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Using Google Photos as a screen saver on Google TV



Google Photos logo on Google TV

Devices like the Chromecast with Google TV can display a slideshow of Google Photos as a screen saver. If you want to use your TV as a giant picture frame, we’ll show you how to set it up.

During the initial Chromecast setup process, you will be asked to choose an ̵

6;Ambient Mode’. This is what Google TV devices call the screen saver. Google Photos is one of the options during setup, but if you didn’t select it then, you can do it now.

First of all, of course, you need to be a Google Photos user for this feature to work. The other thing you will need is the Google Home app for iPhone, iPad or Android, where the installation takes place.

Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet, find your Google TV device and select it.

find your Google TV device in the Google Home app

Tap the gear icon in the top right corner of the device page.

tap the gear icon in the top right corner

Then select “Ambient Mode” in the Device Settings.

select the ambient mode from the settings

You will now see the different options for the screen saver (Ambient Mode). Select “Google Photos” from the list.

choose google photos from ambient mode options

Albums from your Google Photos account, the account associated with the Google Home app, are displayed. Select all the albums you want to see in Ambient Mode on your Chromecast with Google TV.

select albums to view in ambient mode

When you’re done selecting albums, tap the back arrow in the top left to continue.

tap the back arrow

Then there are a number of additional Ambient Mode options. You can choose to display the weather, time, device information, and personal photo information. You can also place portrait photos side by side, enable photo management, and adjust the slideshow speed.

ambient mode options

The last thing you might want to adjust is how long the TV screen stays on, or how long your slideshow plays. On your Google TV device, select your profile icon in the top right corner of the home screen.

select profile icon

Then select “Settings” from the menu.

select settings

Scroll down and select ‘System’.

select About

Scroll down again and choose ‘Energy saving’.

select energy saving

The Energy Saver setting determines how long the screen stays on when it is inactive. Select “Turn Off Display” to change it.

select turn display off

Finally, select one of the time intervals from the list.

select a time interval

That is it! You will now see your Google Photos albums on your Chromecast with Google TV in Ambient mode!




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