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View Google Photos using Google Home

Enjoy a slideshow of your personal photos from your Google Photos library on any voice-supported TV with Chromecast or Chromecast built-in — using only your voice.

Important: To view Google Photos using Google Home, you must have a Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in linked to Google Home. 

For a video demonstration, check out the YouTube video at the bottom of this article. If you prefer step-by-step instructions, see below,

Step 1. Set up personalization

One person using Google Home

Personal results must be turned on to set and manage reminders. 

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device.
  2. Open the Google Home app .
  3. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  4. Verify that the Google Account  listed is the one linked to Google Home.  To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name and email address.
  5. Tap More settings. 
  6. Under "Devices," tap a Google Home device.
  7. Turn Personal results on  or off 
Multiple people using Google Home
If multiple users are using the same Google Home, everyone who wants to hear personal calendar info on Google Home must link their Google Account and voice to Google Home, even the person who set up Google Home. If you've already linked your Google Account and voice, skip these steps. 
  1. Open the Google Home app .
    1. Make sure the Google Home app is updated with the latest version.
  2. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  3. Tap Menu  and make sure the Google Account listed is the one you want to link to your voice. To switch accounts, click the triangle next to the Account name and choose the correct Account. 
  4. In the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices . Find the device card of the Google Home you'd like to link to your voice. 
  5. From the device card, tap the blue banner labeled Multi user is now available or Link your account.
  6. Tap CONTINUE. 
  7. If you haven’t already agreed to what is required to get help from your Assistant, you’ll see a screen outlining the permissions. Tap YES I’M IN. 
  8. Follow the prompts to teach Google Home to recognize your voice. You'll say "Ok Google” twice and “Hey Google” twice. Note: This turns on Personal results.
  9. To test a few phrases, say something like, “Ok Google, tell me about my day.” Tap CONTINUE. 
  10. To invite other people to link their Google Account & voice for tailored results, tap INVITE, choose your communication method, and send the invite. To skip this step, tap No thanks.
  11. You'll see a list of devices you've linked to your voice. These devices will read personal info when they hear your voice. If your Assistant isn’t recognizing your voice correctly, tap Teach it your voice again to try again. 

 

Step 2. Set up Google Photos to display on your TV 

To display Google Photos on your TV using Google Home,  you must complete the two steps below:

Step 1: Link TVs to Google Home
To link a voice-supported Cast device to Google Home,
  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Make sure your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in is set up and on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  5. Tap More settings. 
  6. Under "Services," tap Videos and photos. You'll see a list of all your linked devices. 
  7. To link new Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in, tap the plus sign in the bottom right corner of the screen.  
  8. The Google Home app will search for voice-supported TVs on the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Home. Note: You may see a list of devices that aren’t voice-supported. These can’t currently be linked to your Google Home, but they'll be available soon.
  9. To add a device, tap the checkbox next to the device name. You can check multiple devices. Tap Add
  10. You'll see all your devices within the "TVs and speakers" section of the Google Home app.  .
  11. Note: If you receive an "Error when linking device" error message, you must Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast device.
Step 2: Allow Google Photos to display on TVs using Google Home  
  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu  and then More settings and then Videos and photos. 
  3. Under "Photos", slide the slider on .

Note: The Google Photos that are displayed are associated with the Google Account linked to Google Home.

Step 3. View your slideshow using voice commands

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or Hey Google," then...
View photos of named people (face grouping)
Note:
Face grouping isn’t available in all countries. Here’s more on the face grouping feature. (US, CA, AU only)
“Show me photos of <Margaret> on <device name>”
 

View photos of places

“Show me photos of <San Francisco> on <device name>”

View photos of things

“Show me photos of <dogs> on <device name>”

View photos by date

“Show me photos from <last year> on <device name>”

View photos in albums

“Show me photos from <beach trip 2015> on <device name>”

Note: These commands will only work for photos that you have already backed-up and organized through your Google Photos account.

Step 4. Control your slideshow using voice commands

After using one of the voice commands above to start a slideshow,  you'll see the Google Photos logo on your TV screen while the slideshow opens. Once the slideshow starts, use any of the commands below to control the slideshow.

Note: After saying a command, you’ll see a confirmation of the command in the top left corner of your screen. 

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or Hey Google," then...
View next photo in slideshow “Next photo on <device name>," "Next slide on <device name>"

View previous photo in slideshow

“Previous photo on <device name>," "Previous slide on <device name>"

Pause slideshow
Note: Each photo shows for 5 seconds

“Pause photos on <device name>," "Pause slideshow on <device name>"

Resume slideshow

“Resume photos on <device name>”," "Resume slideshow on <device name>" 

Stop slideshow

“Stop photos on <device name>," "Stop slideshow on <device name>"

Note: A slideshow shows the most recent photos first. Duplicates and lower quality photos are removed.

Prevent Google Photos from displaying on TVs   

If Personal results is on, Google Photos will show on TVs using Google Home by default. To turn off this feature, follow the steps below.
  1. Open the Google Home app .
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Menu .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Tap More settings.
  5. Under "Services," tap Videos and photos.
  6. Under "Photos," slide the slider off .

Related Links

Play video on TVs using Google Home
Play audio on speakers and TVs from Google Home
Control restricted content
Listen to radio
Listen to podcasts
Control the volume of Google Home

 

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