A custom launcher on your Chromecast with Google TV will allow you customise exactly what you see on the home screen. You can also change the wallpaper, add widgets and more!
Firstly we need to enable the option to install from unknown sources
Click Android TV OS build 7 times until you see a message that Developer Options have been enabled
Go back up and open Developer Options
Ensure that USB Debugging is enabled
Go back up until you see the Apps menu item, click that
Click Security & Restrictions
Push the right arrow to move to the right side of the screen where apps are located
Turn on unknown sources for the Downloader app
Wolf Launcher for Chromecast Google TV
Remote ADB Shell (Only needed for widgets)
Install TDUK CCGTV Launcher manager and Wolf Launcher from the above links.
Open the Launcher Manager
Notice the Active Launcher is LauncherX which is the stock Launcher
Click on Disable Stock Launcher
You will then see
Click on Always allow and then Allow
We can see the Active Launcher now says Wolf
Press the home key
You will now see the Wolf launcher.
How to enable widgets
Use Remote ADB shell on your device to make a connection.
once connected enter in the following command
appwidget grantbind --package com.wolf.gtvlauncher --user 0
You can now install some applications (Weather / clock etc) that support widgets. The one used in my video is from Aptoide TV:
This will give a result like:
How to go back to default launcher
Open up Launcher Manager and select “Enable Stock Launcher”
Press the home key and you will see