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How to change the screensaver on Android TV

Learn how to customize your Smart TV with Android by putting a screensaver: this is how you can do it.

Maybe Android TV, you have not inherited the customization capabilities from the mobile version of the operating system.

But that does not mean that it is not possible to modify the appearance of the interface, for example, changing the Android TV screensaver.

In this guide, we explain everything you need to know before trying change wallpaper or screensaver of Android TV: if it is possible to do it and, if so, what are the steps to follow for it.

Google TV interface

The version of Android TV that includes the new Chromecast.

What is the Android TV screensaver?

Unlike what we would do on a mobile or Android tablet, in an Android TV, instead of changing the wallpaper, what we will really modify is the screensaver.

This element is nothing other than an image, video or presentation that appears on the screen next to the time and the weather when no content is playing on the TV.

Broadly speaking, it is similar to Google Chromecast home screen –The old one, not the new Chromecast of 2020 with Google TV–.

How to change?

Dreamy, screensaver for Android TV

An example of a screensaver for Android TV.

By default, Android TV includes a screensaver that shows images of different kinds. However, as in Android, it is possible change screensaver, and there is even the possibility of download and install third-party screensavers through Google Play.

An example is Dreamy, a screensaver that shows the best images from Unsplash on the TV.

Once you have downloaded the screensaver for Android TV that you want to use, these are the steps to follow to change it:

  1. On the Android TV home screen, tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Go to “Device Preferences / Screensaver”.
  3. Now, choose the screensaver you want to use.

That's it. Now, the next time your TV is in "sleep" and without playing any content, but with the screen on, the TV will show the new configured screens automatically once enough time passes.

Can you change the wallpaper or wallpaper of Android TV?

Now, what if what you want is to change the wallpaper of Android TV? I am afraid that, in that case, I have bad news.

Android TV wallpaper is dynamic, and changes automatically based on the color palette of the selected content or application.

So, can't change android tv wallpaper, and the only thing you can do if you want to customize the TV is put a screensaver on your Smart TV.