For help with a Chromecast with Google TV device, go to the Chromecast Help Center.

Turn off personalization on Google TV

If you don’t want Google TV to show you personalized recommendations, you can turn on Apps only mode. For example, when you have guests, you can use Apps only mode to hide your personalized recommendations.

Turn on Apps only mode

  1. On a Google TV device, from the home screen, scroll right to your profile and select Settings.
  2. Select Accounts & Sign In.
  3. Select the primary Google TV account.
  4. Select Apps only mode and then Continue.
  5. To browse in Apps only mode, on your remote, select Home Home.

Exit Apps only mode

  1. On a Google TV device, from the home screen, scroll right to your profile and select Settings.
  2. Select Accounts & Sign In.
  3. Select the primary Google TV account.
  4. Turn off Apps only mode.

Watch your movies & shows in Apps only mode

You won’t find your Library on your TV’s home screen, but you can find it in the YouTube app:

  1. On your TV, open the YouTube app YouTube.
  2. Go to Library and then Purchases.

Tip: You can also cast content from your phone to your TV. Learn how to cast to Google TV.

What happens when Apps only mode is on

In Apps only mode, you won’t get personalized recommendations. You’ll find a list of installed apps that you can open to find something to watch. You'll also find sponsored content and teasers for popular movies and shows. 

You won’t find Google’s personalized recommendations on your home screen, but apps can still show you their personalized recommendations and track your watch history. This includes YouTube, YouTube TV, and other Google apps.

Some features aren’t available in Apps only mode. For example:

  • You can’t use Search or the Google Assistant.
  • You can’t “like” or “dislike” content, add videos to your Watchlist, or mark videos as watched.
Tip: Privacy settings such as location don’t change. To change privacy settings, on your Google TV, go to Settings and then Privacy.
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