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This is how you turn Google Discover into your personal news feed

Google Discover is part of the Google app. (Photo: t3n)

Google Discover is preinstalled on millions of Android smartphones. But how do I use the news feed on the left home screen – and how do I get content that really interests me? We’ll explain it to you.

A newsfeed has been part of the Android system in one form or another for years. Google first called it “Now on Tap”, introduced in 2012 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Four years later, Google declared the feature dead, replaced it with the Google Assistant, and renamed the Now cards “Feed”. Another two years later, in 2018, the feed was renamed again; since then it has been called “Discover”.

The Discover feed is intended to provide users with quick information on interesting topics that you are interested in. In addition to the latest news, it can also display sports results. The regional weather is also an elementary part of the overview, which can be displayed in different ways.

How do I start Google Discover on the Android smartphone?

You can open Google Discover by tapping the G in the Google search widget. (Photo: t3n)

First we answer the elementary question of how Lets Google Discover open. The tool is part of the Google app, which is preinstalled on every Android smartphone by default. A tap on the app icon will take you there. If you have stored the Google search widget on your home screen, all you need to do is tap the small “G” in the search window.

Google Discover is located on the left home screen of many smartphones – now also on Samsung devices. (Photo: t3n)

In addition, it is being used on more and more Android devices the left home screen is occupied by Google Discover. Since the introduction of Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series, the homescreen has been optionally assigned the Discover feed even on the devices of the industry leader. If you wish, you can also exchange it for Samsung’s own feed, which is now called Samsung Free.

Google Discover: Based on which data sets the feed together?

According to Google, the information displayed is based on your preferences and the Data on web & app activities, i.e. basically on your surfing and search behavior, provided you use your Google account to navigate the web.

Unfortunately, Google’s recommendation engine on Discover does not always display content that corresponds to its own interests. In order to get rid of the superfluous “trash” and to make the Discover Feed a useful source of information, you have to lend a hand every now and then.

How do I customize Google Discover?

Google Discover – a tap on the three-point icon opens the menu for managing your interests. (Screenshot: t3n)

So that Google Discover is an informative point of contact for you for the latest news and other content, you have to train the tool a little from time to time. It’s easier than it sounds, as it only takes a few clicks at a time. Under each theme card there are two or three buttons, depending on the app version: On the one hand, a heart can be seen, followed by the share function and a three-point icon to open a menu that provides further functions.

You can use your heart to express, for example on Facebook or Twitter, that you are interested in the topic. In doing so, you are helping the Discover engine to display relevant news on the respective topic or keyword. You can see and manage which topics you have given a heart on an overview page. With the share button you can share content with others via Twitter, Facebook, Mail or other common ways. In some versions of the Google app, the share menu can also be hidden behind the three-point icon – as in the app version we have before us. Google has been experimenting with the app for months to find the best design.

Google Discover – here you can see and set what interests you and, if necessary, unblock blocked topics and news sources. (Screenshot: t3n)

Open the menu hidden behind the three icons , there are other options available that are particularly relevant for customizing your feed. On the one hand, you can tell the app that you don’t like a certain news, topic or news source. If one of the options is deselected, either only the respective news, the specific topic or the news source is hidden. It is always advisable to keep an eye on a broad horizon of news sources, unfortunately, in Discover, sometimes less high-quality sources are mixed in with them. You can determine from which sources you ultimately want to receive messages.

Google Discover is also part of the Chrome browser (Photo: t3n)

In addition, you can use the “Manage interests” setting to select a restricted topic on which you want to receive information. You will also find an overview of the topics and news sources that you have hidden. Here you can add them back to Discover if necessary. The Discover feed can also be found in the Chrome browser for iOS and Android and offers identical adjustment functions.

Can I disable Google Discover?

Anyone not interested in who has the news overview, can also deactivate Google Discover on his smartphone. Depending on the manufacturer and Android version, the way to switch off differs: Usually you will find the controller to deactivate Discover in the start screen settings, which you can either reach with a long press or a pinch gesture on the home screen.

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Derrick Santistevan
Derrick is the Researcher at World Weekly News. He tries to find the latest things going around in our world and share it with our readers.

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