Google Photos is our favorite photo-sharing service because it allows for virtually unlimited backups, has near-perfect syncing abilities, and it can do neat things like automatically create albums or enhance pictures. With so many of our photos living as bits on our phones and computers, it can be easy to forget to show them off properly. Thankfully, Google has made it simple to turn your favorite photos into screensavers and slideshows on your Nest Hub or Google Assistant-enabled smart screen. We’ll show you how to get yours set up in the steps below.
Products used in this guide
- See more of your photos: Nest Hub Max ($230 at Best Buy)
- Photos for any area: Nest Hub ($130 at Best Buy)
- Pefect bedside photos: Lenovo Smart Display 7 ($100 at B&H)
How to set up custom photo slideshows in Google Home app
Open your Google Home app.
Locate your smart screened speaker and tap on it (in my case, I’ll select “Kitchen Display”).
Tap on the Settings icon (gear-shaped) in the top right corner.
Scroll down and tap on Photo Frame. If it is not already on, tap to turn it on.
Here you will see a variety of selections. If you want to use your own photos, select Google Photos.
Click on the arrow to go into a menu where you can choose which album(s) you want to cycle through on the display.
Scroll down to see a list of options where you can Hide or Show notifications, weather, the time, and other data overlaid on your slideshow. Tap on what you want to enable or disable.
Scroll further down for additional customization options, like showing photos in portrait orientation, live albums vs. all albums, and the slideshow speed.
Now you know how to set up a photo frame slideshow on your Nest Hub or screened Google Assistant device. It’s worth noting that at least on the Nest Hubs, you can’t set up or modify the slideshow on the device itself; instead, this process has to be done within the Google Home app. This is in contrast to Amazon’s Echo Show smart speakers, which allow you to make changes from the Echo Show device in addition to the Alexa app.
You can, however, ask the Google Assistant to make changes to what is on the display, provided you enabled Google’s Voice Match feature.
Our top equipment picks
If you don’t already have a Google Assistant screened device, or if you want to pick up another for your home, then perhaps one of these will suit your needs.
Biggest and baddest hub
Nest Hub Max
$230 at Best Buy
A more powerful, and more useful Hub
The Nest Hub Max can act as your central point for your smart home lifestyle. With its bigger display, better speakers, and included Nest Cam, you get all of the benefits of the smaller Nest Hub, with more features.
Happy little hub
$130 at Best Buy
Stunning smart screen
The Nest Hub takes the best of Google’s app ecosystem and Assistant and combines it with Nest smart home powers to create a powerful home hub. Plus, it makes an excellent photo frame.
Great photos deserve to be shown off, and the displays above are the best for looking at your Google Photos. While we like the Nest Hub Max for its ability to show us more of each photo (not to mention the other tricks it has up its sleeves), the Lenovo Smart Display 7 is perfect for smaller spaces, like a desk corner or bedside table.
Not into Nest?
Lenovo Smart Display 7
$100 at B&H
A good looking Googler
The Lenovo Smart Display 7 brings smooth stylings and strong sound to the mini-sized smart display market. It goes toe-to-toe with the smaller Nest Hub and Echo Show devices and bests them in many respects.
Help collect and manage your awesome photos with these products and services.
Google Pixel 3a
$320 at Amazon
Google’s affordable mid-range flagship has everything you’d want to take great photos. Capture exceptional images during the day and amazing details at night with Night Sight.
Google Photos App
Free at the Google Play Store
Google Photos is arguably the best photo app out there. Automatically organize, enhance, and share your favorite photos with ease.
Wasserstein Stand and Angle Mount
$20 each at Amazon
Prop your Nest Hub devices up off the counter for better viewing angles and better sound distribution. You can even mount your Nest Hub to the wall with this device.