Google TV streaming devices have a home screen filled with recommendations. There are many ways to fine-tune these, but if you prefer a less cluttered interface, you can also turn them off.
The Google TV home screen on devices like Chromecast with Google TV is very different from the company̵7;s previous streaming media platform, Android TV. First, you do not have much control over what the home screen looks like.
If you enable the Apps only mode, you can turn it off most of the recommendations, but there are still some catches.
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First, the Only Mode app also removes your access to the Watchlist feature and your Google Play Movies library. However, you can still cast from the Google TV mobile app. Second, the Search tab and Google Assistant features are disabled.
If you are okay with all of this, just select your profile icon at the top right of the home screen to get started.
Select “Settings” from the pop-up menu.
Select “Accounts and Login.”
Select your Google Account (the same account that is connected to the Home screen).
Scroll down and turn on the “Apps only” option.
A confirmation screen will appear explaining everything that will be disabled in Apps Only mode. Select “Continue” to continue.
Your Google TV home screen will now look like the image below.
The “Highlights” bar at the top still shows a handful of recommendations, but everything else will be removed.
Although disappointing, you can not use Google Assistant in Apps Only mode, but this interface may still be preferable for those who want it easy. Only your installed apps will now appear on your home screen.
Keep in mind that you will need to disable Apps Only mode to install apps or games on Google TV.