How to Set up a Google Photos Screensaver on an Android Phone

If you have more pictures in your Google Photos app than you know what to do with, why not put your phone to work displaying them? With just a few simple steps, you can use your Android phone’s screensaver feature to turn your phone’s screen into a digital photo frame while it’s charging.

This works especially well for phones with wireless charging (so you can see your photos with the phone leaning on a charger), but it will work with any type of charging mode or if you connect your phone to a dock. It’s built right into the operating system, and it’s a neat and easy way to show off some of your favorite photos.

I used a Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022) for the steps below, but the process is very similar on a Samsung or Pixel phone. You must have the photos you want to display in a Google Photos album.

  • Reach Settings > display.
  • Faucet Advanced to display more menu options (if necessary) and select Screen saver.
  • Faucet Current screen saver and choose the Google Photos app icon. This will take you back to the main screen saver menu page. From there, press the button gear icon Beside Current screen saver.
  • From here you can access some preferences, like enabling or disabling the animated zoom effect. To select which photos the screensaver will display, choose your Google account to view a list of your Google Photos albums. (You can also see a list of albums you have on your device.) Place a checkmark next to the ones you want to include.
  • Return to the main screen saver menu page and press When to start to choose when the screen saver turns on, either while charging, in docking station, or both.
  • Return to the main screen saver menu page, then press Start now (Where Insight) to see what it will look like.


Look for the screensaver option on the display settings page. It can be nested under “Advanced” settings.

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You can choose which albums to display and change some display preferences.

You have finished! Here are some additional tips for your brand new digital photo frame at no extra cost:

  • Obviously, vertically oriented photos will be the best.
  • Choose photos in which the subject is centered, otherwise they may be cropped directly out of the image.
  • If you have a lot of horizontally oriented photos, disabling the “fill screen photos” option will help, but your images will look quite small on your screen.

The screensaver will always start with the first photo in the album and continue to display them in the order the album is sorted. If that seems a little too repetitive, you can create an auto-update album. Here’s how:

  • Start a new album in Google Photos. In the application, you will press the button Library at the bottom of the screen and select the plus sign for a new album. You can also choose an existing album by going to the same Library tab and selecting an album.
  • Give your new album a title, then under Add Photos, tap Select people and pets. Choose the topics you want to include in the scrapbook. Google will automatically identify them in new images uploaded to Google Photos and add them to your album.
  • If you’re using an existing album, tap the three dots in the top-right corner, select Optionsand under Automatically add photos, tap the plus sign and select who you want to include. To verify Also add existing photos If you want.
  • New images will appear at the beginning of the album, so they will be the first to appear when your screensaver starts.

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