How to Set Google Photos as Wallpaper on Chromebooks

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Setting the wallpaper on your various devices is easily the easiest way to personalize said device. This applies to your computers, tablets and phones, but with a Chromebook we thought Google was missing an opportunity. Since many of us save our most precious moments to Google Photos, it only made sense to be able to set those images as wallpaper from a Chromebook.

Thankfully, improvements to the Personalization Center and the release of ChromeOS 102 have met those demands. You can finally set Google Photos as your Chromebook wallpaper, and it couldn’t be easier.

How to Set Google Photos as Wallpaper on Chromebooks

1. Open the Settings app on your Chromebook.

2. In the left sidebar, click Personalization.

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3. At the top of the window, click Set your wallpaper and style.

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4. Click on the preview image in Wallpaper to block.

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5. In the list of albums, click Google Photos.

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6. Locate and select the image from Google Photos that you want to use.

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7. Close the personalization hub.

When you follow the steps above, you can choose to set an individual image as your Chromebook wallpaper, but you can also set it to change automatically. Just click on the Change daily that appears, and you’ll enjoy a new wallpaper every morning when you turn on your Chromebook.

Use Google Photos album as screen saver

The customization hub improvements on ChromeOS don’t stop there, as you can also set specific albums in Google Photos for your screensaver. This will cycle through the different images in an album, similar to what’s possible when using your Nest Hub as a digital photo frame.

1. Open the Settings app on your Chromebook.

2. In the left sidebar, click Personalization.

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3. At the top of the window, click Set your wallpaper and style.

Open the personalization center on Chromebooks, set your wallpaper and the style is highlighted

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4. In the Screen saver box, click the To light up button.

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5. At the top of the page, click the toggle to activate the screensaver when “your screen is idle”.

6. Select a screen saver animation. (Slideshow, feel the breeze or float.)

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7. Under Source of imagesselect Google Photos.

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8. Select a Google Photos album that you want to use as a screensaver.

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9. Once selected, click Screen saver in the top toolbar.

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10. Scroll down until you reach the Time section.

11. Select either Fahrenheit Where Celsius for the weather information displayed on your screensaver.

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After setting up the screen saver, this will display different information including date, time and current weather conditions. All the while, letting you scroll through your favorite photos from a specific Google Photos album. Of course, you can also create a new Google Photos album if you want something a bit like the photos that show up on your Nest Hub or other smart displays.

Easily customize your Chromebook

As we mentioned earlier, being able to customize and personalize the wallpaper on the best Chromebooks is nothing new. But before ChromeOS 102, if you wanted to do that, you would have had to manually upload the image and then set it in your Chromebook’s Settings app.

Now that’s no longer a problem, and you can even go so far as to use a personalized “Wallpapers” album to browse different images on a daily basis. It makes your Chromebook look “fresh” and you might come across a picture or two that you completely forgot about.

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