Walgreens Photo Center Review

Walgreens is known for its focus on pharmaceutical and health products, but its digital photo printing service is just as remarkable. We are pleasantly surprised with the long list of photo gifts available, convenient shipping, store-pickup options, ease of use and fantastic customer support.

Our Verdict

This service provides quality photos and offers a wide variety of digital photo printing options to choose from.

For

  • Walgreens Photo Center is a one-stop shop, allowing you to create and ship to your home or your local Walgreens.

Against

  • Medium-size prints cost more than the average printing service.
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There is hardly any difference in color between the matte and glossy prints we received from Walgreens.

There is hardly any difference in color between the matte and glossy prints we received from Walgreens.
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The Walgreens photo prints we ordered had really good color accuracy and print clarity.

The Walgreens photo prints we ordered had really good color accuracy and print clarity.
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You can create a variety of photo print products with Walgreens Photo, including an invitation or thank you card.

You can create a variety of photo print products with Walgreens Photo, including an invitation or thank you card.
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This is a collage poster that you can make using Walgreens Photo.

This is a collage poster that you can make using Walgreens Photo.
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Photo gifts range from the practical to the unusual on Walgreens Photo's site.

Photo gifts range from the practical to the unusual on Walgreens Photo's site.
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You are able to upload photos from your Facebook account with Walgreens Photo.

You are able to upload photos from your Facebook account with Walgreens Photo.
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Discounts and sales can often be found on the Walgreens Photo site.

Discounts and sales can often be found on the Walgreens Photo site.
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Walgreens' FAQs page is full of helpful information divided into four categories: Photo Account, Your Photos, Ordering Products, and Info and Policies.

Walgreens' FAQs page is full of helpful information divided into four categories: Photo Account, Your Photos, Ordering Products, and Info and Policies.
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The Walgreens Photo site is well-organized and easy to navigate.

The Walgreens Photo site is well-organized and easy to navigate.
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Holidays are a great time to utilize photo printing.

Holidays are a great time to utilize photo printing.
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It's easy to see your uploading progress on Walgreens Photo.

It's easy to see your uploading progress on Walgreens Photo.
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Photo books from Walgreens are made to fit the event the pictures were taken for.

Photo books from Walgreens are made to fit the event the pictures were taken for.
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Cards on Walgreens Photo can be almost any size, shape or fold you want.

Cards on Walgreens Photo can be almost any size, shape or fold you want.
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Walgreens Photo calendars have enough sizes that will allow you to pick the right fit for your needs.

Walgreens Photo calendars have enough sizes that will allow you to pick the right fit for your needs.
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Sometimes products can be combined, such as calendars and posters.

Sometimes products can be combined, such as calendars and posters.
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Walgreens Photo's same-day photo gift pickups generally cost the same as standard printing projects, though sizing options for same-day pickup can be limited.

Walgreens Photo's same-day photo gift pickups generally cost the same as standard printing projects, though sizing options for same-day pickup can be limited.
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The website shows the rules for same-day pickup and delivery.

The website shows the rules for same-day pickup and delivery.
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Walgreens Photo's website explains its photo processing and shipping details.

Walgreens Photo's website explains its photo processing and shipping details.

Walgreens is known for its focus on pharmaceutical and health products, but its digital photo printing service is just as remarkable. We are pleasantly surprised with the long list of photo gifts available, convenient shipping, store-pickup options, ease of use and fantastic customer support. We are proud to present Walgreens Photo Center with the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.

To test for quality, we ordered the same digital photos from a variety of digital photo printing services in glossy and matte finish. In comparison, Walgreens Photo Center’s prints rated highly for clarity and color accuracy for both glossy and matte prints. We took each set of prints from the online photo developing services and laid them down side-by-side for comparison.

Photo gifts offer a physical way to share photos with family and friends. To reach more of your family and friends, you are also able to share photos and albums online via email and Facebook. If you want to share to a different social media site, you can also use the "Share with a Link" option.

If you have discovered an undeveloped roll of film tucked away somewhere or if you simply love the feeling of taking old school photos, fear not. Walgreens is one of the few printing services that still develops film rolls. Most of the Walgreens locations will be able to make prints from your film and will include a free CD of your images. It's important to note that negatives will not be included. When we asked Walgreens whether we would be able to order photo gifts from film, we were told that it varies from one Walgreens location to another. If you want to get your own film developed, we recommend calling your desired store location and asking what print sizes and photo gifts are available.

This is one of the few digital photo printing services that still offers a Group Room feature. If you missed the double rainbow on your Hawaiian vacation, for example, or the winning shot at your son's soccer game, this site feature allows users from various accounts to upload albums and share photos so you won't miss out. Although it is not unique to this site, we still love the Group Room feature, as it allows you to connect with family, friends and others to share photos from your standout moments.

Walgreens Photo Center has a no-fuss uploading process that allows you to upload your images from a variety of sources. You may not always have your digital camera with you to capture special moments, but you will likely have your mobile phone. Walgreens' mobile app has a photo center section that allows you to upload, edit and order photo prints.

There are a few other photo products that you can order through the app such as greeting cards, collage prints, canvas prints, posters, wood panels and framed magnets; but most photo gifts can only be ordered on the Walgreens Photo website. You can send any photos that you take with your mobile phone to the digital photo printing service. Storing phone photos on your Walgreens Photo account will not only allow you to treat the prints just like the images you upload from your digital camera, but by storing your photos online you won't take up valuable storage space on your phone.

This service has a massive list of photo gifts for you to choose from, allowing you to preserve your memories in very special and unique ways, including drinkware, office supplies, calendars and collage prints. There is also an impressive array of toys offered through Walgreens, including puzzles and playing cards. You can use the site to make birthday gifts and keepsakes with photos of the person rather than just a generic gift bought at the grocery store's impulse rack.

This company has an impressive set of support features, including a phone line, email address and live chat. An extensive and organized FAQs database is available as well. When we contacted Walgreens through live chat support, we were answered quickly and courteously.

What we appreciate about the Walgreens Photo Center is that it's a one-stop shop. Many other digital photo printing services allow you to upload photos, but then you have to pick up your prints at other stores. With this digital photo printing service, you create the prints and photo gifts online and pick them up at your local Walgreens, or have the items shipped directly to your house.

With the wide variety of photo projects this digital photo printing services offers, you can have your photos brought to life in an array of photo gifts and prints. The Walgreens Photo Center is simple to use, without sacrificing quality, and has fantastic customer service. We received high quality photo prints from this service, with good color accuracy and clarity. You can also get more answers via email support, phone support, live chat and a FAQs page. With everything it offers, we found Walgreens Photo to be one of the best online photo printing services.