By default, the Google TV home screen displays recommendations and other items. But if you would prefer a clutter-free interface you can enable Apps Only mode.
The Chromecast with Google TV is different than a typical Chromecast dongle. It has a self-contained operating system called Google TV with its own interface and it includes a remote. It’s a device that works more like a Fire TV, Roku, or Apple TV. You no longer need a phone or tablet to stream content to your TV. The home screen displays featured items and trending items. It also features a top row with categories like “Apps,” “For You,” “Library,” and more. And there are steps you can take to move items on the Google TV home screen.
If you’re happy with it you can improve recommendations on Googe TV. But if you find all that content clutters up your home screen and you would rather just see your installed apps you can. You just need to turn on “Apps Only” mode. If you would prefer a less cluttered home screen interface here’s how to do it.
Remove Recommendations on Google TV
To get started grab your remote and navigate to your profile icon at the top right of the home screen.
Next, select Settings from the menu.
Now scroll down and select “Accounts & Sign In” from the menu’s list.
Next, select your Google account at the top of the menu.
Scroll down and toggle on the “Apps Only Mode” from the list.
A confirmation screen pops up and explains what will be disabled in Apps Only mode. Click the Continue button.
After enabling Apps Only mode your home screen will look like the following shot. All of the extra content is removed including recommendations and the top row of different items like “Apps,” “For You,” and other items. The home screen is a lot cleaner with extra clutter that you may not want. And would rather that it be removed. Only the installed apps will appear on the home screen.
And if you’re looking for more help with Google TV check out our article on how to install apps on Google TV.