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How to Disable Recommendations on Chromecast with Google TV

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.

account icon

Next, select Settings from the menu.

settings

Now scroll down and select “Accounts & Sign In” from the menu’s list.

 accounts and sign in

Next, select your Google account at the top of the menu.

google account

Your Google TV Account is the Google account you signed up with when setting up your Chromecast with Google TV.

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.

enable apps only mode

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.

apps only mode enabled

When Apps Only mode is enabled the screen will be clutter-free. There will also be a message below your installed apps letting you know that Apps Only mode is enabled.

And if you’re looking for more help with Google TV check out our article on how to install apps on Google TV.

 

 

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