It looks like Chromecast backdrops pulls its photos from Google+ photos, but Google+ shut down its photo feature on 8/1/2015.

First, what gives? Second, is there any way presently to show my Google Photos collection on the backdrop?

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    Did you try activating the "Your Photos" feature on Chromecast? Google+ Photos and Google Photos use the same image store so anything that was available in one is available in the other. – abraham Sep 9 '15 at 16:14
  • @abraham yes, I have the "your photos" feature activated, but the only folders that show up are the ones on my Google+ profile. I have thousands more photos on "Google Photos" in folders that aren't available to select from the Chromecast configuration. – glenviewjeff Sep 10 '15 at 15:23
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because is about a device managed by mobile apps. – Rubén Sep 13 '15 at 0:52

You just need to create "Google Photos" folders. Just select some photos and add them to a new folder at photos.google.com, and the new folder will appear in your Chromecast backdrop folder list, where you can select it for display.

Note: if you want to add a bunch of photos at once to a folder (either by date, or by selecting a face using the facial recognition search,) you can select a single photo's checkbox with a click, then shift click another photo. All of the pictures in between will also be selected.

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