Google Photos Screensaver Mac


I use Google Drive’s Backup and Sync app to keep my Mac’s “Pictures' folder in sync with my Google Photos. The “Daily Wallpaper Bing Edition' application was set to download Bing’s pictures to the same folder, which I had not realized until I saw all these Bing pictures show up in my Google Photos. Google has made its Featured Photos screensaver – previously limited to Pixel, Chromecast and Google Fiber devices – available on the Mac. The screensaver pulls in the highest-rated shots. Download Google Drive for desktop. Use Google Drive to automatically back up photos from your computer to Google Photos. Thanks for downloading Google Drive. Open the installer on your computer and follow the prompts to start uploading photos. Get help installing. Click Desktop & Screen Saver. From the Desktop pane, select a folder of images on the left, then click an image on the right to change your desktop picture. In macOS Mojave or later, you can also choose from Dynamic Desktop images, which automatically change throughout the day based on the time of day in your location.

The folder of photos can go anywhere you want to put them. In the screensaver preference pane there's dropdown menu that lets you select any folder on the hard drive as the source of photos: Q: I want to use a google photo album for my screensaver on my iMac. I have tried the suggestion to select photos in google and do.

With more and more digital cameras and smart phones there are an ever increasing number of photos stuck on computers without ever being seen. abScreensavers.com's Random Photo Screensaver is here to help: dust off those pictures and put them on your screen!

Download Random Photo Screensaver 4.5.11 (6.7MB)

Preview transition effects

Preview options in interactive config

New in version 4

RPS version 4 is completely rewritten from the ground up making it future proof.

Benefits over default Windows / Google Photo Screensaver

  • Show images/raw images/play videos: Images formats: .bmp .gif (including animated gifs) .png .jpeg .jpg .wmp .svg; Video formats: .avi .wmv .mov .mp4 .mpeg .mpg; Option to play section of video or full videos. See formats page on how to install additional video formats and all supported RAW formats through UFraw.
  • Select multiple source folders: Easily select multiple folders.
  • Filter/select media: Make a (temporary) selection of images using filters based on filename, folder, date or even metadata.
  • Random or sequential ordering: Even though it's called Random Photo Screensaver there is also an option to display your images sequentially in the order they appear on your computer. The screensaver remembers the last images shown and continues where it left off the next time it starts.
  • Sort files on: Multiple file sort options; Path and filename, File creation date and time, File change date and time or Sort by filesize.
  • Include media details: The name of the photograph and/or metadata (EXIF/IPTC/XMP/DNG) can be displayed in the corner of the screen as can metadata.
  • Include clock: View a clock with the current time or screensaver running time to tell how long you've been away from your computer. The clock can also be disabled.
  • Set wallpapers: In addition to changing your computers wallpaper daily or after each screen saver run it is now possibly to set your wallpaper from the current picture shown in the screensaver (W key).
  • Open source screensaver (GPL): Full screensaver source code is available on GitHub.
  • Karmaware:payment is not required but greatly motivates me to develop RPS further; you decide how much you pay!

RPS features

  • Transition effects: 10+ different animated transition effects, making the screen saver more entertaining to look at.
  • Dual screen / multiple monitor support: Multi monitor support is provided making full use of all dual monitor, triple monitor and larger setups. See the multiple monitors screensaver page for more information.
  • Quicker start-up and better performance: Even with a large number (30,000+) of images, the Random Photo Screensaver still shows the first image within seconds.
  • Plug-n-play installation:The screen saver is easy to install and the default settings make it ready for a slideshow of your own photographs straight after installation. In the off change you don't like it, it comes with a full uninstaller too.
  • Future proof: All major releases are tested and confirmed to work on Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 & Windows 10.
  • Runs on 32 bit & 64 bit systems: Single installer for both 32bit and 64 bit versions of Windows.
  • Navigate through photos: Missed a photo? Simply navigate back and forwards through images, pause and resume the slideshow when you are ready. Up/down keys allow you to see sequential images even when set to random.
  • Loads of handy shortcuts: Locate current image in Windows Explorer, rotate image, delete image, see shortcuts for full list.
  • Hidden photos: It doesn't show any photographs from folders or images which are hidden using the system attribute. Of course you can disable this feature if you prefer.
  • Exclude subfolders: You can exclude any subfolders such as thumbnail folders.
  • Fit to full screen: Default all photos are displayed full screen. This can be disabled this for small photos.
  • Full control / completely configurable: Customize most of the settings exactly to your liking.

I should warn you using this screensaver you run the risk of staring at your screen waiting for the screen saver to kick in!

To do

My current to do list for RPS can be found on GitHub. If you like to see a feature please comment on GitHub, the more people that request a feature the more likely I'm to implement it. If you don't want to create a GitHub account, feel free to get in touch directly. It is also possible to pay for the development of a feature if you require it urgently and/or for a commercial project.



The random photo screensaver is open source donationware. Although legally not required you are encouraged to make a donation if you continue using RPS after 30 days.


You can subscribe to the Random Photo Screensaver Newsletter if you would like to be updated of new releases.


