Your Google Discover Feed Is More Useful Than You Might Think

You can find the Google Discover feed in a number of places: it’s a swipe away from the home screen on most Android phones, it’s front and center in the Google apps for Android and iOS, and it’s also displayed on the new tab page of Google Chrome on mobile. And yet, in my opinion, it doesn’t get enough attention.

Perhaps you’re already a Google Discover devotee and rely on these pages daily, but from the people I know (which is, admittedly, a pretty tiny portion of the world’s population), this constantly updated stream of news, reviews, and other updates isn’t that widely known.

The Google Discover feed surfaces high-quality web articles and other information (like sports scores) that are of particular interest to you. You can customize this feature in a number of ways.

How Google Discover feed works

Google Discover

Discover suggests you start with some quick information.
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Google Discover works right out of the box. You don’t need to spend time setting it up before using it. You can find it in any of the places I mentioned above, but here I’ll focus on using it on a Pixel phone (it works similarly on other apps): just swipe left from the main home screen to bring it up.

As you probably already know, Google knows a lot about you through your search history and other activity in its apps, and that information is used to power the Discover feed. Everyone’s feed is different, but you can see the weather in your area, the latest scores from your favorite sports team, and places on Google Maps that you’ve recently visited.

If the Discover feed is working as expected, you should also see a list of recently published online articles that match your interests (technology, science, and football in my case). You can tap on any of these articles to view them. You may also see links to Google apps and tools, such as Google Translate or Google’s service for removing your personal information from web search results.

The Discover feed is never-ending: Keep scrolling down to see more reading recommendations. If you want new links, go to the top of the screen and swipe down to refresh. The content you see is based on your activity on the web and in apps. If you want an overview of how this information is collected, visit your Google Account dashboard on the web.

How to customize the Google Discover feed

Google Discover

Tell Google what you’re not interested in.
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If you don’t like the recommended items you see in the Google Discover feed, there are a few ways you can change them. For example, you can tap the heart icon on items you really like. You’ll sometimes see a row of face emojis in the grid to give your opinion on a particular recommendation.

Tap the three dots next to any article and you can tell Discover that you’re not interested in the article in particular, or the article’s topic more generally. The same pop-up menu also lets you block content from a certain source. To further configure your feed, tap the Manage your interests link on the same screen.

You’ll see some of the Google searches you’ve recently made, as well as items you’ve saved from apps like Google Maps. Anything you’ve liked in the Discover feed by tapping its heart icon will also appear here. For all of these lists, you can quickly remove entries by simply tapping them, if you don’t want to see relevant recommendations. You’ll also see topics you’re not interested in, and you can edit this list as well.

Finally, you can tap on your profile picture (top right) to access a multitude of options related to Discover and your Google account in general: The main option for Discover is Interestswhich takes you to the screen we already mentioned, but you can also view (and clear) your Google search history, see your public Google profile, and much more.

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