Google’s news update feature is personalized for your interests, location and more
Here’s what happens when you say “Hey Google, play me the news”…
If you’re a basketball fan and you read a lot of tech news, Google Assistant’s personalized news feature would probably serve up an analysis of the latest NBA games along with cool updates coming out of the tech world.
You’d also get some local news updates (customized for your location of course!) and the lowdown on major national and international stories of the day.
Wondering how Google knows (or at least guesses!) what you’re interested in? It’s based on your Google user history, preferences and location.
To set up your personalized news update, follow these very easy steps:
- Open the Assistant app
- Tap the circle in the upper right corner with your image or initial
- Scroll down and tap “News” (the settings are in alphabetical order!)
- Tap the blue “Change news playlist format” text at the bottom
- Select “Your News Update”
- If you’d like, select any specific news outlets you want to hear from (note that Google will pull from many outlets, so you’ll hear from news outlets even if you don’t select them)
- Tap “Done”
If you’re listening on your Nest speaker or smart display and want to skip to the next segment, say “Hey Google, skip to get to the next update.” On your phone, tap the fast forward button once.
Remember: If you don’t already have access to Google Assistant, download the free Assistant app right now!