You made it this far, so why don't you download Random Photo Screensaver 4.5.11 (6.7MB)?

GIFs are Graphic Interchange Format files. These files are most widely-known as animated images used as comical anecdotes on social media. But, there are a lot of other uses too.

Having the same motionless wallpaper on your Mac can get pretty boring pretty fast. But did you know that you can liven up your screen and set an animated GIF as your wallpaper? In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to do it.

Setting Animated GIFs as Wallpaper on Your Mac Computer

Your computer’s operating system (macOS) doesn’t have the software that supports setting animated GIFs as wallpaper or screensaver.

However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t install additional programs that can help you. There are a bunch of programs you can find online for this, but most of them are either full of bugs or don’t work at all.

Luckily, we have found two programs that you can definitely rely on. These programs are also constantly getting updated, so users can enjoy more features almost every month. On top of that, they are completely free.

Let’s go through both of them and see what they’re all about.

Google Photos Macos Wallpapers

Before We Begin

Since the following tutorials will show you how to download, install, and use these programs, make sure that you have already downloaded an animated GIF of your choosing.

You can search for your desired GIF on websites like GIPHY, Tenor, and similar. Once you’ve found the GIF that you like, right-click on it and choose Save As.

It is also a good idea to make your own animated GIFs. There are plenty of online tools that allow you to create animations just by adding your pictures. The Gif Maker is one of the tools you can use.


GIFPaper is one of the first programs that allowed users to set animated GIFs as their wallpapers on Mac computers. In its initial versions, the GIFPaper software wasn’t exactly considered user-friendly. You needed to install and set up everything manually and it took quite some time.

On top of that, this program used to drain about 15% of the computer’s CPU power to display the animated GIF. You don’t need to be tech-savvy to know that 15% is too much.

However, the developers have fixed most of these issues, so the GIFPaper that we have now actually runs quite well.

We will start by showing you how to download and install this software.

NOTE: Keep in mind that animations always use more RAM and CPU power than other formats. Thus, no matter the program that you select, you will notice that your CPU is working overtime.

If your CPU isn’t that powerful and if you own an older Mac computer, you should avoid setting animations as wallpaper. The animations will most likely be laggy and you might end up damaging your CPU in the long run (although that’s quite hard).

Downloading, Installing, and Using GIFPaper

GIFPaper doesn’t have an official website. Therefore, the download link that we’ll provide you in this article will be from a third-party website. Although downloading anything from a third-party website isn’t recommended for safety reasons, this link has our green light. If that link stops working, you can check its alternative.

Click on the link and download GIFPaper. Here’s what you need to do to install and use this software:

  1. Double-click on the installation file named GIFPaperPrefs.
  2. A popup window will appear asking you whether you want to install the GifPaperPrefs preferences pane. Select the option that you want (Install for this user only or Install for all users of this computer) and click on Install. The installation will be done in a few seconds.
  3. Open the installed GIFPaperPrefs program.
  4. Select Browse from its initial screen and select the GIF that you want to set.
  5. Once you’ve selected your GIF, you can adjust its alignment, scaling, and background color.
  6. Run the second file from the folder where you’ve downloaded GIFPaper. It is called GIFPaperAgent.
  7. Select Open, and your animated GIF wallpaper should be set.


AnimatedGIF is a program developed for Mac OSX/macOS that allows users to play animated GIFs. Initially, this program worked as a screensaver. With its latest updates, AnimatedGIF can set animated GIF backgrounds on your Mac computer. The software is now quite stable and doesn’t use as much RAM or CPU, but you should still be careful as it varies from computer to computer.

First, you need to download AnimatedGIF. You can download the program from here.

As you can see, the program is posted on GitHub where you can even see its source code. To download AnimatedGIF, click on the release that you want. It is advised that you always choose the latest release (release 1.5.3 in this case) as it has all of the latest updates.

Scroll down to the Assets section and download both AnimatedGif.saver and Uninstall_AnimatedGif.app zip files. You can download the source code as well if you’d like, but it isn’t necessary.

Here’s how you can install and use AnimatedGIF on your Mac computer:

  1. Unzip the downloaded files.
  2. Double-click on the AnimatedGIF.saver file. macOS will then ask you if you want to install this program. Click on Install.
  3. Go to System Preferences.
  4. Select Desktop and Screensaver.
  5. From there, select AnimatedGIF Screensaver.
  6. Click on its Screen Saver Options.
  7. Select the GIF that you want to use. You will also be able to adjust a decent amount of settings from that window.

Customize Your Mac Computer Wallpaper

GIFPaper and AnimatedGIF both allow you to customize your Mac’s wallpaper by setting animated GIFs rather than motionless background images. You now know what you need to do to install and use these programs. Choose the program that you find easier to use and have fun with it.

It is worth pointing out again that GIFs and other animations use more CPU power and RAM, so your computer could run slower.

Which of these two programs will you go for? Do you already have a perfect GIF in mind for your new wallpaper? Let us know in the comments below.

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