In a world full of articles and stories, it can be difficult to find things that are really interesting youAs the name implies, Google Discover is a solution to this problem, and you probably already have it.
A Brief History of Google Discover
Google Now can show you boarding passes, upcoming sporting events, calendar events, tracking numbers and much more. Slowly, Google removed the product and moved many of these features to Google Assistant’s ‘Snapshot’.
In the end, it was shortened to mostly articles from the web and simply referred to as the ‘Google Feed’. In 2018, Google officially announced a new name and started looking for it, and that’s the Google Discover we have today.
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What is Google Discover for?
The purpose of Google Discover is given away by its name. It aims to help you discover content from the Internet that is related to your interests. Everyone’s Google Discover feed is customized according to their preferences.
You don’t have to visit a rotation of websites or manage your own RSS feeds. Google does the work for you, collecting stories from the internet that it thinks you will be interested in. All you have to do is open the Google app and you have a variety of content to enjoy.
Speaking of the app, as of this writing, Google Discover is a mobile experience only. You can use it on an iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet. It is also not available on Google’s mobile site. Only the Google app available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store has it.
How does Google Discover know what I like?
Google Discover is personalized for you, but how exactly does that work? First and foremost, Google uses the information you have already provided. That can be web activity, YouTube history, searches and more.
But more important than all that is how you Personalize Discover. Think of the Discover feed as an algorithm. It’s only as good as the information it has, so the more you help it, the better it gets.
At first you may find things you don’t care about. Just because you’ve searched for a Detroit Pistons score once doesn’t mean you’re a super fan who needs to know everything about the team. If you tell Google you’re not interested in that, it gets better.
How to personalize Google Discover
Personalizing Google Discover is all about taking action against content as you see it. Stories are presented in the feed as cards, and these cards contain fine-tuning controls.
For example, here’s a map about one Star Wars show. Tapping the menu button will bring up some options. In this example, the topic that Google thinks I’m interested in is “Disney +.” I can tell Google I’m not interested in that or I can ‘follow’ the topic for even more information about it.
Plus, I can tap the control button and tell Google I’d like to see ‘More’ or ‘Less’ of this topic in my feed.
That’s the basics of personalizing the Discover feed, but there’s more you can do with it. We’ve created guides for using Discover on an iPhone or iPad and Android devices.
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Simply put, Google Discover is your own personalized and curated feed of content from the web. If you’re always looking for something interesting to read or watch, this can be a great resource to use. And the key is to let it get better over time.