How to Increase and Magnify Clock Display Size on Echo Show Smart Screen

The Amazon Echo Show is a popular smart display that allows you to see information, make video calls, watch videos, and more using Alexa voice commands. However, some users find the default clock size on the Echo Show’s home screen to be too small. Here are several methods to increase and magnify the clock display on your Echo Show.

Use the Built-In Screen Magnifier

The Echo Show has a Screen Magnifier feature that allows you to zoom in on parts of the screen to make items appear larger and easier to see. Here’s how to use it:

  1. On your Echo Show screen, triple tap with one finger to turn on Screen Magnifier.
  2. The area under your finger will be magnified. Drag your finger around to view different parts of the screen.
  3. Triple tap again with one finger to turn off Screen Magnifier.

You can use this to zoom in on the clock temporarily to check the time. It works for any items displayed on the Echo Show screen.

Change the Clock Face

The Echo Show gives you different clock face options to choose from. Some clock faces have larger numbers which can make the time easier to see from across the room.

To change the clock face:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your Echo Show screen and tap Settings.
  2. Select Home & Clock > Clock.
  3. Browse the different clock face options and select one you prefer. The Modern and Playful clocks tend to have the largest numbering.
  4. Tap the back arrow to return to the home screen and view your new clock.

You can repeat these steps to change the clock face again anytime.

Use Clock Widgets

If you have an Echo Show 5, 8, 10, or 15, you can add customizable widgets to your home screen, including ones that display the clock prominently.

To add a clock widget:

  1. Swipe down from the top and tap Home Content.
  2. Turn on the switch next to Clock if it isn’t already enabled.
  3. Tap Clock to customize the widget. Choose between analog, digital, word clock styles and select your preferred color.
  4. Drag the Clock widget to reposition it higher on your home screen.

The clock widget can be resized and made the focus instead of album art or other widgets.

Set Clock as Wallpaper

You can set a large clock face as your Echo Show’s wallpaper to really maximize the screen space dedicated to showing the time.

From your Echo Show:

  1. Go to Settings > Home & Clock > Clock & Wallpaper
  2. Select Wallpaper > Clock Faces
  3. Browse the available clock wallpaper options and select the one you want.
  4. Return to the home screen to preview the clock wallpaper.

Tip: Use a clock with high contrast colors to make it stand out against your wall.

Get a Bigger Physical Screen

The most direct way to increase your Echo Show’s clock size is to get a model with a larger screen. The Echo Show 10 and Echo Show 15 have much bigger displays capable of fitting larger info including the clock.

If upgrading isn’t feasible, placing your smaller Echo Show closer to eye level can make things easier to see as well.

Use Clock Accessories

If making the digital clock bigger on your Echo Show isn’t working well enough, consider adding a physical clock accessory:

  • Get an Echo Wall Clock – Change the time with your voice and always see the hour and minute hands on the large display.
  • Connect an Echo Show to an existing wall clock – Use a simple Alexa routine to update an analog clock to the correct time.
  • Pair your Echo Show with a clock radio – Station an LED clock radio nearby to provide redundancy.

Tips for Magnifying the Echo Show Display

Aside from increasing the clock size specifically, there are a few general display settings on your Echo Show that can help make screen content easier to see:

  • Turn on Accessibility > VoiceView to have Alexa read out items on screen.
  • Under Accessibility toggle on Screen Magnifier to quickly zoom in on areas.
  • Go to Settings > Display to increase text size and contrast.
  • Reduce screen rotation frequency to keep the clock visible more often.
  • Position your Echo Show closer to eye level.
  • Clean the screen regularly to avoid dust buildup.
  • Consider adding a light source to illuminate the Echo Show’s display.

Be sure to also check the visual notifications setting for alarms and timers. Enabling flashing lights can help alert you from a distance when timers expire.

The Echo Show is designed to be a helpful smart assistant accessible to everyone. Don’t hesitate to provide feedback to Amazon on additional ways the experience could be enhanced for your needs.

With the customization options covered here, you should be able to increase visibility of your Echo Show’s clock significantly. Let family members know about the magnification gestures and settings as well so they can stay on time.