Zen in the Yandex.Launcher app

Zen Quick Start

When you first open the recommendations feed in Yandex.Launcher, Zen will allow you to select channels whose postings you find the most interesting.

  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

The Zen feed can be found by default in the leftmost desktop in the Launcher. Recommendations are displayed in the form of cards in the feed. In order to read a posting, tap on a card and the text will open on the Zen screen.

If you want postings to open in the default browser that you use on your device:

  1. Tap the  icon in the upper left corner.
  2. Disable the Open links in Zen option.

Refreshing recommendations

Perform one of the following steps to refresh your recommendations feed:

  • Pull down on the feed and tap the New Postings button that appears.
  • Scroll down the feed and then scroll back up and tap the New Postings 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.

To do this, synchronize your recommendations in Yandex.Launcher:

  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.

Then 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.

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 left 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 left corner of the recommendation and Zen will recommend less of the same content.
  • If you don’t want to see any more content from this site, tap on the  icon in the lower left 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 manually edit the lists of sources that you have favorited or blocked.

Delete a source from your blocked list
  1. Go to the leftmost desktop in the Launcher.
  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. Go to the leftmost desktop in the Launcher.
  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. Go to the leftmost desktop in the Launcher.
  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. Go to the leftmost desktop in the Launcher.
  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. Go to the leftmost desktop in the Launcher.
  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. Go to the second desktop (far right) in the Launcher.
  2. Tap the Settings button. The Launcher settings will open.
  3. Tap the Zen icon on the second settings screen.
  4. Disable the Show Feed option.