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Apple News is very powerful and can show you more of what you want to see and less of what you don’t if you train it properly. Here’s how to do it.
Apple News is an aggregator. What that practically means is that Apple doesn’t write its own news, and instead curates your feed based on what it knows about you to show you what it thinks you want to see.
The truth of the matter is, from the beginning, Apple doesn’t know that much about you. To get that custom feed, you need to put in some work to make that happen.
That work starts with just reading stories on the service often enough. It doesn’t end there, though.
Apple News has a wide range of news stories pulled from the publications and news outlets that support the service. That includes the likes of New York Magazine, Reuters, and The Washington Post. It also supports local news outlets, too.
“Using it” includes interacting with the app by telling it what you like and dislike. Just reading the news articles will help News shape your experience lightly, but you can focus it further and more effectively with a little extra input.
How to customize Apple News by telling it what to suggest to you
When you open a story, you’ll see an icon at the top of the article that shows an image for “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” Tapping that will open a pop-up that allows you to choose “Suggest More” or “Suggest Less,” just like Apple Books and similar to Apple Music.
You can also rate a story without opening it or reading it if you want, by tapping the ellipses icon, which will pop up the same drop-down menu that has the “Suggest More” or “Suggest Less” options.
Similarly, you can also inform Apple News which outlets you prefer by following them, which will lead the service to suggest similar outlets. Or you can block a news channel if you don’t want to see it pop up in your…