News app for Mac: The Ultimate guide

Beginning with macOS Mojave, the News app has been available, not only on iPhone and iPad, but also Mac. It's almost identical to the version found on iOS, with a few quirks unique to the Mac. But your saved stories, favorite channels, and reading history all sync between your devices.

Here's your guide to the News app on the Mac and what you need to know about it.

What's new in the News app?

Apple is always tweaking, adjusting, and redesigning their software and the News app is no exception. As the app changes, we report on what's new.

What's new in the News app

How to get started with the News app for Mac

The first time you open the News app, all you need to do to get started is click Continue. If you've used News on your iPhone or iPad before, and haven't turned off iCloud syncing, your favorite channels and topics should soon populate the sidebar of the News app on Mac.

If you haven't used the news app, you're going to need to start following channels.

How to follow a channel or topic

  1. Open News on your Mac.
  2. Click the Search bar and search for your channel or topic you want to follow.

    Open News, click search bar

  3. Click the heart icon next to the channel or topic.

    Click Heart

How to unfollow a channel or topic

  1. Click on the channel or topic you want to unfollow.
  2. Click File in the menubar. There should be a checkmark next to Follow Channel.

    Click Channel/topic, click File

  3. Click Follow Channel so the checkmark disappears. You'll no longer be following the channel.

    Click Follow Channel

How to block a channel or topic

  1. Click on a story from the channel or topic you wish to block or select that channel or topic from the sidebar if you've previously followed it.
  2. Click File in the menubar.

    Click on a story, click File

  3. Click Block Channel.

    Click Block Channel

How to manage notifications in the News app

  1. Open News from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click File in the Menu bar.

    Open News, click File

  3. Click Manage Notifications.
  4. Click on the switches to the green 'on' position for those publications from which you'd like to receive notifications. Click switches to the white/gray 'off' position if you want to turn notifications off.

    Click Manage Notifications, turn on notifications

How to read articles in the News app

  1. Open News from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click on a channel or topic.

    Open News, Click channel or topic

  3. Click on a story.

    Click story

How to save an article in the News app

  1. Click File while reading an article.
  2. Click Save Story.

    Click File, click Save Story

How to like and share articles in the News app

  1. Click the heart button while reading an article to like it. Click the heart with a slash through it to dislike.
  2. Click the Share button for sharing options.

    Click heart, click Share

  3. Choose one of the available options for sharing the article or sending it to another app.

    Click sharing option

How to view your reading history in the News app

  1. Open News on your Mac.
  2. Scroll down the sidebar and click History.

    Open News, click History

  3. Click on a story to open it.

    Click on story

How to clear your reading history in the News app

  1. Open News on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and click History.

    Open News, click History

  3. Click Clear in the upper-right corner of the app.
  4. Click Clear History, Clear Recommendations, or Clear All. Clearing recommendations will delete the recommendations that Apple News has made for you based on your reading history, clearing your history will delete your reading history, and Clear All will delete both.

    Click Clear, click Clear History, Clear Recommendations, or Clear All

How to restrict stories in Today in the News app

  1. Open News from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click News in the Menu bar.

    Open News, Click News

  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Restrict stories in Today.

    Click Preferences, click checkbox

Questions about the News app?

If you have any more questions about how to use the News app on iOS, let us know and we'll work to answer them.

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