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How to use Google Now cards: 7 tips for managing what they show you, when and why

Ben Patterson | June 9, 2015
Google Now and its "cards"--those bite-sized alerts, reminders, and personalized recommendations--are so prescient, they're positively spooky. One such card might tell you that today's the birthday of a close friend, while another might point out a news article that it somehow knew you'd want to click.

For Android:

Tap the three-line menu button at the top of the Google Now interface, tap Settings > Now Cards, then flip off the Show notifications for card updates switch.

For iOS:

Tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner of the screen, tap Settings, then toggle the Notifications setting.

7. You can turn off Google Now cards altogether

If all these Now cards are more annoying than they are helpful, you can ask Google Now to deal you out.

For Android:

Tap the three-line menu button again, tap Settings > Now cards, then switch off the Show Cards setting. In the confirmation pop-up, tap Turn Off to deactivate Now cards on the device you're using, or check the box to wipe all your Google Now preferences and stop dealing cards on all your Google handsets.

For iOS:

Tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner of the screen, tap Settings, then flip off the Now switch.

 

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