Setting the wallpaper on your various devices is easily the most basic way to personalize said device. This applies to your computers, tablets, and phones, but with a Chromebook, there was an opportunity we felt Google was missing out on. Since many of us back up our most precious moments to Google Photos, being able to set those pictures as wallpaper from a Chromebook made too much sense.
In this guide, we show you how to use Google Photos as wallpaper on your Chromebook, whether it’s a budget device or a top-of-the-line Chromebook.
How to use Google Photos as wallpaper on a Chromebook
First, make sure the image you want to set as your Chromebook wallpaper is available in Google Photos. Its search function is intuitive, and the app can recognize faces, landmarks, objects, and more. For instance, if you want to group photos you took at a beach, type “beach” in the search bar. But if you can’t find a particular image, make sure you’re signed in with the correct account.
After you’ve decided which image to use, you’re ready to set it as your Chromebook wallpaper.
- Click the time icon in the lower-right corner and click the Settings icon.
- Select Personalization from the left sidebar.
- Click Set your wallpaper & style.
- Select Wallpaper.
- You’ll see a list of photo albums.
- Select Google Photos.
- Select the photo you want to use as your wallpaper.
- If you want to display a new image every day, click Change Daily. This setting automatically changes the wallpaper every day.
Use Google Photos album as a screensaver
The improvements to the Personalization Hub on ChromeOS don’t stop there, as you can also set specific albums within Google Photos for your screen saver. This will cycle through the various images within an album, similar to what is possible when using your Nest Hub as a digital photo frame.
- Open the Settings app on your Chromebook.
- In the left sidebar, click Personalization.
- At the top of the window, click Set your wallpaper & style.
- In the Screensaver box, click the Turn on button.
- At the top of the page, click the toggle to turn on Screensaver when “your screen is idle.”
- Select a screen-saver animation. (Slide show, Feel the breeze, or Float on by.)
- Under Image Source, select Google Photos.
- Select a Google Photos album that you want to use as a screensaver.
- Once selected, click Screen Saver in the top toolbar.
- Scroll to the bottom until you reach the Weather section.
- Select either Fahrenheit or Celsius for the weather information displayed on your screen saver.
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After setting up the screensaver, this will show different bits of information including the date, time, and current weather conditions. All the while, letting you see your favorite pictures from a specific Google Photos album cycle through. Of course, you can also create a new Google Photos album if you want something that looks a bit different from the photos that show up on your Nest Hub or other smart displays.