View Google Photos using a speaker, display or Chromecast

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 the Google Home app, you must have a Google Nest display with Photo frame enabled, Chromecast, or TV with Chromecast built-in linked to your Google Nest or Home speaker or display.

Step 1. Set up personalization

One person using your speaker or display

Speakers

  1.  Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest or Home speaker.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. At the top right corner of the screen, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.

  5. Go back to the Home screen Home.
  6. Tap your device.
  7. At the top right corner, tap Settings .
  8. Under "More," tap Recognition & personalization.
  9. Turn on Allow personal results.

Displays

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. At the top right corner of the screen, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.

  5. Go back to the Home screen Home.
  6. Tap your device.
  7. At the top right corner, tap Settings  and then Recognition & sharing and then Recognition & personalization.
  8. Turn on Allow personal results.
Multiple people using speaker or display
If multiple users use the same speaker or display, everyone who wants to view photos on the device must link their Google Account and voice to the speaker or display, even the person who set it up. If you've already linked your Google Account and voice, skip these steps. 
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  4. Tap Assistant settings  Voice match  Add devices.
  5. Make sure any devices you want to link your voice to are checked.
  6. Tap Next  I agree.
  7. Follow the in-app steps.
  8. To get your personal information, you must turn on Personal results. Tap I agree and proceed with the Voice match setup.
  9. To invite others to set up Voice match for tailored results, tap Invite  choose your communication method, and send the invite. To skip this step, tap No thanks.

 

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

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

Step 1. Link TVs to your speaker or display

Note: The following steps are optional if you only want to control your TV with your mobile device or tablet. However, if you want to control your TV using voice commands through your speaker or display, follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Chromecast, or speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. At the top right, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  5. Go back to the home screen, then tap your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in.
  6. At the top right, tap Settings .
  7. Look for a banner at the top of the page that says “Enable voice control and more.”
    1. If the banner appears, tap it and follow the steps to link your TV.
    2. If the banner doesn't appear but your email address appears under “Linked account(s),” your TV is already linked.

Note: If you get an "Error when linking device" error message, you must factory reset your Chromecast device.

Step 2. Allow Google Photos to display on TVs using the Google Home app
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top left corner, tap Add  and then Videos.
  3. Turn on "Photos."

Note: The Google Photos that are displayed are associated with the Google Account linked to your speaker or display.

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. Learn more on the face grouping feature.

"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>"

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

Step 4. Control your slideshow using voice commands

After you use one of the voice commands above to start a slideshow, you'll find 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 you say a command, a confirmation of the command will appear 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>" or "Next slide on <device name>"

View previous photo in slideshow

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

Pause slideshow

Note: Each photo shows for 5 seconds

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

Resume slideshow

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

Stop slideshow

“Stop photos on <device name>" or "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 your device by default. To turn off this feature, follow the steps below:
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  4. Tap Assistant settings  Videos & photos.
  5. Under "Photos," turn off Google Photos.

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