If you’re using Google News on a limited data plan, you can hide stories from publications you don’t want to see in your feed. Open the app and tap the three-dot menu beside any story to find more options.
You can also use a few other settings to reduce notifications from Google News. Read on to learn how.
1. Go to Settings
The Settings app on an iPhone is a valuable resource for making changes to your device. It can be used to control everything from the amount of space an app takes up to which apps are allowed to access your camera or microphone. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find the right setting for your needs. Fortunately, there are some tips you can use to make the process of going to Settings as easy as possible.
The first step in getting to Settings on an iPhone is finding the app. The easiest way to do this is by using the search function in the App Library. You can also open the Settings app by swiping down on the Home or Lock screen and tapping the search bar. Entering “settings” into the search field will display all of your available options.
Once you’ve found the Settings app, the next step is to scroll down and tap Notifications. This will give you a list of all the different notifications that you can receive from the app. From here, you can turn off news notifications completely or reduce and refine the types of notifications that you receive.
You can also adjust your Google News preferences from within the app. For example, you can choose to follow specific people, categories, or locations to see content based on those topics in your For You feed. You can also follow individual publications, such as magazines like Entertainment Weekly and Traveler or blogs, such as PopSugar, to see stories from those sources in your feed.
If you don’t want to see certain articles or websites in your Discover feed, you can block them by visiting the Google app and selecting your profile picture in the top right corner. From here, you can select “Edit feed” and then choose “Block websites and topics” to block the content you don’t want to see in your Discover feed. If you have a limited data plan, you can also enable a feature to restrict videos from playing automatically (refer to the third trick). This will help to conserve your mobile data.
2. Tap Notifications
If you want to stay informed without getting a beep or buzz every time there’s a new story, you can turn off Google News notifications on your iPhone. You can even customize how often you get them or change the settings so that you’ll only receive important ones. If you haven’t already, open the app and tap your profile in the upper-right corner. Then, tap Notifications to open the Google News notification settings.
By default, you’ll get notifications every time a story is published that matches your interests. You can also opt in for more detailed notifications, such as when a full article is available or when the story is trending.
You can also choose whether you want to be alerted about breaking news, stories from your favorite publications or both. You can also adjust the frequency of these notifications and choose whether you’d like to receive them on your lock screen.
The settings here will let you manage your notifications for any apps that use push notification on your iPhone. You can also enable quiet notifications, which will appear in Notification Center but won’t show up on your lock screen, play a sound or display a banner.
If you’d prefer not to get a notification for any publication in the Discover feed, you can add it as a source in Google News and then tap the star icon in the upper-right corner to mark it as a Favorite. You can then find the publication in the Following tab and check its coverage later. You can also add the source as a 1 x 1 widget to your homescreen to check articles in Google News without opening the app.
You can control how often you want to receive the news in the Discover feed by tapping on the overflow menu next to each card. You can also hide specific sources from the For You and Headlines sections, and you can select More stories like this or Less stories like this to customize your newsfeed experience. You can also turn off notifications in the app itself by tapping on your profile picture in the top-right corner, then tap Notifications to open the settings.
3. Tap Google
Most apps on your iPhone — including news apps — send you notifications. These can be as tame or as intrusive as you want. You can disable Google News’ alerts entirely or customize the amount of news you receive. You can also control how quickly you get notified of certain kinds of stories.
You can control the number of news notifications you receive by dragging the dot on the notification settings page to the left. This might take a bit of experimenting to find the balance that works for you. You can also change the default video autoplay setting to Wi-Fi only or disable it entirely.
Whether you use the Google News app or Google Discover, the company’s news feed uses your interests and reading habits to deliver articles that are most relevant to you. You can further customize this content by following topics that you like and unfollowing those that you don’t. This can help the algorithm better match the news you’re interested in to what’s happening in the world.
If you find yourself getting a lot of alerts from certain sources, you can hide them from your Discover feed or For You section by tapping the overflow menu (on Android) or three dots in the top-right corner of a card. You’ll see one of the options Hide stories from [source] or Don’t show content from [source].
This can reduce the number of articles you see from a given source in your news feed, though it will not stop you from seeing other content that Google News may think is more relevant to you. You can also prevent a specific topic from appearing in your Discover feed by heading to your Google News settings and tapping your profile icon at the top-right corner of the app.
You can also tap the button in the bottom-right corner of the app to view your full list of notifications. This will include all the topics you follow and those that are most relevant to your interests. You can even delete an individual notification by long-pressing on it.
4. Tap Off
If you’re not interested in news or articles, it might be a good idea to disable Google Discover on your iPhone. This will prevent any new stories from being pushed to the app, and it’s a quick option to turn off. The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 12. You can also do this by tapping and holding the Apple logo on the back of the device, which will bring up a menu with different options (including disabling the Show Google App option).
Once you’ve turned off news notifications from the Google News app, you may want to tweak other settings. For example, if you’re on a limited data plan, you might be interested in disabling autoplay videos or setting up Data Saver mode. You can also set up a more personalized news feed in the app by customizing source preferences and hiding publications you’re no longer interested in.
You can do all of these things in the Google News app, on Android phones as well. Open the app, tap your user icon in the top-right corner, and then select Settings. Tap the Notifications tab, and then you can control which news articles are notified about. You can also adjust the frequency of these notifications, as well as other settings like the type of notification sound and whether you want to receive news on your lock screen.
On the Apple News app, you can customize your news feed to get more of what you want and less of what you don’t. You can also check full story coverage from your favorite publications in the app by opening the publication and tapping the three-dot menu. You can even turn on the Mini cards toggle to get a more compact layout of articles.
Apple News+ is another way to get a more customized news feed, but it comes at an extra cost of $9.99 a month. The app can also be integrated with your other subscriptions, such as magazines and newspapers. However, you’ll need to enable News+ on your iPad or Mac before you can use this feature.