How to unfollow a location in Google News

Have you found a different city has taken over as your default Local listing in the Google News app? If so, here's how to fix that problem.

How to unfollow a location in Google News

I'm a news junkie; I devour news throughout the day. One way I get my news is through the Google News app on Android. It's simple to use, fast to load the latest stories, and easy to customize.

With one exception.

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

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Although not a deal breaker, this behavior was incredibly annoying. To make matters worse, it took me some time to figure out how to delete that other city.

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

What you'll need

The only things you'll need to make this work are:

  • An Android device

  • The latest version of Google News

  • A rogue city that has become your default (and you want it changed)

Let's fix this annoying problem.

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.

To unfollow the city, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Your Local News.
  2. Tap the menu button in the upper-right corner.
  3. Tap Manage.
  4. Tap the menu button associated with the city you want to remain.
  5. Tap Set As Primary (Figure B).
  6. Tap the menu button associated with the city you no longer want to see in the News app.
  7. Tap Stop Following This Location. (Figure C).

Figure B


Setting a new city as primary.

Figure C


Unfollowing a rogue city.

And that's all there is to finally jettisoning a city from the Local section of the Google News app. It's certainly not something that'll make or break your experience, but it could ease some minor frustration with the platform.

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Image: Jack Wallen