While the new Google TV interface and its ability to run apps are the stage thieves for the new Chromecast, Google’s new hardware has many of the same features as its predecessors.
It includes Ambient Mode, the screen saver (formerly known as Backdrop) that turns your TV into a giant digital photo frame when Chromecast is idle.
However, one of the more useful features of Ambient Mode – which shows current weather conditions – is not activated out of the box. How to add it to your TV.
Method 1: The Chromecast remote control
The addition of a remote control distinguishes Chromecast with Google TV from its predecessors. The ability to interact with the device immediately means you can adjust its settings without your smartphone.
Step 1: Access settings
Google wants you to stay in the For You section, which curates your content from streaming apps supported on a screen. As a result, it is not immediately clear where the settings are.
From the top menu, scroll right to your profile photo. Click on it to open the message window, where you will find the Settings app.
Step 2: Navigate to ambient screen settings
In Settings, scroll down to System and click on it.
Then scroll down to Ambient Display and click on it.
Step 3: Activate weather display
In the ambient mode settings, scroll down to Weather. In the preview window, you will see that it is set to “Hide.”
Click Weather to open the edit mode. Scroll down to select the desired unit of measure that you want to display, and you are done.
Return to the ambient mode settings page, then select “Start Now” to confirm the display for why not?
Method 2: The Google Home app
Without a user interface, the only way to set up older generations of Chromecast is through the Google Home app. Although it has its own direct input, you can also configure the new device from the home app.
Step 1: Install the Google Home app
You need the home app to set up your Chromecast, so you should already have it on your smartphone. So the first step is easy!
- Install full app name: Android (free) | iOS (free)
Step 2: Go to the Chromecast settings
Find Chromecast on the home app homepage. You may need to scroll if you have multiple devices. During installation, unless you choose another name, the unit is probably named after the room it lives in, such as “Living Room TV.”
Tap its icon and find the gear icon. Tap it to open access settings.
Step 3: Enter ambient mode settings
Press Ambient Mode to enter its settings. You will find the weather options in the middle of the page. As with method 1, select your desired units of measure and you are ready.
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