How to Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

If you have a smart TV that runs on Google TV, then you have probably noticed Google’s recommendations on the home screen of popular shows, movies, and much more. Thankfully, you can remove them from your TV’s home screen by enabling the apps only mode on Google TV.

For those unaware, the apps only mode on Google TV hides personalized recommendations and limits access to selected apps. This feature is very helpful to hide your recommendations in situations where your TV is used by other people most of the time. Read on to check out the steps to enable apps only mode on Google TV.

Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

As the name suggests, when you enable the feature, you will only see a list of installed apps on the home screen that you can open to find some content to watch. Here’s how you can enable Apps Only Mode:

Step 1: First of all, turn on your TV that runs on Google TV.

Step 2: From the home screen, click on the gear icon to navigate to Settings. If you don’t see the gear icon, just tap on your profile icon and tap Settings.

How to Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

Step 3: Select Accounts and sign-in.

How to Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

Step 4: On the next screen, choose your profile.

Step 5: Scroll down until you find Apps Only Mode. Enable the toggle next to it. On some models, you will find the option under Settings > System > About.

How to Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

Step 6: Confirm the action by tapping Turn On.

How to Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

Now, when you go back to the home screen, you will see a neat and clean. On some TV models, you further select the apps you want to see on the home screen. After enabling the feature, scroll through the list and deselect apps you don’t want to see, then save the preferences.

Note: When you enter the Apps Only Mode, you can’t use Search or Google Assistant. In addition to that, you can’t even like or dislike content, add videos to your watchlist, or mark them as watched.

How to Disable Apps Only Mode on Google TV?

The steps to exit Apps Only mode on the device running on the Google TV operating system are similar to those for enabling. Still, if you have any confusion, follow the below steps.

Step 1: Tap Settings on the Google TV’s home screen. For some TV models, you need to tap on your profile icon at the top-right corner to choose Settings.

Step 2: Choose Accounts and sign-in then select the profile.

Step 3: Scroll down and turn off the toggle for Apps Only Mode. If you can’t find the option, just navigate to Settings > System > About, as some devices have it on a different path.

How to Enable Apps Only Mode on Google TV

As soon as you disable the option, you will again see personalized recommendations of shows, movies, and more on your TV’s home screen.

Wrapping Up

So, that’s all about what the Apps Only Mode is and how you can enable or disable it on your TV that runs on the Google TV operating system.

While Apps Only mode limits access to selected apps by removing all other elements from the home screen, if you face any issues after enabling the feature, you can exit the mode to access all the features. If you have any questions related to the article, do let us know in the comments below.

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