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Test major changes to your publication

You can create or use an existing content section to test major changes to your publication. A test section lets you preview and interact with it in the same way as readers. To avoid interfering with the user experience, you can make this section visible to the publication’s managers only.

Test your major changes

  1. Open Publisher Center.

  2. Create a content section with a feed or web location.

  3. Navigate to the "Review & Publish" tab.

  4. Follow your publication.

  5. On your Android or iOS device, install the Google News app for Android or iOS.

  6. Sign in to the Google News app with the same info you used to create the publication.

  7. Open Google News.

  8. To find your publication, tap Favorites and then Sources.

  9. If you can’t find your section, on your device, turn on Designer Mode.

Important: If your publication doesn’t sync Google News when you tap Menu More, tap Refresh.


Do it now in the Publisher Center


When you're satisfied with your test section, you can begin the process of publishing and distributing this content to your readers.

Enable Designer Mode on your Device

Important: The Google News app operates much slower in Designer Mode. Designer Mode automatically deactivates after 4 hours.

To test changes to your publication, such as CSS overrides, ad implementations, unpublished publications, or manager-only sections, you can turn on Designer Mode on your Android phone or tablet.

To turn on Designer Mode on Android:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google News.

  2. At the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then Help & feedback.

  3. Tap More More  and then Build info.

  1. Repeatedly tap Build info. Then, you’ll get the message "You’re now a developer!"

  2. At the top left, tap Back and then your Profile picture or initial and then News settings.

  3. Under “Developer options,” turn on Designer Mode.

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