How to Take Control of Apple News Alerts in iOS 11

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    Apple News is the built-in news app for iOS 11 that aggregates and curates stories and topics from a variety of third-party news sources. The service is only available in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K. at the time of writing, so not all new iPhones and iPads will come with the stock app installed.

    Apple News aims to offer a cleanly presented and personalized news service that caters to your tastes and interests, although one of its default behaviors is to spit out alerts from sources that you may or may not be interested in. Apple News refers to news sources in the app as "channels", and here we are going to run through two ways to control the alerts you receive from them.


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    Article Link: How to Take Control of Apple News Alerts in iOS 11
     
  2. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a

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    Let’s start a petition to have Apple news in Canada
     
  3. HiRez macrumors 603

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    The problem with almost any app that has notifications is they they can’t seem to help themselves from abusing it by sending you a never-ending stream of alerts that swamps your lock screen and notification list.

    So for News, like just about everything else for me, Off is the only sane option.
     
  4. twinlight macrumors 6502

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    Oh it’s installed but hidden. I have News as a widget but no app. If I change regions it will reveal itself.
     
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    I just want to know how to remove completely some of the sources for 'news'. Like I have some of the worst sources popup for science and tech news, and also want to block often wrong Fox News so I don't see their 'reportage' hit pieces anymore.

    Resolved: You have to go into one of their articles, touch 'share', and then can 'dislike channel'. Seems a lot less intuitive than just swiping right (or left?) and clicking 'dislike channel'. But I'm finally free of their bullhockey 'news'.:D
     
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    Step 1. Live in the US
    Step 2. There is no step 2 because most iPhone and iPad users can’t get the app.

    I don’t get how a news app that’s essentially a news aggregator for other sites’ content isn’t available everywhere. I can get all of the content available on Apple News on their individual sites yet, can’t get Apple News in Canada. This makes no sense.
     
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    Strangely, I have no bell next to Macrumors for me to turn on
     

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    I'm on the verge of turning notifications off as I now get news alerts for things like a paper boy falling off his bike and cutting his knee. Far too many.....
     
  10. blacktape242 macrumors 65816

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    the best way to take control of apple's new app is to delete it.
     
  11. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

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    Dittos. The bias shown in their curation and need to editorialize is shameful.
     
  12. RowellE macrumors regular

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    Thank you so much for this info! I started getting news alerts out of nowhere a couple days ago and thought I might have enabled it by accident. Glad to now have turned off those alerts with instructions from this post.

    Thanks, again!
     
  13. RudySnow macrumors regular

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    It takes a little bit of time and work to customize your news feeds and notifications, but after being a staunch defender of Flipboard for so long, I finally found the love for the News app.

    Oh, and to PinkyMacGodess [sic], I blocked MSNBC, CNN, and all the other Alex Jones-esque fake news sources to become a more educated and informed reader, so there. :D
     
  14. thatguysuraj macrumors newbie

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    I will back this petition with you good sir!
     
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    How is it biased??? I see news stories from CNN, FOX with almost a perfect split.

    This is like when people complain about recommendations in Apple Music. The curation is only as good as you make it based on reading habits and likes/dislikes.
     
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    I deleted Apple News. Yes it was fun at first and when a story is properly compatible with the app it looks great BUT the algorithm for deciding which stories you do and don't want to see just doesn't work. No matter how many times I blocked a story on Politics or Brexit it just kept showing me them.

    Wouldn't it be great to have keyword blocking so any article headline with "Brexit" in it would just be ignored?
     
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    I deleted Apple News because it was so confusing to use it was doing my head in.
     
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    why? it's a very good app for news.
     
  20. RudySnow macrumors regular

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    People have the attention span of gnats anymore. It takes some time to build the curation that one would want for a positive experience for them. For a lot of people, if they don’t bother to take that time, they just delete the app and then run to MacRumors to gripe about how awful the app is. Not just Apple News—someone mentioned Apple Music/iTunes earlier and elsewhere. I truly believe most people would keep and regularly check Apple News if they set it up to their liking, which means getting to know and understand how the app works.
     
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    I found it terrible, but to each their own.
     
  22. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601

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    It requires some participation from the user. I've got quite an eclectic mix of sources, and am generally pretty happy with it. It's what you put into it...
     
  23. Spendlove macrumors 6502

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    Not strictly true. I kept blocking story after story after story after story about Brexit for MONTHS yet Apple News thinks it is something I want to read.

    Just simply rubbish. Therefore... deleted.

    Like I said before, it looks great, but if it keeps pushing content I don't want to see, then I am not going to use it.
     

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