The Google news feed is a great way of staying at the top of your game when it comes to knowing what’s going on in the world. It can show you news pieces from all sorts of different sources – all in one place.
That doesn’t always mean that what you see there is exactly what you want to see though. And if it isn’t right, you can always adjust the settings until you’re happy with them. To change the appearance of your news feed, use the menu option in the top left corner.
Below are some things you can do in your news feed:
- Hide/Unhide sources
If you come across news outlets you don’t like and you want to hide them, hover over the link and use the three dots to see some more options. When you’ve done so, select the Hide all from this source option.
To get back a source you’ve excluded, go to the side menu and click on Settings near the bottom. Next, click on Manage next to Hidden sources and you’ll see all the things you’ve hidden before. To unhide them, simply click on the red and white minus symbol on the right of the source.
Tip: In order to see more or less of certain types of stories, use the thumbs up and thumbs down button to mark topics that interest you and ones that don’t. Over time, your feed will adapt to your preferences!
- Restrict by topic
In order to choose a specific topic or area of topics for your news feed, use the menu on the left. You’ll see a whole bunch of topics like Technology, Politics and Health. Click on one that interests you the most and you’ll be taken to an overview of the topic.
Here, you can filter by even more specific topics (which will differ for each of the top-level topics of course). If you find one that interests you, you can use the Follow button at the top to see more of it on your main feed.
- See recommendations based on your interests
To see what Google News thinks you will be interested in (based on your news history, Google searches and more), use the side menu. Near the top, you’ll see an option labelled For you.
Click on it to see a collection of news articles based on what Google thinks you like – here, like in other topics, you can use the thumbs up and thumbs down feature in order to customise this to your liking.
Tip: You can adjust what you see here another way as well – by going to My Activity in your Google account. You’ll be able to see things like your recent searches and other activity. If something here is negatively affecting your News feed, use the three dots and the Delete option on that item to remove it!