digital photo frames currently available.

Sharing photo albums online

For grandparents who are connected to the internet, you can also set them up with a Google account and share your online photo album with them via Google Photos. The nice thing is that with Google Photos you can add up to 20,000 photos and videos to one album.

Carol King and her grandson

Setting up an album is easy. Once you’ve signed into Google Photos, select «Albums» on the left side.

Select albums

Next, click the «Create Album» button.

Create Album

You will then be asked to name the album and add photos/videos. Come on and do it. Once you’ve added photos to an album, it’s time to share.

Hover over the album and click on the three vertical dots that appear in the top right corner.

Three vertical dots

The menu will appear. Here, select the «Share Album» option.

Share Google Photos Album

All that’s left to do is enter your grandfather’s email address and hit the submit button. Once your grandparents are logged into their Google Photos account on a PC (or, if they have a smartphone, the Google Photos app), they will be able to view the photos and videos they share.

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Burn Slideshow to DVD in Windows 10

It might seem a bit outdated considering it’s 2019, but it’s still a pretty solid option. If your relatives have a computer or a DVD player, you can create a nice little slideshow of all your photos, pack it up and burn it to DVD. You will need a blank DVD-R or DVD-RW for this.

Before proceeding, you need to make sure you have DVD authoring software to burn DVD. We recommend using Wondershare DVD Creator to create slideshows.

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After installing the software, open it. In the lower left corner of the window, click the Add Title button.

Save Title

A File Explorer window will open. Select the images you want to add to your slideshow and then click the «Open» button.

Select and paste photos

Next, hover your mouse over the slideshow option (which appears after you open images) and then select the Edit option, which looks like a pen icon.

Select pen icon

In the Edit window, you can add and format text, change slide transition duration, smoothly animate, and add music. Give it a special touch and then press the «OK» button.

GIF Slideshow

Finally, it’s time to burn the slideshow to DVD. Select Burn at the top of the window.

burn

Read the information that appears, then click Write again. Once selected, the recording process will begin.

Burn DVD

Now, next Thanksgiving, when the family gathers at your grandparents’ house, they’ll be sure to watch the video in the background for everyone to see.

Record photo slideshow on Mac

If you are a Mac user, you are in luck. With the Photo app for Mac, you can create a slideshow, save it as a video file, and then burn it to DVD, just like we did in the Windows step-by-step guide.

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To create a photo slideshow, open the app, select the «+» icon next to «My Projects», hover your mouse over «Slideshow» in the menu, and then select the «Photos» app.

Mac photo slideshow

In the window that appears, name the slideshow, and then click the OK button.

save grannys slideshow on mac

Then select the images you want to add to your slideshow. Click «Add» in the upper right corner of the window.

add

Now you need to save your slideshow as a video file. To do this, select the «File» tab, hover over the «Export» option, and click the «Export Slideshow» button.

Save Slideshow Mac

In the next window, select the options you want and click Save.

save as Mac video format

All you have to do is burn a DVD. You can use the same software that we recommended in the previous step as it is also available for Mac.

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Printed and regular mail

Finally, if you want to turn this digital photo into something your grandma can safely archive in an old shoe box, you can always print the images and mail them. The good news is that you can do it all online.

Sites like Snapfish make it incredibly easy to upload photos from PC, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google Photos, and more, choose the size you want, and then send them.

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