Set up a screen saver and photo frame on your Pixel Tablet

When your Pixel Tablet is locked and docked in Hub Mode, it can display a screen saver of your choice. You can display your favorite Google Photos, run an art slideshow, or choose a variety of traditional and abstract clocks.

Important: To dock your Pixel Tablet or use Hub Mode, you need a Charging Speaker Dock. You can purchase the Pixel Tablet with or without a dock, or purchase a dock separately.

Choose a screen saver

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Hub Mode and then Screen saver and then turn on Use screen saver.
  3. Under "Choose a screen saver", tap the screen saver you want to use.
  4. To preview your screen saver, tap Preview.

Types of screen savers

  • Google Photos: Create a photo frame slideshow of your favorite photos. Learn how to choose what photos display on your photo frame.
  • Art Gallery: Choose curated images and artwork.
  • Full-screen clock: Choose from dynamic clock faces.
  • Weather and Weather Frog: Check the weather with animated experiences.
  • No screen saver: Your screen turns off automatically after inactivity.

Choose when your screen saver starts

Your screen saver will only start when your tablet is charging. To choose if your screen saver starts when your tablet is docked or undocked:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Screen saver and then When to start.
  3. Choose While charging or While docked and charging.

Tip: To change your Home screen wallpaper when your tablet isn't docked, learn how to change the wallpaper on your Pixel Tablet.

Customize your screen saver

To customize a screen saver, select it and then tap Customize. To return to the previous menu, tap Back .

Note: Some screen savers can't be customized.

Art gallery

Choose curated images and artwork from Google Arts and Culture, Google Earth, and other Pixel users. To change how long it takes to switch images, tap Slideshow speed.

Full-screen clock

Tap a clock style to display it on your tablet's lock screen. To switch to a dark, light, or custom theme, tap a clock style and then tap Customize.

Google Photos

To play a slideshow of your favorite photos on your lock screen, tap an existing album or make a new one in Google Photos Photos. When an album is highlighted, it will be included in your slideshow. Tap the album again to remove it from your slideshow.

Under "More Settings", tap a setting to customize your photo slideshow:

  • Personal photo data: Show or hide information like album name, photo date, location, and more.
  • Portrait photos: Show or hide photos in portrait orientation, or show them side-by-side.
  • Photo curation: Curate photos from all of your albums or live albums only.
  • Slideshow speed: Change how long it takes to switch to the next photo.

Show additional information and home controls

After you select a screen saver, scroll down to toggle additional information, like smart home controls, time, or weather. Tap a setting to turn it on or off:

  • Show additional information: Turn this on to display time, weather, and other information.
  • Show home controls: Turn this on to display the Home panel button on your screen saver.

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