How to Block or Hide a News Source in News App on iPhone or iPad

Dec 20, 2016 - 17 Comments

Apple News

The News app on iPhone and iPad includes a large number of publications, some of which you may be interested in, and likely some that you have less interest in reading, or maybe even some news you don’t want to see at all.

Fortunately it’s really easy to adjust the News app in iOS to block or hide a news source, so if you’re tired of seeing stories from a particular outlet or a trashy tabloid source you can hide them and clean up your News app feed a bit. This offers a simple way to customize the News app to better suit your preferences, and to hide all stories and publications from media outlets you either aren’t interested in or just don’t like.

How to Hide a News Source in Apple News in iOS

To hide all stories or posts from a news channel or news source in the News app on the iPhone or iPad, you must dislike or hide the news channel itself. This is easy, here’s how it works:

  1. Open the “News” app and go to either For You, Explore, or Search
  2. Locate the news source you want to hide or block
  3. Tap on the little sharing icon for the specific article / source, it looks like a box with an arrow flying out of the top of it
  4. Hide a news source in Apple News

  5. Scroll through the options and choose “Mute Channel” (or “Dislike Channel”)
  6. Mute a news source in Apple News to hide and block that news source from showing in feed

  7. Repeat with other news sources you want to hide and remove as needed

Whether or not you can “Dislike Channel” or “Mute Channel” in News app depends on which version of iOS you have installed on the iPad or iPhone. However it is worded, you can hide stories from any News channel this way.

This offers a way to clean up and adjust the Apple News curated feed a bit to better suit your preferences, and it makes it easy to hide some of the junkier sources found in News.

The Apple News app is sort of embedded throughout iOS now, showing up on your iOS widget lock screen, Spotlight search, and the prominent out you can also remove News headlines from the Spotlight search screen in iOS or just delete the News app completely now that you can easily remove default apps on an iPhone or iPad.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Kirby Elizabeth Manning says:

    I want OAN News not all the garbage from the other news stations like MSN, NBC, CBS. Huff Post and the rest of them I’m over the News Commentators and Hollywood’s opinion.

  2. Joe Gideon says:

    Block Fox News? Truth getting Un-BEAR- able? If you’re into killing babies, prioritizing criminals over citizens and generally blaming your self-imposed miserable failure of a life on everyone but you, you NEED Fox News- FAIR & Balanced!

  3. Steve Livingston says:

    I guess I feel the same way about the Huff Post that David does above about Fox. I want the “middle” back! Today its all one sided, (mostly) left or right. Any suggestions – Wishful thinking I know.

    • Gina Corrazon says:

      The solution is to simply not read or watch the “news” which is mostly trash outrage, gossip, and nonsense. How many “news” stories have you read that have impacted your life in the past year or two? Unless it’s about the weather, the answer is probably zero.

      The middle is the majority, but nothing serves them. Why would it? Polarization and absurdity reigns supreme and keeps people distracted.

      The outrage and nonsense is designed to get eyeballs, not to inform. It’s all mental pollution and Apple News is full of it.

  4. David says:

    Fox does not follow any journalistic standards. It’s crazy Apple includes it in an attempt to appease the red hats.

    • Sedgwick Von Warner says:

      There are plenty of dubious sources on Apple News, and so much opinion that it’s not a “news” source at all it’s basically an endless stream of op-ed and gossip. I mean there is no way that any of this stuff is a valid source of actual news or information you want to consume. The type of stuff you see on Apple NEWS is PEOPLE Magazine, Cosmo, TEEN VOGUE, Slate, Vox, the awful modern New York Times which has turned head-on into identity politics nonsense, it’s just not a valid source of information or news.

  5. Maggie says:

    This doesn’t work. The only similar option I’m given when I click that box with the up arrow, is Dislike Story. I’m tempted to delete the app as others here have done.

  6. JA McCarthy says:

    Tried to make small donation, but after entering all info THEN privacy & terms & conditions were offered. No thanks–but my little $$ had already hit my account. Now I get this diarrhea dribble of young guys with gender anxiety. Time to delete what brief exposure to The Guardian seemed desirable, but not, & herein share the learning to save other trusting souls.

  7. Mmkay says:

    same here. Disliked the fake news channel and now it’s all I see.

    Installed dedicated news feeds from reliable sources instead. Widget no more.

  8. Nick says:

    Agree with earlier topic. Tried to remove The Sun from my newsfeed as it is crap written by so called journalists who would be better suited to using crayons. Ligand behold it now appears at the top of my newsfeed. App now deleted completely

  9. Dave J says:

    You can no longer remove any news source from Apple news. In fact, any news agency you dislike will automatically appear first. The only possible way to stop being forced to read the articles you hate the most is to delete the News app completely, which is what I did.

  10. Ken says:

    So I muted CNN and VOX each time I open the news feed CNN and VOX still are showing? I made sure to close the app completely. Do I need to reboot?

  11. Matias47 says:

    But what do you do when a new did channel still shows up in the feed?

    I muted a channel and yet it still shows up in the stories for you widget. When I tap on it and hit the share button there is no like, dislike, or mute channel that comes up.

  12. John says:

    Deleted the News app all together. Too much news about the woman abusing orange troll king.

  13. J-L says:

    Is this “News” app country specific? I live in South Africa and the app is not on my iPhone (iOS 10.2) nor on the App Store.

    • Evgeny says:

      Coorect. It is not available in Russia too. AFAIK the app is already installed in your iPhone, but sits invisible. Do get it appeared, you have to change region in your settings

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