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Amazon launches Prime Photos experience with Family Vault and printing

Amazon has launched a selection of new Prime Photo features for members and their family in the US, including data sharing, the Family Vault, and printing.

Published onOctober 18, 2016

Amazon Prime Photos storage

Today, Amazon is launching a selection of new Prime Photos features for its Prime members and their family in the US. The update is designed to help users better organize and share their photos with friends and family members.

For starters, Amazon is giving Prime members the ability to share their unlimited photo storage perk with up to five friends or family members, even if they’re not existing Prime members. Shared users can then contribute their pictures to the new private ‘Family Vault’, which can be viewed and updated by all the family. Amazon is also throwing in 5GB of additional storage for videos, documents, and other files.

To help make organizing a huge collection of pictures a little easier, Amazon has also updated its Prime Photos app with new search functionality. This can now be used to pick out pictures based on people, places, or object, much like the search options found in Google Photos. For example, users can search for pictures of a “sunset” or “wedding” and see accurate results. Customers can also browse photos of individual family members and friends in the People view, as well as search and filter by location or date.

Unlimited storage is already pretty great, but it’s still tough to beat a physical print out when you want to look over a few memories. Amazon customers can now order photo books, cards, and prints of pictures in their Photos account directly though the website. Amazon Print products start at just nine cents a print, ranging up to more than $19.99 for a photo book. All purchases come with free delivery for Prime members. You can find more about Amazon Prints here.

US Amazon Prime members get free e-books and magazines

Of course, Amazon Prime is about much more than Photos. Members also gain access to free two day shipping, unlimited Prime Music streaming, and Prime Video exclusives. The membership fee sits at $99 each year or can now be bought for $10.99 per month.


Amazon Launches All-New Prime Photos Experience with Family Vault

Bringing valued memories together, Family Vault creates a private, easily-accessible home for photos and videos from multiple family members and devices

U.S. Prime members can now invite up to five people to join their Family Vault and access the benefits of unlimited photo storage, at no additional cost

Quickly find and rediscover your favorite moments across an entire photo collection with smart search technology

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 18, 2016– (NASDAQ:AMZN) Amazon today introduced new features to the Prime Photos service in the U.S., designed for Prime members and their family. Prime members can now invite up to five family members or friends to join their Family Vault, which includes access to Prime Photos benefits including unlimited storage of photos, plus an additional 5 GB for videos and other files. With the all-new Family Vault, bringing family photos together is as easy as one-click or swipe from a computer or mobile device. Customers can start using the new features of Prime Photos today at or through Prime Photos mobile apps.
“Prime members love the benefit of unlimited photo storage but often struggle to collect and organize photos across multiple devices and accounts into a single, shareable archive,” said David Nenke, Director of Prime Photos, Amazon. “We launched the Family Vault to make it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite moments.”
New Prime Photos features include:

  • Family and friend access to Prime Photos, at no additional cost: To ensure all the great moments and memories are preserved, regardless of who captured them, Prime members can now share their Prime Photos benefit of unlimited photo storage and 5 GB for videos and other files with up to five family members or friends.
  • Simple, private sharing through the Family Vault: Family Vault members can add their favorite photos and videos individually with a click or swipe, or set their account to automatically add all their photos and videos to the Family Vault.
  • Smart search technology: Prime Photos’ new search technology makes finding photos based on people, places, or things a snap. Gone are the days of customers wading through thousands of photos to find a specific image. Looking for pictures from a vacation or wedding? Search for “sunset” or “wedding” and relevant photos will show up. Customers can also browse photos of individual family members and friends in the People view as well as search and filter by location or date.
  • Photo printing with free delivery for Prime Members: Customers can now order photo books, cards, and prints directly on the web from their Prime Photos account. Offering a variety a ways to preserve memories, Amazon Print products start at just nine cents a print, and ships with free delivery for Prime members. Customers can learn more and order prints today by visiting

More to Prime
Tens of millions of Prime members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime. In the U.S., that includes unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in 27 metro areas and one and two-hour delivery with Prime Now on tens of thousands of items available in more than 25 metro areas. In addition to fast, free shipping, members have access to unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than one million songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and one free pre-released book a month with Kindle First. For more information, visit
About Amazon

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