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Make Google Now more useful with a few taps on the screen

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Customize Google Now by tapping on the three dot overflow menu

Customize Google Now by tapping on the three dot overflow menu

Tired of seeing news that you're not interested in pop up time and time again from Google Now? Well, the personal voice activated personal assistant is about to become more useful. Instead of telling Google what you are interested in, you can now tell Google what you're NOT interested in. If you see news from Google Now on your Android device that makes you want to hurl (for example, news about a certain presidential candidate), click on the 3-dot overflow menu and tap on "Not interested in  ____." Fill in the blank and that should prevent news that doesn't interest you from reaching your eyes.

Besides eliminating stories about a particular topic, you can stop Google Now from sending you any stories at all in the future. You can also tell Google Now when you're done with a particular story, or ask to customize the feature. All of those options are yours when you click on the three dot overflow menu from any story.

It's easy to miss certain things when you're setting up your Android handset, and one of them is setting up Google Now just the way you want it. But now you know how easy it is to make the feature more useful to you.

source: AndroidAuthority

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posted on 20 Mar 2016, 05:32 2

1. aasifmaqsood (Posts: 27; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


i have disabled google app in my phone..

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 13:20 1

7. joevsyou (Posts: 693; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


what a shame

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 22:32

10. sgodsell (Posts: 3323; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Disabling Googles app also disables Google Now. I use and need Google Now.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 05:36 1

2. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


This is just some crazy AI tech. Wow!

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 09:38

5. jonathonpower7 (Posts: 45; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


How to enable Commute Sharing in Google Now

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 05:48

3. arenanew (Posts: 279; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


boring and f**k usless google

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 08:54

4. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Nice option to customize what you get, but I think I agree with the others about the overall usefulness of GN. I don't remember what I did, but I don't get any GN notifications, and I turn off notifications from most other programs too. If I want to know something that's not an emergency, I'll go look for it.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 10:46 2

6. Jason78 (Posts: 237; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


I used to think Google Now was useless and disabled it do to the drain on battery life. However, when I got my Nexus 6 and battery life wasn't an issue I left it active and found that overall I like it.

One of the best features for me is the commute alert. Google Now has saved me countless times buy letting me know my normal route has huge delays. Better to find that out before I leave work than when traffic comes to a stop and a I don't have another option.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 13:21

8. joevsyou (Posts: 693; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


i find it does a good job at know what i like, hardly ever see anything that i am not interested in

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 17:39

9. sissy246 (Posts: 685; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Love it

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:45

11. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2283; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I just use the awesome voice search, not interested in a 24/7 spyware assistant. Fortunately that's an option offered by Google, unlike microsoft that wants to spy on you activity 24/7 just for you to use voice search in Cortana.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:03

12. niteiknight (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


How do I get it to stop showing me Fox News articles?

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