Stop following a location in Google News

Have you found that another city has taken over your default local listing in the Google News app? If this is the case, you can solve this problem as follows.

Stop following a location in Google News
Have you found that another city has taken over your default local listing in the Google News app? If this is the case, you can solve this problem as follows.

I’m a news junkie; I devour news all day long. One way to get my news is via the Google News app on Android. It is easy to use, quick to load the latest stories and easy to adjust.

With one exception.

For whatever reason, a city that I had nothing to do with was connected to my local news story section. After a while (again, for reasons I cannot understand), that other city somehow became my standard. That meant that every time I wanted to look at my local news, I had to navigate to it manually, instead of it appearing as standard.

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Although it was not a dealbreaker, this behavior was incredibly annoying. To make matters worse, it took me a while to figure out how to remove that other city.

Fortunately, I managed to figure out how to unfollow a location in Google News. Let me show you how this is done.

What you need

The only things you need to make this work are:

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How to unfollow a city

Open the Google News app. Scroll down until you see the Your local news section (Figure A).

Figure A

The Local section in the Google News app.

Follow these steps to follow the city:

  1. Tap Your local news.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper right corner.
  3. Tap Manage.
  4. Tap the menu button that corresponds to the city that you want to stay.
  5. Tap Set as primary (Figure B).
  6. Tap the menu button associated with the city that you no longer want to see in the News app.
  7. Tap Stop following this location. (Figure C).

Figure B

Set a new city as the primary.

Figure C

Follow a rogue city.

And that’s all there is to finally throw a city away from the local part of the Google News app. It is certainly not something that will make or break your experience, but it can mitigate some minor frustrations with the platform.

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