Ever since Apple launched the news subscription service, “Apple News” has been getting plenty of traction. Keeping aside criticism related to performance and interface, the app does seem to be a reasonably good platform for both news junkies and the lover of magazines.
Having given the News+ a long spin and explored everything the app has to offer, I’m all set to share the complete guide on how you can use the Apple News app on iOS device. So, if you would like to customize the app in line with your reading taste, this hands-on guide will take you through. Let’s get going!
Apple News App for iOS: Ultimate Guide to Get the Most Out of the News App
- How to Manage Apple News Channels, Topics and Stories
- How to Clear Apple News History
- How to Manage Apple News Notifications
- How to Save Stories in Apple News
- How to Access Saved Stories in Apple News app
- How to Follow/Love A Channel or Topic in Apple News
- How to Dislike An Article in Apple News
- How to Block A Channel or Topic in Apple News
- How to Unblock Channels and Topics in Apple News
- How to Restrict Stories in Today in Apple News
- How to Stop Apple News App from Using Mobile Data
- How to Disable Siri Suggestions for an Apple News App
- Stop Siri from Suggesting Stories, Channels, and Topics in Apple News
- How to Follow Apple News+ Magazines
- How to Keep Track Of Apple News Plus Magazines
- How to Download Apple News Magazines
- Use Siri Shortcuts With Apple News
Manage Apple News Channels, Topics and Stories
The news app offers an easy option to manage all the channels, topics and stories. So, depending on what suits your interest, you can customize the sidebar to quickly dive into the specific ones and also unfollow the ones that are not needed.
Step #1. Open News app on your iOS device and then hit the Following tab at the bottom right.
Note: On your iPad, you need to tap on the Sidebar icon to access the channels and topics that you follow.
Step #2. Now, tap on Edit.
Step #3. Next, a red button will show up next to all the topics and channels. You can ideally rearrange them and even remove the ones that are no longer important to you.
Rearrange Apple News Channels:
To perfectly organize channels, simply touch and hold the hamburger button and then drag it at the top, bottom or at the preferred place. Tap on Done to finish.
You can just swipe left from right on an individual channel and hit the Remove button to unfollow it. Alternately, tap on the Edit button → tap on the red button to the left of any source and then tap on Remove.
How to Clear Apple News History
Managing News history is just as straightforward. You can choose to wipe out individual history or clean up everything at one go.
Step #1. Open News app and then either tap on the Following tab or hit the sidebar button .
Step #2. Next, tap on History (looks like a clock) at the bottom.
Step #3. Next up, you have multiple options:
Clear Individual Apple News History:
Simply swipe left from right on a specific story to reveal a menu. Then, hit the Delete button to clear it away.
Clear History and Recommendations
If you want to clean up history and recommendations at once, tap on Clear at the top right. Now, you have three options:
- Clear History: Will delete only history
- Clear Recommendations: To wipe out only recommendations
- Clear All: To clean up both
You can choose any options as per need.
How to Manage Apple News Notifications
If not managed perfectly, random notifications can really take away the peace from your device. So, make sure to take control of them.
Step #1. Open News app on your device. Then, tap on the Following tab or the sidebar button.
Step #2. Now, you have to scroll to the bottom and tap on Manage Notifications.
Step #3. Next up, you can allow/disallow channels to send notifications by turning the switch OFF/ON. In the end, tap on Done to confirm the change.
How to Save Stories in Apple News
While browsing through articles, if you come across something really interesting, you have the option to save it to catch up with the story later.
Step #1. Open Apple News app on your iOS device and then head over to the article you wish to save.
Step #2. Now, tap on the Share button and hit Save in the share sheet.
How to Access Saved Stories in Apple News app
You can also take control of all of your saved stories and get rid of the ones that are useless.
Step #1. Launch News app on your device and then tap on the Following tab or the sidebar button.
Step #2. Now, you need to scroll down to the bottom and hit Saved Stories.
Step #3. Now, you will see all of your bookmarked articles.
You can swipe left from right on the specific article and then tap on Unsave in the menu to remove it from the saved list.
How to Follow/Love A Channel or Topic
Following a channel is pretty simple as the Love button appears at several places. Just tap on it and you are done.
Besides, you can tap on the share button when an article is open. And then, hit the Love Story icon in the share sheet.
