Set up Daydream

Some of this information applies only to devices running Android 4.4 and lower. If your device is running 4.3 or lower, the Settings icon looks like this icon .

With Daydream, you can set up screensavers that display photos, colorful backgrounds, and more when your device is charging or docked.

Turn Daydream on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings menu.
  2. Under "Device," touch Display.
  3. Touch Daydream.
  4. Slide the switch on or off.

Choose what to display

After you turn Daydream on, choose what your device will display from the list below. You can always test your Daydream by choosing "Start Now" at the bottom of the screen.

Daydream options

Clock

  • Displays the device's digital or analog clock.
  • Touch the Settings icon next to Clock to choose between analog and digital. You can also set the Clock to "Night mode" so the screen won't be as bright.

Colors

  • Displays changing colors on the screen.

Photo Frame (only available on Android 4.4 or below)

  • Shows a slideshow of photos from your device or Google+ account.
  • Touch the additional settings icon next to Photo Frame to choose what photos are displayed.

Photo Table or Google Photos (only available on Android 4.4 or below)

  • Shows a collage of photos from your device or Google+ account.
  • Touch the additional settings icon next to Photo Table to choose what photos are displayed.
  • Once the Daydream starts, you can touch and hold an image to move it around the screen, or swipe it away to hide it.

Other apps

  • Apps that you download may use Daydream and will appear in this list.
Tips for setting up Daydream:
  • Your Daydream will start after your device goes into Sleep mode, but it won't display if you shut off your screen using the power button. Once your device is charging or in a dock, let it go into Sleep mode on its own.
  • By default, your device may only Daydream when it is docked. If you want your device to Daydream whenever it is plugged in, make sure to set "When to Daydream" as "Either" or "While charging."

Set wait time for Daydream (Sleep mode)

Choose how long it takes for your device to go into Sleep mode and start your Daydream.
  1. Open your device's Settings menu .
  2. Under "Device," touch Display.
  3. Touch Sleep.
  4. Touch one of the options.

Select when to Daydream (docked or charging)

Your phone can use Daydream when it is docked, charging, or both.
  1. Open your device's Settings menu .
  2. Under "Device," touch Display.
  3. Touch Daydream.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, touch "When to Daydream"
  5. Select "While docked," "While charging," or "Either."

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