Walgreens Photo Printing review: Great all around

Walgreens Photo Printing
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Walgreens Photo Printing services met my expectations in every regard. The website is easy to navigate, the photo book was easy to make, shipping was quick, prices are reasonable, promo codes are plentiful, packaging was fine, quality is great, and there are so many photo options and services available. I found Walgreens to be one of the best online photo printing services. If you have a Walgreens in your area, you can even pick up certain orders the same day you order it.

The Good

  • Quality prints and products
  • Easy to place orders
  • Huge array of products and services
  • Fast shipping

The Bad

  • Poster ships in a tube, causing rolled edges

Something for everyone

Walgreens Photo Printing review: Features

Walgreens Photo Printing

Walgreens Photo Printing (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

Walgreens offers so many prints, photo products, and photo services. You can upload your photos onto Walgreens' website or you can use your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Google Photos. I ordered four 4x6 prints, an 8x10 print, a 20x30 print, four wallet prints, 20 cards (the minimum order), and a photo book. All of the professional engagement photos you see in my order were taken by JMS Imagery. The packaging was sufficient, so everything arrived undamaged in just a week. The quality of everything I ordered is great.

The 20x30 poster-sized print did arrive in a tube, which means the edges are rolled. I did put books on the corners overnight, but the edges are still rolled. Shipping this size print in a tube is pretty typical, which I don't love, but I'm sure it saves money. If I were putting this print in a frame it wouldn't matter, and I expect the poster will lay flat eventually.

The 4x6 prints, both in color and black and white, look exactly how I'd expect. The 8x10 is crisp and colorful. The wallet prints are tiny; four of them fit onto a single 4x6 sheet. The cards I ordered are lovely. They are printed on photo paper, so the back looks just like the back of a typical photo print. Some places use card stock so the back can be printed as well, giving a more premium look and feel, but not Walgreens. The cards come with plain white envelopes. The minimum card order you can place is 20 cards.

Ordering the photobook was easy. Walgreens offers photo books from little softcover cheapies like the one I ordered all the way up to premium leather-bound lay-flat albums. There are tons of sizes, covers, themes, backgrounds, stickers, and other embellishments so you can personalize your book to your heart's content.

Walgreens Photo Printing services met my expectations in every regard. I can easily recommend it to anyone.

Walgreens also offers tons of different fun photo gifts like bags, drinkware, and pet accessories. In addition, Walgreens offers valuable services such as passport photos, actual film developing, and digital transfer service. You can transfer your photos and home movies from VHS, film reels, memory cards, slides, and photos to DVD.

Walgreens is, of course, a drugstore, so you can buy more than just photos and photo products. Walgreens has an app, which isn't just a photo app. You can put in your prescriptions to pick up in-store, clip coupons for drugstore items, and place your photo order in the app. Walgreens does offer same day pickup of certain popular photo items, which would save shipping fees.

Walgreen Photo Printing prices are pretty average, and there are always deals and promo codes available that you can mix and match. Shipping is not free or particularly cheap, so keep it in mind as you order.

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Print size rangeFrom mini wallet to 24x36 (plus banners up to 8 feet wide)
Photo booksYes
Variety of photo products availableHuge
Free shippingNo
Cloud storageYes, but limitations are unclear
Shipping timeOne week
Auto-cropYes, but can easily edit
Photo correctionsYes
Option to pick up locallyYes, some items
Upload photos from other websitesYes: Facebook, Google Photos, or Instagram
All items arrived undamagedYes
Photo qualityGreat
iOS appYes

Variety, convenience, and quality

Walgreens Photo Printing review: What I like

I liked the sheer variety of products available and the quality of the items I received. Whether you need prints, photo books, gifts, passport photos, film developed, or even your old photos and videos transferred to DVD, Walgreen's has you covered. My prints, cards, and photo book were all beautifully rendered.

I also like the convenience. Walgreen's website is easy to navigate and the photo book platform is well-done. If you live near a Walgreens, like most of us here in the US do, you can save shipping fees and pick up certain items the same day you order them.

Walgreens Photo Printing

Walgreens Photo Printing (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

Those rolled edges

Walgreens Photo Printing review: What I don't like

It's a bit of a pet peeve for me that most photo printing services send their large format prints in a tube. This means the edges are rolled when the poster print arrives. They do settle down eventually.

An all-around great service

Walgreens Photo Printing review: Bottom line

No place is perfect but Walgreens does a ton of photo printing services and they seem to do everything well. Unlike most photo printing services, Walgreens also offers digital media transfer, passport photos, and film developing. The website and photo book creation platform are well-done. The quality of the items I ordered was great and shipping was pretty fast. Same-day pickup at your local Walgreens is available for certain items.

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Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.