How Google News stories are selected

Computer algorithms select what you see in Google News, except as noted. The algorithms determine which stories, images and videos show, and in what order.

Google News shows some content in a personalised way. Personalisation can help you see content that interests you more easily and quickly.


  • Some of these features are only available if you're signed in to your Google Account.
  • If you share a paid story, other people may not have full access until they also pay for it.

Chosen by computers

Top news, for everyone

Algorithms pick subjects for these sections by language and region:

  • Full Coverage Full coverage
  • Search results
  • Headline news
    • In your app, Headlines Headlines
    • In your app, 'Headline' stories in your briefing
    • On Google News, 'Headlines' stories in Top stories Top stories

In these sections, people using the same language and region see the same subjects covered.

News personalised for you

Algorithms pick subjects for these sections with personalisation for your settings and past activity on Google:

  • For you For you
  • Topics, sources and locations in Favourites Following
  • All other stories and notifications, except as noted

In these sections, people can see different subjects covered.

Note: Algorithms personalise for your Google News settings, like your interests and sources. They also personalise for your past activity on Google, like in Google Search and YouTube.

Find out how to change settings and see past activity.

Chosen by people

Publishers select the stories inside their publications.

The Google News Merchandising team picks the 'Featured' publications In Newsstand Newsstand.

The Google News Product Experience team can add temporary topics for major events. For example, an election or the Olympics. Algorithms display the top-ranked stories in those topics.

Some Google News topics can include links to relevant Google Search results. For example, in an 'Elections' topic, you could see 'How to register to vote'. The Product Experience team specifies these searches.

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