8 tips and tricks for squeezing Google Discover

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Google Discover is a present feed on a large number of Android phones in Spain, which has recently also been available on Samsung mobiles with One UI 3.1. This feed is located in the left panel on the phones that have it and gives us access to news that may be of interest to us. It is a tool that continues to generate doubts, since many do not see it as something useful.

Google Discover can be a good tool on Android, although for this we must know more about how to use it. Here we leave you with some tips and tricks that will allow us to make better use of this feed on our Android phones.

1. Select the topics and media that interest you

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When you use Google Discover for the first time, you will see that there is a lots of news that are not of your interest, because they deal with topics that you don’t usually read or that don’t contribute anything to you. This can also happen with media, news from newspapers or media that you do not want to read at any time. It is important that the Google feed knows it, so that they will let us show news about these topics. This is something that is done in a simple way:

  1. Go to the file of that news.
  2. Click on the icon with the three vertical dots.
  3. Select the option “I’m not interested …” in that menu.
  4. Or if you are not interested in the medium, click on “I am not interested in news from …”.
  5. Repeat the process with those media or topics that do not interest you.

Doing this will allow you to adapt Google Discover to your tastes, which will stop showing you news on those topics or from those media in question.

2. Reduce Google Discover data usage

Reduce use of Google Discover data

Google Discover works in the background on our Android phone, updating itself frequently. Every time we open this feed we find new news, with the consequent consumption of mobile data. The good news is that there is a way to reduce that data consumption, causing it to update less frequently. For users with limited rates or when you are close to reaching your maximum rate, it can be a little help.

  1. Open Discover.
  2. Click on your profile photo at the top.
  3. Go into Settings.
  4. Go to General.
  5. Look for the Data Saver option.
  6. Activate this option.

3. Indicate what news you like

Google Discover like

 

Last fall, a new way to like the news you see on Discover was introduced using a heart icon. As if it were a social network, you only have to click on the heart icon to indicate that you like this news. This type of action can be used for the feed to show you more news of that type, on that topic or medium, so you help it better adjust to your preferences at all times.

4. Manage notifications

Google Discover Notifications

Google Discover issues some notifications on Android, for some specific situations, such as major weather changes, the weather, reminders about sporting events (live matches) or topics of interest. As with any application on Android, we do not want it to emit too many notifications, which make it annoying. It is advisable to review which notifications we are interested in, in order to have better management. The steps to follow are:

  1. Open Discover on Android.
  2. Tap on your profile picture.
  3. Go into the settings.
  4. Go to the Notifications section.
  5. Turn off notifications you don’t want to see.

5. Manage your interests

Google Discover manage interests

On Google Discover we usually mark those topics or media that we like and the ones we don’t like. Although these interests are not always true, since there are times when there are topics that interest us and that for some reason do not come out. In the application we can manage those interests, in case there are some that we want to activate or others that we want to deactivate. These are the steps:

  1. Open Discover.
  2. Click on your profile photo in the upper right.
  3. Go into Settings.
  4. Go to Interests.
  5. Enter Your Interests.
  6. In the topics section choose those topics that you want or do not want to follow.
  7. It descends to “According to your Activity”.
  8. Mark those topics that interest you and those that don’t by using the buttons.

6. Report content

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Google Discover is no stranger to fake or inappropriate news, a problem for which Google itself has the help of users. You can report news at any time that is not true or that is displaying false or uncontested information, as well as inciting hatred, for example. When reporting something, Google will analyze this news and it may be removed from this feed. The steps to follow are:

  1. Open Discover.
  2. Go to news that is false or inappropriate.
  3. Click on the three vertical dots.
  4. Click on Report content.
  5. Choose why you are reporting that content.
  6. Click on report.

7. Weather information

Google Discover weather

There is a small box with weather information on Google Discover, which shows the weather at your current location. It is possible that we want to make some changes in this window, such as the unit in which the temperature is displayed or add this panel to the home screen, for example. This is something we can do in a simple way:

  1. Open Discover.
  2. Click on the weather information window.
  3. Wait for it to open in the new window.
  4. Click on the three vertical dots.
  5. Change the units or add this window to the mobile home screen.

8. Turn off Google Discover

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Many users on Android they don’t find Discover to be really useful, so they prefer not to have it activated on their mobile. If this is your case, whenever you want you can deactivate this feed on your phone. The steps for this are simple and also whenever you want you can activate it again. These are the steps:

  1. Open Discover.
  2. Tap on your profile picture.
  3. Go to the settings.
  4. Click on General.
  5. Go to the option called Discover.
  6. Uncheck the switch to disable this feed.

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