Photo frame on your Google Nest display

When your Google Nest display is not being used, it can quietly keep you entertained. You can choose from your favorite albums in Google Photos, enjoy the art gallery, or select from a variety of full-screen traditional and abstract clocks to show while your device is idle. You can also get notifications on your display about upcoming events, commute, reminders, flights, and packages.

Photo frame settings

To adjust your Photo frame settings, follow the steps below.

From the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your Nest display and then Settings .
  3. Scroll down to "Device settings," then tap Photo frame.

Using your voice

Note: You need to have Voice Match enabled to adjust Photo frame settings using your voice.
To do this: Say "Ok Google" then:
Adjust Photo frame settings “Change photo frame”

Banner notifications

Banner notifications proactively tell you about your upcoming events, commute, reminders, flights, and packages. To dismiss a notification, swipe up the banner that shows up on your display. This feature is only available in the United States.

To receive banner notifications on your display, make sure you have the following settings turned on for your display:

If you don’t want to receive banner notifications on your display, follow the steps below:

From the Google Home app

  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 you want to turn off banner notifications for. To switch accounts, tap another account. 
  4. Tap your Nest display and then Settings .
  5. Scroll down to "Device settings," then tap Photo frame.
  6. Turn Banner notifications off.
Note: If you have more than one Google Account linked to your Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, you need to turn off banner notifications for each account.

From your Google Nest display

Option 1:

  1. From the bottom of your display’s screen, swipe up.
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Photo Frame.
  4. Say “Ok Google, change photo frame.”
  5. Scroll down to “Banner notifications,” then tap Off.

Option 2:

  1. On your display screen, swipe up the banner notification.
  2. Tap Manage.
  3. Say “Ok Google, change photo frame.”
  4. Scroll down to “Banner notifications,” then tap Off.

Note: If you have more than one Google Account linked to your Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, you need to turn off banner notifications for each account.

Google Photos

With Google Photos you can enjoy the photos that mean the most to you on your Nest display. In order to enjoy your personal photos, you need to have a Google Photos account. Learn how to get started with a Google Photos account. 

Note: You can explore the Google Photos Help Center for further help with Google Photos.

Set up Live Albums

Live Albums take the work out of updating the photos on your Nest display by letting you create an album that automatically adds photos of the people or pets who matter to you most. You can share a Live Album with anyone you want, just like any other album in Google Photos. 

To set up a Live Album in the Google Home app, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Google Home appGoogle Home app.
  2. Tap your Nest display and then Settings .
  3. Scroll down to "Device settings," then tap Photo frame.
  4. Tap Google Photos and then Select family & friends.
  5. Tap each face you want to include.
  6. Once you’re finished selecting people for your Live Album, tap Confirm.

Your Live Album photos will now appear on your Nest display.

You can also create Live Albums within the Google Photos app. For more information, see Create & edit photo albums.

Expanding your Live Albums

Each Live Album you create has a limit of 20,000 photos. To expand beyond that, follow the steps below to create a new Live Album that only auto-adds photos going forward.

  1. Open the Google Photos appPhotos.
  2. Tap Albums and then New albumAdd.
  3. Tap Add a title to name your new album.
  4. Tap More More and thenOptions and thenAutomatically add photosAdd.
  5. Select the faces whose photos you want auto-added (ensure that "Add older photos from my library" is disabled).
  6. Tap Turn on.
  7. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  8. Tap your Nest display and then Settings .
  9. Scroll down to "Device settings," then tap Photo frame.
  10. Tap Google Photos, then tap your new album to enable it for Photo frame.

Note: Having multiple Google Photos albums enabled at the same time is supported.

Add or remove albums

To add or remove albums from the Home app, tap Photo frame in device settings, then select Google Photos. You can also add or remove existing albums directly from your display by saying “Ok Google, change photo frame," and selecting personal photos.

