Last year, Google temporarily disabled Google Photos on Android TV after a bug exposed photos of other users’ on Android TV. Since then the functionality has been disabled and you can no longer set Google Photos as a screensaver on Android TV. However, if you are looking for an unofficially way to use Google Photos as a screensaver on Android TV then you have come to the right place. We have already written a detailed guide to use custom screensavers on Android TV, but here we will specifically discuss Google Photos integration. So on that note, let’s find out the steps.

Set Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV

Google Photos as a screensaver option is available natively on the new Google TV with Chromecast dongle, but it has not been re-launched on Android TV after the last public bug. So in this article, we will take the help of a third-party app to integrate Google Photos with Android TV.

In case you have Google TV with Chromecast dongle then install Google Home -> open your TV -> Ambient Mode -> select Google Photos. Now with all the said, let’s begin.

1. First of all, open the Play Store on your Android TV and search for “screensaver”. Now install Photo Gallery and Screensaver (Free, offers in-app purchases) app.

How to Set Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV

2. After installing the app, open it, and move to “Settings”.

Set Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV

3. Here, open “Photo Sources“.

Set Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV

4. Next, scroll down and select “Google Photos” to choose Google Photos as your source for Android TV screensaver.

Set Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV

5. It will ask you to select your Google account from where you want to access Google Photos.

Set Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV

6. Finally, it will ask you to grant permission to access Google Photos. Keep in mind, it’s a sensitive permission as the third-party app will have access to your personal images on Google Photos. So proceed only at your own risk.

grant permission to access Google Photos

7. Now that you have allowed the app to use Google Photos as a screensaver on your Android TV, you are almost done.  Open Settings for the last time and open “Set your screensaver“.

open “Set your screensaver“

8. Here, open “Screen saver” and choose “Photo Gallery and Screensaver“.

opening screensaver

9. You are done. Now Google Photos will be live as a screensaver on your Android TV.

Google photos set as screen saver

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How Do I Use Google Photos as a Screensaver on Android TV?

You need to install a third-party app and from there you can integrate Google Photos with Android TV. Since the native option is no longer available, this is the only option available right now. You can follow our above guide to learn about the steps.

Q. How Do I Watch Google Photos on Android TV?

While the Google Photos app is not available on Android TV’s Play Store but you can use the casting feature on the smartphone to watch Google Photos on Android TV. Just open Google Photos on your smartphone and tap on the cast icon next to the search bar. After that, select your TV and you are done. Keep in mind, for this to work, both your smartphone and TV should be connected to the same WiFi network.

Q. How Do You Set a Screensaver on Android TV?

Open Settings on your Android TV -> Device Preferences -> Screen Saver -> Backdrop. That’s it.

Q. How Can I Customize my Android TV?

You can go through our in-depth guide on how to customize the Android TV home screen and make changes according to your preference.

List of Popular Android TVs

The above tutorial will work with most of the popular Android TVs. You can find a list of popular Android TVs below. The list is not exhaustive by any means and is only to serve as an example.

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LLoyd 55US900B55
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MIMI L40M5-5AIN40
MI L32M5-AL32
MI L43M5-AN43
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MI L32M6-EI32
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MI L32M5-AI32
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Sony KD-65X7500F65
Sony KD-49X8200E49
Sony KD-65X9000F65
Sony KD-55X8500F55
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Sony KD-49X7500F49
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Sony 43X7400H43
Sony 55X7500H55
Sony 43X7500H43
Sony 65X7400H65
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TCL 55C855
TCL 40S650040
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iFFALCON 55K3155
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iFFALCON 65K7165
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Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 32HDXSMART V132
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
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MotorolaMotorola 55SAUHDMQ55
Motorola 55SAUHDMG55
Motorola 43SAUHDMQ43
Motorola 43SAFHDM43
Motorola 43SAUHDMG43
Motorola 65SAUHDM65
Motorola 40SAFHDME40
Motorola 55SAUHDM55
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Motorola 32SAFHDM32
Motorola 50SAUHDM50
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Motorola 50SAUHDMQ50
Motorola 75SAUHDM75
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Nokia 50TAUHDN50
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Nokia 65TAUHDN65
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Nokia 55CAUHDN55
Nokia 65CAUHDN65
OnePlusOnePlus 43FA0A0043
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ThomsonThomson 43TH600043
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Thomson 40M4099 PRO40
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Thomson 55TH100055
ToshibaToshiba 32L505032
Toshiba 55U505055
Toshiba 43L505043

Change the Screensaver to Google Photos on Android TV

So this is how you can set Google Photos as a screensaver on your Android TV. As I mentioned above, granting permission to access your personal Google Photos to a third-party app is not desirable. In that case, you can use a secondary Google account where you have only put pictures to put as a screensaver on Android TV. Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn more such Android TV tips and tricks then follow our linked article. And if you are facing any problem then comment down below and let us know.

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