(Pocket-lint) – Apple’s News app for iOS devices shows a tonne of publications by default, some of which you may hate.
If you’re like us and wish you could mute – or blacklist, so to speak – certain publications, you’ll be glad to know it’s really easy. So, if you’re sick of a news website serving up fake news or a trashy tabloid and its fluff, here’s what you need to do to hide them. It’ll take just two seconds.
We’ve also included steps on how to customise the Apple News app on iPhone or iPad to show you exactly what you want.
How to blacklist sources in Apple News
To hide all stories from a news source in the Apple News app on the iPhone or iPad, you must block the channel itself.
- Open the Apple News app and go to either Today or Search.
- Locate or search for the news source you want to hide/block/blacklist.
- Tap the sharing icon on an article from that news source in the top right corner (it looks like a box with an arrow).
- Scroll through the options and choose ” Block Channel”.
- Repeat steps 1 through 4 with other news sources you want to blacklist.
Note: You can also dislike a story or unfollow a topic or channel to see less news from a specific source or about a specific subject. Continue reading for more information about how this process works.
How to customise your Apple News feed
You can customise the stories that appear in Apple News’ Today section by following or blocking channels and topics, as well as liking or disliking channels or topics.
From the Today tab, you can click on a story and then hit the thumbs up or thumbs down in the bottom left corner. You can also tap on the share icon in the top right corner of a story and select “Suggest More Like This” or “Suggest Less Like This”, as well as “Follow Channel” or “Block Channel”, as above.
If you hit the thumbs down icon on a story, you will see fewer stories like it, while thumbs up will bring you more. It’s a pretty easy system to understand. You simply ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ your way through the app to slowly personalise it to your tastes.
You can also go to the ‘Following’ tab and search for channels, topics, and stories. When you find something you want to follow, tap the “+” icon. If there is a channel or topic you don’t want to see, tap on the the three dots and select “Stop Suggesting” or “Block Channel”.
You can see a list of the channels and topics you are following under the “Channels and Topics” header. To change this list, tap “Edit” in the top right corner and tap on the red circle next to the channel or topic you want to delete. You can also reorder the topics and channels here.
Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.