How to enable a custom screensaver on your Chromebook

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Screen protectors don’t serve much purpose beyond looking cool and hiding the screen. However, if you have a Chromebook, you can enable a screen saver with photos and personal information. Any Chrome OS device can be seen as a smart display.

The Chrome OS screen saver looks like a Chromecast or Smart Display background. Shows the time, weather, and music playback. Background images can be pulled from your Google Photos account or from a selected art gallery. while doing it Look as a smart display, it doesn’t have any Google Assistant features.

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Note: To use the screen saver feature, your device must be running Chrome OS 88 or later.

First, select the clock on the shelf to open the quick settings panel. Click the gear icon to open the Settings menu.

From Settings, select “Personalization” on the left sidebar.

select customization

Click “Screen Saver” in the “Personalization” section.

select screensaver

Turn on the “On” switch.

activate it

We now have some customization options to work with. In the “Background” section, you can choose between “Google Photos” or “Art Gallery”.

choose a background provider

Each will give you a few different albums to choose from. If you choose “Google Photos”, you can choose from your personal albums.

choose google photo albums

Once you’ve made your background selections, go to the “Weather” section and choose either “Fahrenheit” or “Celsius.”

choose weather units

That’s all about it. The screen saver will start automatically when the device goes idle, which takes approximately six minutes on battery power or eight minutes when plugged in.

The Chrome OS screensaver on a Chromebook
The screensaver in action. Google

If you want the screen to stay on so you can enjoy the screen saver longer, open the Settings menu and go to Device > Power. Here, you can choose “Keep screen on” when idle while charging or on battery power.

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keep screen on

Now you have a Smart Display type screen saver with useful information and custom background images. This should make your Chromebook look a bit better when you’re not using it.

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