Anyone who’s owned a Google Nest Hub for longer than a few weeks knows that the default clock display gets pretty boring pretty quickly. Fortunately, you can spice things up a little by turning your default display into a digital picture frame! Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Create A Google Photos Album
The first step towards turning your Google Nest Hub into a digital photo frame is to create a Google Photos album of your desired pictures. Like most of Google’s apps, Google Photos is a free service available on Android and iOS, so if you’re not using it yet, go ahead and download it!
Once you have the Google Photos app downloaded and set up, you’re ready to start creating an album. You can do this by going to the Album section of the Photos app, then selecting New Album. From there, you can create a standard album or a dynamic Live Album.
Live albums in Google Photos automatically adds photos of people or pets that you specify. This is great for creating an easy family album that stays up-to-date without any effort. If you’d prefer to display specific photos, though, like your experimental macrophotography series of foreign bottle caps, a standard album is the way to go.
Step 2: Choose Your Album in the Google Home App
Once you’ve got your Photos album set up, it’s time to display those photos in your Google Home. You can do this through the Google Home app, which you should already have if you have a Google Home. From the home screen of this app, select the Google Home you’d like to use as your digital picture frame.
After that, scroll down until you find the Photo Frame option in your Google Home’s settings. On the next screen, you’ll see a couple of different options, like Experimental, Art gallery, and the default Fullscreen clock. For our needs, we’re going to ignore those and select Google Photos.
This will take you to a screen where you can view all of your Google Photos albums, including the one you just created. If you don’t see your albums on this screen, make sure that the Google Account on your Google Photos app is the same as the one registered with the app. If you do see your newly created album, select it and any others you want to be displayed on your Google Home.
Step 3: Add the Final Touches
And that’s it! Well – sort of. You can stop here if you like, and your Google Home will now work as a digital picture frame when you’re not using it. However, there are a couple of other options available to you that will help personalize your Google Home even further.
First, you can show the time and/or weather along with your Google Photos, so you aren’t losing any helpful information by switching away from the default clock display. You can choose to display the photo owner and album title alongside your photos as well if you’re really trying to advertise your bottle cap series.
For settings directly related to the photos themselves, you can change the amount of time that each photo is shown for. When selecting the photos you want to display, there are flexible options as well, like Recent highlights, which displays curated photos you’ve recently taken, and Select family and friends, which lets you choose people from your Google Photos storage to display on your Google Home.
And that’s it (for real this time)! This is one of the simplest and quickest ways to customize your Google Home and make it feel, well, a little more home-y. This feature also works on third-party Google Smart Displays, like options from Lenovo and LG.