Google News: 8 Tips Easy tips and tricks to get you started – Android Police | Hot Mobile Press

Despite a wide range of dedicated news apps and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, many users prefer Google News to read the latest stories and discover trending topics. A recent overhaul of Material You also makes the Google News Android app better than ever for reading short articles on the go. However, the default Google News settings and customization options may not be set up correctly for everyone. Here are the top Google News tips to improve your reading experience on a small screen.


1. Adjust notification settings in Google News

Google News might bombard you with dozens of notifications throughout the day. Before you turn off notifications for Google News for good (and might miss breaking news), you can customize your notification settings to your liking.

  1. Open Google News on your Android phone.
  2. Tap the circular account picture in the top-right corner.
  3. Tap on Message Settings.

  4. Choose notifications in the Warnings menu.
  5. You can use the slider to decrease the number of notifications.

You can also turn off other notification types like breaking news, headlines, daily briefing, daily top story, sports, and more.

2. Change your region of interest

You may want to know what is happening in British politics or how the current economic situation in Sri Lanka is developing. With Google News, you can view news from up to two pairs of languages ​​and regions. Here’s how you can set it up.

  1. Open Message Settings in Google News (see above).
  2. Check the General menu and tap Languages ​​and regions of interest.

  3. Google News suggests some language and region pairs that you can add to your account. Tap on Add language and region to check other options.
  4. Select the radio button next to a language and region. You’ll now see news from both regions in your Google News feed.

You even have the option to change the primary language and region for your Google News account.

3. Disable video autoplay in Google News feed

The default autoplay behavior of videos in Google News can be distracting at times. Luckily, you have the option to disable it or leave autoplay enabled over Wi-Fi only.

  1. Open Message Settings in Google News (check the steps in the first section).
  2. Scroll down and tap Play videos automatically in which feed Menu.
  3. Select the radio button next to it WiFi only or Disabled.

4. Check the full coverage of a story

If you want to follow the full coverage of a particular news item from leading media houses, you can easily do so on Google News.

  1. Start reading any story on Google News.
  2. Tap the Full Coverage option below.
  3. Google News will bring the same story to read from other media sources.

You can even tap the little Google News icon next to a message for full coverage, so you don’t have to open the story first.

5. Follow themes and save stories

Your routine may revolve around busy mornings and you may not have enough time to read all the important stories first thing in the day. You can save stories or topics to read later.

  1. Open a news story in Google News.
  2. At the bottom, tap the save icon (which looks like a ribbon).
  3. Go back to the home screen and open the Following Tab.
  4. Scroll down and you can review your saved stories in chronological order.

From the same menu, you can follow specific topics and media sources.

6. Hide stories from a specific publication

If you no longer want to see articles from a particular site or publisher, you can hide current and upcoming articles from your Google News feed.

  1. Open Google News and find any stories you want to hide.
  2. Next to each story, tap the three-dot menu.
  3. Choose Hide stories from a publication from the following menu.

You can manage your source preferences from Google News Settings > Sources and topics you see less of Menu.

7. Activate data saving mode

Searching the Google News feed on a limited data plan? You can turn off video autoplay (check the third trick) and turn on data saver for some internet breaks.

  1. Go to Google News settings (see first trick).
  2. Scroll down to data saving mode.
  3. Select the radio button next to it Allowed.

8. Enable mini maps in Google News

If you’re not a fan of Google News’ latest bigger and bolder look, you can return to the familiar mini-maps to browse more stories without having to scroll too much.

  1. Open Google News settings (check the first trick).
  2. Enable mini maps toggle and return to the home screen to see the new look in action.

News is only the first draft of the story

Google News also offers one of the most useful Android widgets to place on the home screen. You can use it to check full coverage and have a look at your morning briefings without even opening the app. Once you master Google News, why not take the leap to going paperless?

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