Zen in a mobile browser (Android)

Zen Quick Start

When you first open the recommendations feed, Zen will allow you to select the channels whose postings you find the most interesting. Recommendations from the channels that you select will appear more frequently in your feed.

If you are already using Zen, log in to Yandex. If you are opening Zen for the first time:

  1. On the selection screen, select the channels whose postings you want to see in your recommendations feed. This list is generated automatically from the most popular channels in Zen. For convenience, it is divided into topics (news, technology, entertainment, etc.).
  2. Tap the Go to Feed button.

Recommendations feed

By default, the recommendations feed is displayed in Yandex Browser under the  Tableau when you open a new tab.

Recommendations are displayed as cards in your feed. To see all your recommendations, slide up on the feed with the cards. To read a posting, select a recommendation from the feed and the full text will open in a new tab.

To return to your feed:

Press the Back button on the smartphone.

Refreshing recommendations

In order to update the recommendations feed, scroll down the feed and then scroll back up and tap the More Cards button that appears.

Zen on various devices

If you read Zen across various devices, you can synchronize your recommendations feeds between them. In this case, Zen will be able to make better recommendations because it will consider which sites you visit and how you rate content that you read on all devices.

In order to do this, you need to log in to Yandex on all of your devices using a single account:

  1. Open the Yandex site.
  2. Tap the Log in link in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Enter your username and password. If you do not yet have a Yandex account, tap the Registration link and provide all the requested information to create your account.

This will not affect the recommendations in Yandex.Launcher. They have to be synchronized directly in the app.

  1. Go to the leftmost desktop.
  2. Tap  → Sign in to Zen in the upper left corner.
  3. Enter your username and password. If you do not yet have a Yandex account, tap the Registration link and provide all the requested information to create your account.

Rating postings

Zen tries to build content for your recommendations feed according to your interests by analyzing the postings that you read on the Internet. Customization takes time. To customize it faster, rate the postings directly in Zen:

  • If you like a posting, tap on the icon in the lower right corner of the recommendation and Zen will recommend more of the same content. The site will be added to your favorites list.
  • If you don’t like a posting, tap on the  icon in the lower right corner of the recommendation and Zen will recommend less of the same content.
  • If you don’t want to view content from this site, tap on the  icon in the lower right corner of the recommendation and then the Block <...> link. The site will be added to your blocked list.

The more ratings you make in Zen, the better it will match your interests.

Editing lists of sources

You can edit the lists of sources that you have blocked or favorited on the Yandex Zen service site.

Delete a source from your blocked list
  1. Log into the Zen site by using your Yandex account.
  2. Tap  → Blocked sources in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Select the sources that you would like to use to populate the Zen feed. Recommendations for these sources will be shown again.
Add a source to your blocked list
  1. Log into the Zen site by using your Yandex account.
  2. Tap  → Blocked sources in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Tap the icon in the search box.
  4. In the list that appears tap the  icon to the right of the sources that you would like to block. You will no longer see recommendations from these content sources.
Delete a site from your favorites list
  1. Log into the Zen site by using your Yandex account.
  2. Tap  → Favorite Sources in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Select the sources whose content you are no longer interested in. Content from these sources will be recommended to you less frequently.
Add a source to your favorites list
  1. Log into the Zen site by using your Yandex account.
  2. Tap  → Favorite Sources in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Tap the icon in the search box.
  4. In the list that appears tap the  icon to the right of the sources whose postings you would like to see in your Zen feed. You will be recommended content from them more frequently.

Page settings and content language

The set of channels that are available in your feed and the posting language vary depending on country. Zen will select a default language and country on the basis of your device settings. But you can also edit them manually:

  1. Open the Yandex Zen service site.
  2. Tap   → Content Country and Language in the upper left corner of the page.
  3. In Country, select the country whose postings you would like to see.
  4. Select your preferred content languages for your feed. Currently two languages are available: Russian and English.

Disabling Zen

  1. Tap the  icon (if the icon does not appear, press the menu button on the phone ).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the Advanced section.

  4. Disable the Show Yandex Zen recommendations feed option.

If the Zen feed fails to appear

Make sure that:

  • The recommendations are displaying normally on the Yandex Zen service site.
  • The Show Yandex Zen recommendations feed option is turned on in the Yandex.Browser settings.
  • You have the more recent browser version installed. Perform the following steps to update your browser version:
    1. Tap the  icon (if the icon does not appear, press the menu button on the phone ).
    2. Select Settings → About the software.

    If your browser version is not the most current one, update it.