From this section you can do the following:

Create a Family & Friends album

If you have face groups enabled and the Google Photos app installed on your phone, you will have an option to create an automatically updating album that contains what Google Photos thinks are the best pictures of the people that you most care about. To do so, tap the Select Family & Friends tile in the album picker. Then select the faces of the people whose pictures you want and tap Confirm or Done. A “Family & Friends” album will then appear in the album picker, already selected for you. This album will automatically update with new pictures of the people you selected whenever they get added to your Google Photos collection.  

Select Recent Highlights

Google Photos can automatically select what it thinks are your best recent photos and show them on your display. To enable this, select the “Recent highlights” album. This option will only show if you have high quality recent photos in your collection.

Select Favorites

If you have marked at least four photos in your collection as Favorites, then this option will also appear in the album selection screen. If you select it, all the photos that you’ve marked as Favorites will show on your display. Tap on the star icon to mark photos as Favorites from within the Google Photos app or website.

Select an existing private or shared album

Your private and shared albums are also available to select. Shared albums are only shown if they have a name.

Photo curation

Google Photos automatically attempts to select what it thinks are the best photos from your Live Albums and Recent Highlights. From your existing private and shared albums, Google Photos attempts to remove bad photos (blurry, poor exposure, low resolution, near duplicate) but will not otherwise curate the contents of your albums.  You can completely turn off curation for private and shared albums by changing the “Personal photo curation” setting to “Live albums only.” No curation at all is done on your Favorites.

Note: If photos in your private and shared albums don't appear and you expect them to, turn off curation for those albums by changing the “Personal photo curation” setting to “Live albums only.”

Hidden Photos

Photos that are archived or that have hidden faces will not appear on your Nest display. If you do not want a particular photo to show on your display, archive it from within Google Photos or follow the steps below to archive it directly from your Nest display.

Note: For more information on hiding faces or face groups, visit the Google Photos support page.

Portrait Photos

Portrait photos are now shown in a side-by-side format, with two related photos. Google Photos uses a number of signals to relate photos, including if they have the same person in them (in territories where face grouping is available), were taken close together in time, or were taken close together in location.

Note: Using photos or art in Photo frame consumes data. To reduce data consumption, increase the slideshow time. This will cause fewer photos to be downloaded. To avoid data consumption altogether, use the full screen clock option instead.

Interact with photos on your Nest display

As the photos are displayed, you can navigate through the photos as you wish. To go to the next photo, either swipe left or say “Ok Google, next photo.” To go to the previous photo, either swipe right or say “Ok Google, previous photo.” While the photos are showing, you can ask questions like “when was this taken?” or “where was this taken?” to learn more about the photo. This feature is only available in English. 

Remove a photo

To prevent a photo from displaying on your Nest display, say “Ok Google, remove this photo” and follow the prompts to confirm the removal. You can also do this by long-pressing on your photo frame, and clicking on the archive icon that appears.

If you remove a photo, it will be archived in Google Photos, so it will no longer appear in your main Photos view, but will remain in any albums that it is already in. Archived photos can be viewed in the “Archive” section in Google Photos. 

Favorite or share a photo

Note: Face grouping in Google Photos is not available in Europe, Illinois, or Texas.

To favorite a photo, say “Ok Google, favorite this” and if necessary, follow the prompts to confirm. You can also do this by long-pressing on your photo frame, and clicking on the favorite icon that appears. This will mark the photo as a favorite in Google Photos. If you have the Favorites album selected to show on your Nest display, the newly-favorited photo will now be shown as part of that album.

To share a photo, say “Ok Google, share this photo with <contact name>” where <contact name> is the name of one of your Google contacts. You can also do this by long-pressing on your photo frame, and clicking on the share icon that appears. Then follow the prompts to confirm your choices and share the photo. The photo will be shared via Google Photos, and the recipient will receive an email or text message to notify them that they have received a new photo.

(Coming soon) Hide personal photo data


By default, your photos will display information like album name, photo date, photo location, and more. If you don't want your devices to display this information, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your display and then  Settings  and then Photo Frame.
  3. Tap Google Photos, then scroll to "Personal photo data."
  4. Set "Personal photo data" to Hide
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