How to install Google Photos on Android TV (and why you shouldn’t)
Google Photos is not available on Android TV, and for good reason. As long as you can cast any photo or video from your phone to your TV, you don’t really need to install the full app later. However, there are reasons why you might want to install the appropriate photo app, and we have this tutorial for that. This is a very simple process, especially if you have Chromecast with Google TV (but even less if you have NVIDIA Shield), and you don’t waste your time with it. Unless you really need it.
Why get the Google Photos app?
I can talk about the fact that you need to watch the phone on the big screen instead of watching your gallery directly on TV, but it’s really a little tricky. As far as I’m concerned, there are only two valid reasons to run Google Photos on your Android TV.
The first one is Set up automatic backups and sync your screenshots with other devices. This is clearly something that only tech writers, gamers, app developers, or tutors would find useful. For many others who don’t need automatic backups when taking screenshots, there’s always a slow manual way to send screenshots to other devices – uploading files from Solid Explorer to Google Drive, or Use send to V. There are two methods I have used most often.
The second reason is this Allows anyone who doesn’t have a smartphone to browse your gallery on the big screen. It could be young children or the elderly, or someone else who doesn’t have a phone or tablet, and you want them to be able to access the gallery and take some pictures or when you’re not around to cast this content. Check out the videos. Television
Lost features, lots of hassles
Those of you who feel like rebels and think they still want access to photos on TV, let me take a moment to dampen your enthusiasm. Even when you run it, the experience is not what you used to be. This is the same photo app but the Android interface has not been improved for Android TV, so many features are not available.
One is that the tabs we see on our phones aren’t visible on TV, so you can’t go to the search tab (people, places, things) or access your library (albums, Fancy, Archive). This means you can only browse shared albums – via the conversation bubble at the top left – but still, only the first two lines of the image are accessible, not the entire album. For some reason, it is impossible to scroll through the past.
And we haven’t reached the highest level of experience: you can’t press the next (right) or the previous (left) on your remote’s D-Pad to move between fullscreen media. Instead, you need to open each image or video one by one, then go back and choose another.
Not all icons here are accessible with the TV remote’s DPad.
This leaves only some limited functionality. In addition to browsing one by one, you can tap and hold to select items and then share, share, delete, save or add them to an album. You can also configure automatic backups for specific folders.
Using a USB or Bluetooth mouse may improve the situation a bit, but even so, many features are inaccessible due to the way the app is presented on Android TV. Overall, what is here is not a problem for most people.
Step 1: Install Google Photos on Android TV
If, despite all these warnings, you’re still excited to have Google Photos playing on TV, take care of yourself. This process is not for the inexperienced or the faint of heart. If any of the terms I use below are confusing, you’ll be better off throwing the whole bid out altogether.
Download the latest Google Photos APK
Because browsers on Android TV are mostly crappy, it’s best if you kick it on the phone. You need to grab an installation file for the photo that fits your TV.
Of course, we recommend going to our sister site APK Mirror and getting the latest version. Your best bet is to get a full APK, ie leave the one that has the “bundle” notice. The different conditions for catching will depend on your TV. For example, you need a V7A processor variable for Chromecast with Google TV, and a V8A for NVIDIA Shield.
The next step is to send this APK to your TV and install it there. I will not go into detail on these two steps here as we have already written separate lessons for them:
Step 2: Search, launch and browse Google Photos
Photos on Android TV are unapproved, it doesn’t show up in the app launcher, so you have no way to launch it quickly.
You will need to switch to Android TVs View Settings> Apps> All apps, Then select and select to access the photo Open up On the right panel
If you find yourself taking photos too often and find these steps annoying, or if you want to make it easier for a child or someone else, you can set a button mapper shortcut for it. It basically remakes almost any button on a TV remote photo.
Another solution would be to use a third-party launcher, such as a Cedload Launcher or Home Screen Launcher, to display and quickly open the Sideload app.
Whichever way you decide to access the photo, the first time you open the app, it will ask permission to view your photos and media. You have to agree, then the almost familiar interface of photos will emerge.
The top bar lets you access your shared photos and conversations, as well as various settings (then more). Below this, you will find your gallery after your memories. As I mentioned earlier, the functionality here is very limited, so don’t expect anything like photos on your phone.
Step 3: Set up automatic screenshot backup
Turn on automatic backup
When you first sign in with Google Photos, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked to turn on backup and sync. If you plan to use the Photos app to sync your screenshots, you’ll need to turn it on, but that’s not enough.
Most Android TV devices do not store screenshots in the DCIM folder, so they will not automatically become part of the backup. You need to toggle sync to the Standstone screenshot folder, but it’s not as easy as tapping on your avatar and going to settings to turn it on.
You’ll soon find that it’s not possible to scroll through the pads in the menu in Photos on Android TV, so you can’t go to the settings below or click on anything. All you need to do is a mouse or a mouse-like function.
Get a USB / BT mouse or third party app
In the case of the missing mouse function, three scenarios present themselves.
. If you have a USB or Bluetooth mouse ready, just connect it to your Android TV unit. This is the easiest way to proceed.
* If you have a Shield TV, you can download the official remote app from the Play Store and switch to the mouse pad format. You will find a hovering mouse on your TV that allows you to move around and click on objects. Absolutely easy.
Finally, if you have another Android TV, you’re left in the cold because the official remote app has a trackpad and a sweeppad, but no mouse. I tried a lot of apps, but with Google TV only one worked well on my Chromecast: Zinc Remote. I had to install the cursor format on both my phone and my TV. The app needs access to access and permission to display on other apps (this is putting a cursor over your screen). I also noticed that he asked for permission to USB debugging and access to media, but I got the chance to work without them.
Honestly, I’m not too comfortable recommending it because the app requires too much access. But if you don’t have a shield or a mouse, that’s the only thing that works. Once you’ve set things up in the photo, you can always revoke permissions – and uninstall the app.
Enable screenshot backup (at the end)
We are there
Regardless of the way you get the cursor to be displayed on your TV, it’s time to enable backup of this screenshot folder. Go to your avatar in the upper right of Google Photos. Select now Photo Settings> Backup & Sync> Backup Device Folders And toggle Screen shots The screenshots below outline all the steps.
And with this function, you can easily go back, deactivate the mouse and live your life in general. Whenever you take a screenshot, it will be automatically backed up to Google Photos, and will be accessible from all your devices. It also works in the background, just like any other Android device, but it can’t be that fast. If you don’t see pictures popping up on your phone, give it a few seconds.
We told you before we started that it wasn’t a simple process and I hope you realize why it’s not worth it, if you remove all these limitations even after you install the app. Do what they face. But if you often take screenshots on your TV and want to send them wirelessly to your other devices, then photo backup is not as fast and reliable.