Hide personalised recommendations on Google TV

If you want to hide personalised recommendations on Google TV, you can turn on apps-only mode for your profile. For example, when you have guests, you can use apps-only mode to hide your personalised recommendations.

Turn on apps-only mode

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accounts and sign-in.
  2. Select your profile and then Apps only mode and then Turn on.
  3. To browse in 'Apps only mode', on your remote, select Home Home.

Exit apps-only mode

  1. From the Google TV home screen, select Settings Settings and then Accounts and sign-in.
  2. Select your profile.
  3. Turn off apps-only mode.

Watch your movies and 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 don't get personalised recommendations on your home screen. 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.

If Web & App Activity is on, Google TV will continue to improve recommendations for you, even while Apps only mode is on. In addition, apps can still show you their personalised recommendations based on your 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 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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