How to View Google Photos on Roku Device

Google Photos provides anyone with free access to the cloud storage to save photos and videos. Unlimited storage for up to 16 MP photos and 1080p full HD videos will be available, provided you choose the high quality preset as the upload size. Google Photos is the app for your photos and videos on your smartphone. The date automatically lists your pictures and videos. All photographs and videos can be backed up to and viewed by Google photos from any device with the same Gmail id. Google Photos’ web version enables you download your PC and Mac photos and videos. You can sync all your images to your Google account with Google photos and Google Drives automatically. Google photos can be accessed on several devices, including Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Firestick.

Now, what if you got a Roku device? Is it possible to view your Google Photos collection on Roku? In this post we will answer all your questions and guide you how to retrieve Google photos on Roku

How to View Google Photos on Roku

No, on the Roku Channels store, there is no official Google Photo app. There is no possibility to install side-by-side third-party applications, hence Google Photos cannot be installed on Roku Streaming.

We have also tried to find out whether Google Photos has private Roku channels. There were previously some options from third parties that were working but no longer available. Despite the hundreds of user requests, a Google Photos channel for Roku or Android TV app did not appear to bother developing because of its specialized use case. 

Google Photos can be seen on your Roku-based TV screen as an alternative.

Mirror Google Photos App on Roku Device

  • Link your Android device and Roku device to the same Wifi connection.
  • Install the Google Photos app on your Android device.
  • Navigate to the settings menu on your Android smartphone.
  • Select the option for connection and sharing.
  • Select the Cast option.
  • When you enable the cast option, it will look for nearby devices that are compatible.
  • From the search results, choose the name of your Roku device.
  • When you connect your smartphone, the mobile screen will appear on your Roku-connected TV screen.
  • Open the Google Photos app on your mobile device; the same will appear on your television screen.

Google Photos from Windows on Roku

  • Link your Windows pc and Roku device to the same Wifi connection.
  • Open your computer’s web browser and go to photos.google.com.
  • On your Roku device, turn on the Screen Mirroring feature.
  • Then, in the bottom right corner, click the notification icon.
  • From the drop-down menu that appears, choose Connect.
  • Now, Select your Roku device from the search results once it has been found.
  • Now, when you open the Google Photos app on your computer, it will appear on your TV screen as well.

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Use Google Photos View Channel on Roku

Google photos from your cloud library can be found directly from your Roku device with the PhotoView channel. Sign up with your Google Account and the channel automatically picks up your backup photos from your Google Photos library.

The channel offers an incorporated screensaver feature, which can be automatically executed when Roku device is inactive over a certain period of time. The slideshow of all your Google Photos albums is the screensaver. The slideshow time can be adjusted manually.

Kindly follow the following steps to add the PhotoView channel to Roku.

  • Type “PhotoView” into the search field using the on-screen keyboard, then click the PhotoView for Google Photos link in the search results on the right side.
  • Click Add Channel on the channel store page. If required, enter your PIN for Roku.
  • Once you have added the PhotoView channel for Google Photos to your list of Roku channels, click OK and come back to the Roku home screen. Then, at the bottom of the channels list, launch the PhotoView channel.
  • You’ll have an activation code to link your Google account when you first open the channel. Go to Google.com, enter code shown and click Next from your phone or PC.
  • After that, if you haven’t already signed in to your Google Account, then click Allow for access to the Google Photos Library via a PhotoView Roku channel.
  • You can access your backed up photos and Roku albums once you are signed into the channel. Videos and shared albums are unfortunately not available yet. The quality of images will also fall to 1080p Full HD even if the 4K TV and a Roku compatible device are available.
  • If you want to turn on the screensaver, go to Roku Home Settings and follow the Screensaver menu for Themes. Choose PhotoView channel from there. You can choose the albums to add in the slideshow from the ‘Change screensaver settings’ menu.

Google Photos is one of the best photo and synchronization applications on most platforms. However, unlike Amazon Firestick or Fire TV, Google Photos cannot be directly downloaded directly from Roku. No third party app is available at the side of the app. The only way to see your photos app on your Roku is by looking or casting from your mobile or accessories. That concludes the workarounds you should try to get Google Photos on Roku. Keep in mind that there is no official way to explore your backup media library, and sideloading third-party channels on Roku is currently impossible.

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