With Apple’s News app, you can stay connected with the world of Politics, Sports, Entertainment, Business, and more. It’s one of the most useful apps on iOS devices, as it keeps you updated all the time without having to open and close different apps for news.
There is a problem, though! Apple always feeds all news stories according to its smart systems and intelligent data processing engines.
So, you might get to see stories from different interests and topics instead of few select news sources.
For ex. there are many individuals who don’t like to follow Politics and prefer Sports news only. In such cases, the official news app becomes less useful because you don’t really get to read what you actually want to.
Unfortunately, there is no direct solution to this problem. You will need to try out some workarounds to change the news feed on iPhone.
Here’s a list of tips that might help in changing unwanted feature stories from your news feed –
Remove News Topics from News Feed
This is what Apple recommends when you don’t like to see news article links from certain news and media houses –
- Go to Favorites section of your News app.
- Tap Edit on the screen.
- Tap on the top right corner and remove unwanted options from the list.
Voila! You’re done.
Similarly, you can add your favorite channels using Explore option for more specific interest-based stories.
Alright now, you will be free from trouble of seeing boring and uninteresting stories in your News Feed. You may also mute such channels and topics instead of removing them completely from the list.
Note – News app is only available in few countries including United States, United Kingdom and Australia. You might not be able to perform above method without this app on your iPhone or iPad.
Dislike Stories to change News Suggestions
As mentioned earlier, Apple uses different intelligent techniques to show relatable stories and news on your devices.
With Dislike Stories feature, you can simply turn down the suggestions recommended by this app.
Once you dislike multiple stories from same source, it apparently gets registered in the background. This means you will see very few or no stories from that particular media house next time.
It’s an excellent way to keep unrelated news articles away from your Spotlight feed. Again, this option is limited to the official news app users only.
Apple News is designed in such a way that you will see news updates from specific region i.e your home place.
For people travelling to other countries, you might want to change your news options according to the new place. This can be done with the help of location settings.
That’s right! Apple allows you to change your location, language, time and date settings on iPhone as well as other iOS devices. You just have to choose these options as per your requirement.
Steps to change language and region settings on iPhone –
- Open the Settings app from Home menu.
- Go to General section and tap on the Language & Region option.
- Tap on Other Languages option and set your preferred language from the list displayed on your screen.
- Wait for the device to make changes as per your request.
- Now, change the location using Region settings.
- Select the place from your list and tap on the Done link.
These steps should help in changing the desired settings on your iPhone.
Now that you’ve successfully changed the settings, you can open the news app and check for latest updates. All these stories will be related to your new location and language.
Since Spotlight Suggestions uses Siri’s intelligence in its data processing, you can make use of it to populate the news feed with your favorite stories.
How does it work?
Siri keeps track of the websites you visit on Safari browser. So, this information is collectively used to display related stories in the news feed.
Go ahead and try visiting some websites on one or two similar topics. You will probably see how Spotlight stories are influenced by your activity on Apple’s web browser.
It might not work perfectly, but you’ll be able to make some difference to the kind of stories you receive on iPhone.
Install Interest-based News Apps
Similar to above behavioral data processing, the Spotlight Suggestions seem to be using apps data to display specific news on your screen.
Although it’s not confirmed by official sources, you should definitely install interest-based news apps to get more personalized news for yourself. Sometimes, it does work well and you will see 1-2 stories from one of the top news sources of your interest.
This is a cool way to change news feed on iPhone. So, do give it a try! If you don’t like it, you can always uninstall all unwanted apps from your device.
Some of you might have been subscribed to one of your favorite news websites or media houses.
Use this paid subscription in Apple news and get your stories served directly inside the app as well as news feed. This is another good indication or signal for news app to change regular top sources and replace them with some of your favorite sources or topics.
That’s it for now!
Do you know any other trick to change news feed on iPhone? Share with us in the comments section below.