How to customize your Google’s Discover feed on Android

Google’s Discover feed, currently available on most Android phones through the Google app, is designed to make it easier to explore personal interests. The tool allows mobile device owners to get updates on their passions without searching. Since Discover is all about you and your interests, the tech giant has included a handful of ways to help you personalize what you see. In this article, we explore how to customize your Google Discover feed to make sure you never miss an article that interests you again.

Where can you find the Discover tab?

You can access Discover through several means on your phone or tablet. To get started, you can open the Google app which is pre-installed on most Android devices. Alternatively, on some phones, just swipe left from your device’s home screen to find Discover.

How to customize the Discover View Google app

For those of you who use Chrome on your phone, the Discover feed can also be viewed by opening a new tab. You should be able to see it under the search bar.

How does Google select what to show you in Discover?

Google uses the information it collects about your device and the other Google products you use to decide what to show in Discover. In addition, Google uses the data stored in your Google account.

Most of the data is accumulated through “Web and App Activity”, which records your queries, browsing histories, and other activities related to your Google Account. For those who aren’t comfortable with Google knowing all of this information, keep in mind that the feature can be turned off and then back on.

Additionally, Google collects app and device information from your devices and uses your location history to create your own personalized Discover feed that targets your unique interests.

How to customize Discover

First of all, you need to make sure that the “Web and application activity” service is enabled because without it there can be no discovery.

In the Google app

How to Customize Discover Enable Web Application ActivityHow to Customize Discover Enable Web Application Activity

1. Open the Google app on your device.

2. Tap More at the bottom of the screen.

3. Select “Your data in the search”.

4. Scroll down until you find the Google-wide controls section.

5. Enable web and app activity.

In your browser

How to customize Discover Enable Chrome web app activityHow to customize Discover Enable Chrome web app activity

1. Log into your Google account.

2. Tap the Google account icon at the top of the page.

3. Select “Manage your Google account -> Data and personalization”.

4. Find the “Activity Controls” section.

5. Enable web and app activity.

Select what Google shows you in Discover

While Google does a pretty good job of predicting which articles you might be interested in, you might find that your Discover feed is missing in some areas. Or maybe it shows stories that you’re not really interested in. In these cases, it is up to you to make the necessary adjustments.

Follow new topics

You can easily follow new topics in your feed. The process is pretty straightforward.

How to customize the Discover Follow sectionsHow to customize the Discover Follow sections

1. Head to Discover on your Android device.

2. Search for an area of ​​interest, such as a TV show or an author.

3. You should see a Follow button in the upper right corner of the map. Tap the “+” to add this interest to your Discover list. Note that not all cases will display the Follow button.

Stop following topics

If Google is showing topics that you’re not really interested in in your Discover feed, it’s time to take action and stop following them.

How to personalize Find out about unsubscribe topicsHow to personalize Find out about unsubscribe topics

1. Head to Discover on your Android device.

2. Tap More at the bottom of the screen.

3. Go to “Settings -> Interests -> Your Interests”.

4. Scroll down until you find “Based on your activity”.

5. Press the Delete button to stop following a certain topic.

Another way to do this is to stop following topics directly from the Discover feed. You will notice that each card has a three button menu located in the lower right corner. Tap on it and choose one of the available options:

How to customize Discover Unsubscribe from Topics DirectHow to customize Discover Unsubscribe from Topics Direct
  • Hide this story – to hide it from your feed
  • Not interested in the topic – to stop following the topic
  • Stop seeing stories from a certain source – not to follow the source anymore
  • Manage your interests – to go directly to your interests

Bring back topics that were previously deleted

Have you changed your mind and want to report stories on a certain topic? The good news is that Google hides topics you no longer follow in a folder, so you can get them back quickly.

How to customize the Discover Restore sectionsHow to customize the Discover Restore sections

1. Go to Discover on your Android device.

2. Tap More at the bottom of the screen.

3. Go to “Settings -> Points of Interest -> Hidden”.

4. Tap show on the topic you want to bring back.

Change how often you see certain topics

Maybe you are passionate about the Gray’s Anatomy TV series and want to see more stories about it in your feed. If so, you can opt to find out more.

How to customize discovery frequency headingsHow to customize discovery frequency headings

1. Go to Discover on your Android device.

2. Tap the Control option (middle) located at the bottom right of each card.

3. Tap More (blue dot) to find more cards for that topic.

Otherwise, if you don’t want to drop a topic but want to see less of it in your feed, tap Less (red dot).

How to deactivate Discover

For those who don’t want to see the personalized feed with stories based on your interests, know that you can turn Discover off completely with just a few clicks.

How to customize Discover Turn OffHow to customize Discover Turn Off

1. Go to Discover on your Android device.

2. Tap More at the bottom of the screen.

3. Go to “Settings -> General”.

4. Disable Discover.

If you want to improve your experience using Google’s features and apps, you might want to learn how to backup Google Photos to your computer, turn on Google Assistant ambient mode, or customize Gmail notifications for Android.

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Alexandra Arici
Alexandra Arici

Alexandra is passionate about mobile technology and can often be found playing with a smartphone from an obscure society. She launched her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working a few years as a college teacher. Always driven by curiosity, Alexandra enjoys knowing how things work and sharing that knowledge with everyone.

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