How to Enable Swipe-to-Dismiss for Google Feed Cards Again

Ben Stegner 29-05-2018

Google Now was a hallmark feature when it first arrived on Android. Having information you care about shown to you without even asking for it was pretty neat, and it only got better over time.


Now, the company has replaced Google Now with the “Google Feed”. It’s part of the Google app, and while it’s essentially the same feature, it has a few differences.

One of these is a lack of swipe-to dismiss, a feature common across Android. Instead of simply swiping away Google Now cards What Is Google Discover? How to Use the Google Feed on Android Here's an explanation of Google Discover, how Google cards work, and how to personalize your feed to make it more useful. Read More  when you’re done with them, you have to tap the three-dot menu on a card and choose Hide this story. But you can restore swipe-to-dismiss with a bit of work (this may not work on every device).

How to Swipe-to-Dismiss Google Feed Cards

  1. First, install Nova Launcher. This is one of the best alternative Android launchers, and while it doesn’t support the Google feed natively, we’ll add it with a separate app.
  2. Set up Nova Launcher as your default home screen by following the prompts after opening it.
  3. Install the Nova Google Companion APK. This is a workaround app that adds the Google Now feed as a leftmost screen in Nova Launcher for easy access. (You’ll need to sideload the app How to Sideload Any File onto Your Android Phone or Tablet You may have come across the term "sideloading" before, but what does it mean? And how can you go about sideloading apps or files? Read More since it’s not from Google Play.)
  4. Once you’ve sideloaded the Google Now APK, tap it in your app drawer to integrate it. Then open the Nova Settings app on your phone.
  5. Select Integrations from the list and enable Google Now Page.
  6. Simply swipe to the leftmost screen on your home screen to access the Google Now feed.

Because this Nova app isn’t the latest Google feed version, it still includes the swipe-to-dismiss gesture. This means you won’t get the latest fancy look of the Google feed, but it’s worth giving up if you really love swiping to clear cards.

Now that you’re using Nova, consider upgrading to Nova Launcher Prime to access its powerful features 10 Power User Tips and Tricks for Nova Launcher Prime on Android Nova Launcher Prime is undoubtedly the best launcher on Android, and with these tips and tricks, it can be even better. Read More .

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  1. Kevin
    May 27, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Stop saying this is CLICKBAIT!!!! People, at the time this article was written it DID work. And it was working for me for a very long time but months after this article was written google changed to the new "Google Discover" once that update rolled out "Nova Google Companion APK" was no longer compatible with the API. If you want something to complain about then contact the people who made the Nova Google Companion and ask them why they haven't updated their APK to be compatible with Google Discover API.

  2. Dingus
    March 9, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Clickbait!!!!!!!!!! This no longer works with Nova Google Companion and they know that.

    • Ben Stegner
      March 10, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      This article is from 10 months ago. Unfortunately, these types of workarounds tend to change over time. Sorry about that!

  3. Still looking for solution!
    June 13, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Can i swipe right this story? Because the title misleads people to think they can fix what they have, and you just want them to install different software. "Fix the new Ford transmission issues: just install a new Chevy transmission..."

  4. djc
    June 6, 2018 at 5:27 am

    It doesn't work. Clickbait.

  5. S
    May 29, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Does not work... I have Nova launcher already and Google Now enabled... Cannot swipe to remove, can only hide story.