Do you miss the dismissable cards in the Google Now feed? Here's how to get them back

Do you miss the dismissable cards in the Google Now feed? Here's how to get them back
The latest major redesign of the Google Now feed caused an essential user-favorite feature to get snubbed in favor of a more appealing aesthetic for the feed. Yes, the new looks of the informative feed look great, but they no longer allow you to swipe and dismiss the cards of all the stories you're no longer interested in. You still can dismiss stories, but this involves interacting with a dreaded three-dot menu...

That's a sad state of affairs for all fans of the informative Google Feed that aims to cater to all of your interests. Fortunately, there is a way to bring back the beloved functionality back. 

The method we have in mind involves the use of the arguably best Android launcher out there, Nova Launcher, which by right should probably be featured on any future Android device out of the box - it's customizable, it's lightweight, and it does its job just right, but we digress. 

Anyway, here goes. While the stock version of Nova Launcher actually doesn't support the Google Now feed, an official companion addon developed by the app's developer allows you to get it as a leftmost homescreen. And guess what: it's a bit outdated and doesn't come with the redesigned interface in tow and still allows you to swipe and dismiss your stories. Sadly, you no longer get the beautiful looks of the new feed, but at least you get the useful feature back.

So, you can download Nova Launcher here and the Google Now companion APK right here. The latter should pop up in the Integrations menu within Nova's settings. Note that Nova Prime is not required, which is nice.

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8 Comments

1. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Do not miss them, but having the option of getting them back is nifty.

2. torr310

Posts: 1609; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Having to click on the 3-dot to dismiss the cards is inconvenient!

3. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I removed Google Now after they removed the gesture. Who thought it was a good idea?

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

google is confused by like 70% of the stuff they put out

4. jrhAR

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

In Nova, under Integrations, you can also configure Google Now to be revealed by swiping in from the edge of any home screen. So, it doesn’t have to just be the leftmost screen.

6. THGhost

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Just tried this and unfortunately it no longer works.

7. therealscottyboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 18, 2018

This used to work but not anymore. I think the latest update from Google has finally forced the dreaded 3 dots for everyone now :(

8. simba

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2018

You're a life saver!

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