Google is dramatically expanding the capabilities of the Chromecast, and part of that expansion is a new feature called “Backdrop” that shows beautiful imagery on your TV when it is not actively casting content. Starting this summer with an update of the Chromecast app, you’ll be able to open the app and customize what pictures show up on your TV when it is idle.
Just start the app and go to the familiar options menu up in the top left corner. In the menu you’ll see a new option called “Backdrop.” Once you get into the Backdrop menu, you can pick the pictures you want on your Chromecast. You can add your own personal pictures, artworks, satellite images and some other options. The new feature is a welcome addition to the Chromecast’s capabilities and is a nice way to make use of the device when you’re not streaming a movie.