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Web Stories on Google

Web Stories are a visually rich, full-screen content format for the web, which allow you to tap or swipe through stories. To consume content, you can tap or swipe through Web Stories.

Google supports Web Stories, so you might find them across Google Search and Discover.

How to interact with Web Stories

When you’re on a Web Story, you can navigate between pages, pause the story, or go to a new story with a swipe.

  • Navigate between pages:
    • To go forward: Tap the right side of the screen.
    • To go back: Tap the left side of the screen.
  • Pause a story: Press and hold anywhere on the screen.
  • Switch between stories:
    • To go to the next story: Swipe left.
    • To go to the previous story: Swipe right.
  • Share a story:
    • On your Android phone or tablet: At the bottom, tap Share Share.
    • On your iPhone or iPad: At the bottom, tap Share Share.

How Web Stories technically work on Google

To make Web Stories pages open faster, Google saves them in the Google cache. When you open a Web Stories page from a Google property, Google sends the cached page to you.

When you use the Google Web Stories Player:

  • Google and the publishers & creators who create Web Stories pages sometimes collect data about you.
  • Data that publishers collect when you visit their Web Stories page is the same data collected on their original website.
  • Publishers may use cookies on their pages. To unlink your activity, you can delete your publisher and Google cookies. Learn how to clear your cache and cookies.

Google’s privacy policy governs data collected by Google. The publisher's privacy policy governs data collected by the publisher.

Publishers can create Web Stories that contain interactive experiences like quizzes or polls. The publisher can integrate these experiences with a backend service to collect user responses.

Google offers publishers a backend service in accordance with Google’s API terms of service to make it easier for them to create interactive Stories. Web Stories that use Google’s services might store your responses so the Story can display how users respond.

Your individual response is not associated with your Google Account, but is stored for up to one year on Google’s servers. The Story’s publisher can access your response. Google’s Terms of Service and privacy policy apply.

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