Before you familiarise yourself with the steps to turn off Google Discover, you must know what exactly is it. Well, it is a feature by Google and it offers you very helpful information, especially those that are trending worldwide. It does so with the help of the Google App and you too can access it by means of a left swipe on your home screen.
Google app is filled with a variety of news and stories that you can know more about with the help of the Google search app. In addition, the Google Discover feed comes with an added feature that allows you to customise it the way you want.
This way you can include everything that you are most interested about. For those who are news junkies, this app is their ultimate stop to come across everything around the world that is making the headlines. And yet for others, this app may not be that helpful and actually (if I were to stretch it a little) just plain annoying. If you belong to the latter category, you have come to the right place as I am about to share with you, how you turn off Google Discover and not be disturbed anymore.
For those who are interested, you can turn off Google Discover using any of the two methods discussed below. One of them is “from the Home Screen” and the other is “through the Google App”.
How to turn off Google Discover from the Home screen
The most common technique people usually employ in order to turn off Google Discover is from the home screen of your smartphone. Once you follow this method to turn off Google Discover, the app completely shuts down. This means that, you will no longer be able to access the Google app with a slight swipe on the left side of your home screen. If you want to turn off Google Discover by means of this method, you must go through the following steps.
Step 1: To turn off Google Discover, tap your home screen and hold on it as long as a menu does not pop up on your screen. Once that happens, you will see a number on this pop-up menu. You will have to select the option that reads “Home settings” in order to turn off Google Discover.
Step 2: Once you click on the Home settings, you will be directed to a different screen on your smartphone. Here too, you will come across multiple options out of which you will have to select the option that says “Show Google App”. You will a switch like button to its right which indicates that it is still functioning. In order to turn off Google Discover, slide the switch to your left so that switch is turned off. Once you have done this, it means you have disabled the Google Discover option. In other words, you have been able to turn off Google Discover.
Now, the thing to remember while performing this method to turn off Google Discover is that these settings vary from smartphone to smartphone. That is, you will not find these options in the same place in all phones uniformly. Therefore, the best thing that you can in order to quicken the process to turn off Google Discover is by going to the actual settings option in your smartphone, locating the home settings option from there and then turning off the Google discover as discussed in the previous two steps.
Once you follow this method to turn off Google Discover, the Discover feed will completely vanish from your smartphone and you will no longer be able to access them again. Some may be content with that, but others may not want to go to that extreme. If you want to turn off Google Discover and yet not disable the app completely, you should continue reading as the next method tells you exactly how to do that.
How to turn off Google Discover with the help of the Google app
The previously discussed method can completely disable the Google Discover feature from your smartphone. However, if you do not want that to happen, then you should follow the steps that I am about to mention in order to turn off Google Discover. The advantage of this method is that it does not completely disable the Google app. Instead, the Google Discover stories get disabled and you will not be receiving regular updates any more. At the same time, you can still use the Google search option by a simple swipe to the left on your smartphone.
Step 1: To turn off Google Discover, take your Android phone and open the Google app. You can also swipe the home screen of your smartphone to the left in order to access the same.
Step 2: Once you have opened up the Google home page, scroll down to the bottom right side of the screen. You will see an option that reads “More”. You will have to click on that option which will take you to another option that reads “Settings”.
Step 3: Once you have opened up the Settings home page, you will come across a list of options there as well. From this list you will have to select the option that says “General” in order to turn off Google Discover.
Step 4: From there you will be directed to the “Discover” option where once again you will find a switch like button to its right which indicates that it is still functioning. In order to turn off Google Discover, slide the switch to your left so that switch is turned off.
Once you have turned off the switch, this new setup will no longer enable the stories, or cards and most importantly any advertisement to appear on the Google app of your smartphone. However, the left swiping will still remain valid and you can still conduct normal Google search operations, even though you have managed to turn off Google Discover.
Of course, you can now use other apps like Google Chrome to check the news and discover stories.