Friday, March 24, 2023


Showing old photo albums on TV fills your home with memories

scanning photos from an old albumBy Chris Guld, Geeks on Tour

How do I get my old photo albums into Google Photos? While we stay home, we are pulling out our old photos. In the Geeks On Tour YouTube show Episode 189, we show you how we get them into Google Photos, make albums and then add the albums to our Google Home “ambient” mode which acts like a screensaver for the TV.

Our house is filled with our travels because our travel photos both old and new are displayed on TVs and other photo frame devices in every room.

First step: Digitize

Scan the photos from albums with your phone so they go to Google Photos.
  1. If there is no problem with glare or reflection, you can just use the camera on your phone.
  2. The Free Google PhotoScan app will remove glare, and generally do a better job.
  3. See tutorial video:

Then display

To display your Google photos on the TV, it must be a Chromecast-enabled TV or you can buy the Chromecast device for $35 and plug it in to your TV’s HDMI port. Then you use the Google Home app, or the Google Photos Android App, to specify albums to be displayed like a screensaver. See our YouTube show Episode 189 for more detail.

It fills the house with such joy to have your photos showing on the big screen. Virtual travel at its best.

Photos displayed on TV
Like a screensaver our photos just keep randomly displaying on the TV

Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do?  They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to, for many years. 



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1 year ago

Remember when you would invite all your friends over for a slideshow after one of your trips and bore everyone for two hours?

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