View Google Photos using Google Home and 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 Google Home, you must have a Google Nest display with Photo frame enabled, 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 personalisation

One person using Google Home
  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Nest or Home speaker or 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 Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  5. Go back to the home screen.
  6. Select your device.
  7. At the top right, tap Settings 
  8. Turn Personal results on or off. 
Multiple people using Google Home
If multiple users are using the same Google Home, everyone who wants to view photos 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 Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
  4. Go back to the home screen, then tap Settings .
  5. Scroll down to "Google Assistant services", then tap More settings.
  6. Tap Assistant  Voice Match  Add devices.
  7. Make sure that any devices to which you want to link your voice are ticked.
  8. Tap Continue  Next I agree.
  9. Follow the in-app steps.
  10. To hear personal information, you must turn on Personal results. Tap I agree and proceed with the Voice Match setup.
  11. 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 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. Set up Google Home.
  2. Make sure your Chromecast Audio or speaker with Chromecast built-in is set up and on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  3. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  4. In the bottom right corner of the screen, tap Account .
  5. 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.
  6. If you're using an Android device, tap Settings. If iOS, tap Settings. 
  7. Under SERVICES, tap TVs and Speakers TVs and speakers. You'll see a list of all your linked devices.
  8. To link a new Chromecast Audio or speaker with Chromecast built-in, tap  in the bottom right corner of the screen.  
  9. The Google Home app will search for voice-supported speakers 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.
  10. To add a device, tap the checkbox next to the device name. You can select multiple devices. Tap Add
  11. You'll see all your devices within the TVs and Speakers TVs and speakers section of the Google Home app.  Google Home app.

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

Step 2: Allow Google Photos to display on TVs using Google Home  
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. In the top left corner of the Home screen, tap Account  and then Settings and then Videos and photos. 
  3. Under "Photos", slide the slider on 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
“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 have already backed-up and organised 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 Google Home app.
  2. In the bottom right corner of the Home screen, tap Account .
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle next to the account name and email address.
  4. Tap Settings.
  5. Tap Assistant tab.
  6. Under "Services", tap Videos and photos.
  7. Under "Photos", slide the slider off Off.

Related Links

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Control the volume of Google Home

 

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