You will also head into the following tab → scroll down to the Suggested By Siri section and then Love the topic you wish to read more.
How to Dislike An Article
If you don’t find an article useful, you can dislike it. The app will show you fewer articles like that. Again, the dislike button shows up at many places, so it’s quite easy to do so. Besides, you can tap on the Share button and then hit Dislike Story in the share sheet.
How to Block A Channel or Topic
If you no longer want to read stories from a channel, you can choose to block it. The app lets you do it in multiple ways.
Step #1. Open News app and head into the following tab or sidebar.
Step #2. Now, tap on the channel and then hit the heart icon with an arrow at the top right. Next, tap on Block in the popup to confirm.
Alternately, when you are reading an article, tap on the Share button and choose Block Channel in the share sheet.
On your 3D Touch supported iPhone, you can touch and hold on an article and then swipe up. Next, tap on Block Channel in the menu and confirm.
How to Unblock Channels and Topics
The app lets you manage the blocked channels with ease. So, if you ever want to unblock any of them, you can do so without any hassle.
Step #1. Open News app and then tap on the sidebar button/Following tab to access sidebar.
Step #2. Now, scroll down in the sidebar and tap on Blocked Channels & Topics.
Step #3. Next, tap on the red button to the left of the channel you wish to unblock and hit Remove. In the end, tap on Done to finish.
How to Restrict Stories in Today
There is an option to restrict the Today section to show only the stories from the channels you follow. If you wish to keep Today cluttered free, this is the way to go.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your device.
Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on News.
Step #3. Next, turn on the switch next to Restrict Stories in Today. Later, if you decide against it, come back to the same setting and then turn off this switch.
Stop Apple News App from Using Mobile Data
If you are on limited bandwidth, you will want to prevent the news app from draining your cellular data. There is an option to prevent the app from using your data.
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device.
Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on News.
Step #3. Turn off the switch next to Cellular Data.
Disable Siri Suggestions for an Apple News App to Appear in Search and Lock Screen
Based on how you use the News app, Siri offers suggestions. If you don’t want the virtual assistant to offer suggestions in Search, Look Up, Keyboard and Lock Screen, you can stop it.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your device → scroll down and tap on News.
Step #2. Now, tap on Siri & Search.
Step #3. Turn off the switches next to Siri & Suggestions.
Stop Siri from Suggesting Stories, Channels and Topics Based Safari and App Usage in Apple News
Siri keeps a tab on your Safari and app usage and offers suggestions in the News app accordingly. While I find it very helpful, some of you might want to prevent the virtual assistant from doing so for any personal reason.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your device → now, tap on News.
Step #2. Next, tap on Siri & Suggestions.
Step #3. Finally, turn off the switch for Find Content in Other Apps.
Follow Apple News+ Magazines
Following an Apple News+ magazine is as straightforward as it can ever get. To do it, head over to this guide.
How to Keep Track Of Apple News Plus Magazines
Right now, News Plus supports more than 300 magazines. And the library is expected to grow rapidly. Check out this ever-updating post to keep a track of all of them.
How to Download Apple News Magazines
Downloading magazines in Apple News Plus magazines is pretty simple. Just hit the download icon on the respective magazine in the News+ section and you are done. However, Apple doesn’t offer any option to delete them.
The app automatically downloads the issues of the magazines you follow and they are deleted after 30 days. Just in case, there is a lack of storage on your devices, those automatically downloaded issues will be deleted even before the 30 days.
And the magazines you have manually downloaded remain on your device until the storage is full or needs to be cleaned up. To say the least, it’s rather inconvenient and confusing. And I wish Apple offered a manual control over downloaded content sooner than later.
Use Siri Shortcuts With Apple News
Based on how you use Apple News, Siri suggests tons of shortcuts. And you can take the full advantage of the custom phrases to carry out several things faster and more conveniently. For instance, you will be able to instantly take a peek at all of your saved News stories, check your history and even quickly jump over to the articles of a specific site and more.
To make the most of News’ Siri Shortcuts, head over to this hands-guide.
There you go!
That’s how you can get the most out of the news app and also fine-tune it to suit your needs better. Keep in mind; we’ll keep on updating this hands-on guide to add more tips. So, stay tuned in with us.
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