Flipboard Smart Magazines: How to Set up and Use Them

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What to Know

  • Mobile set up: Swipe left to What's Your Passion>choose a topic>personalize with hashtags>Save.
  • On a desktop: Edit Favorites>Add Favorite>choose a topic and subtopics>Done.
  • Start reading!

This article explains how to create, change, or delete Flipboard Smart Magazines on mobile devices and PCs.

How to Set up a Flipboard Smart Magazine on Mobile

When you want to make Flipboard work for you, the best way to do it is to create a Smart Magazine. Follow these steps to create a Smart Magazine in Flipboard.

  1. When you open the Flipboard app, you’re on your For You carousel. From this page, swipe left until you get to What’s Your Passion?

  2. Click in the text box that displays What’s Your Passion? And type a keyword that interests you. Alternatively, you can scroll through the list of topics that’s displayed.

  3. As you type, a list of available topics is displayed. Choose the one you want to use as the topic of your Smart Magazine.

    How to create a smart magazine on the Flipboard Mobile app.
  4. The Smart Magazine is created and a Personalize dialog box appears that contains related hashtags you can add to your magazine. Select the topics you want to include and then click Save.

    How to add topics to your Smart Magazine in Flipboard.
  5. Start browsing your new Smart Magazine.

Smart Magazine are magazines that you determine the topic and subtopic for, and those are the only topics you'll find covered in that Smart Magazine. You can have as many as you want, but only the top nine Smart Magazine you choose will appear in the Content bar at the top of the Flipboard page.

How to Change or Delete a Smart Magazine

If at any time you decide you want to change the topics you've included in your Smart Magazine, or even delete it completely, you can do that with just a few taps.

  1. Open Flipboard and tap the three dot menu on the right corner of the app.

  2. The Edit Home screen appears. Scroll to your magazine and tap Personalize if you want to change the topics included in your magazine. If you want to delete it, select the X.

    You can also grab and hold the two line icon on the right side of the magazine line to move it up or down. This changes the order in which the magazines appear on the content bar at the top of the screen.

  3. If you select the X to delete the Smart Magazine, you'll be prompted to confirm you want to delete it.

    If you're just changing topics, tap to add or remove topics and when you're done, tap Save.

    How to Personalize a smart magazine on Flipboard.

How to Add a Smart Magazine on Flipboard for Desktop

If you're working with Flipboard for desktop, creating and editing a magazine work slightly differently.

  1. Go to the Flipboard website in any web browser and click Edit Favorites in the content bar at the top of the screen.

    How to create a smart magazine in Flipboard for a web browser.
  2. In the Edit Favorites dialog box that appears, click Add Favorite.

    How to add a flipboard smart magazine in a web browser.
  3. A list of topics appears. You can scroll through and select one of those topics or start typing and choose from the list of suggestions that appear as you type.

    Suggested topics for smart magazine on Flipboard.
  4. Once you've selected a topic a list of subtopics appears. Click to select each of the hashtagged subtopic you want included in the Smart Magazine, and then click Done.

    Selecting subtopics for a smart magazine on Flipboard.
  5. You'll be taken to the new Smart Magazine, where you can begin reading stories that are tailored to your preferences.

How to Change or Delete a Smart Magazine in Flipboard for Desktop

As with the mobile version of Flipboard, you can decide at any time to change or delete a Smart Magazine.

  1. In Flipboard, click your profile icon in the upper right corner.

    The Flipboard Profile icon.
  2. In the menu that appears, click Profile.

    The Profile option in Flipboard.
  3. On the Profile page, select the Edit (pencil) icon on the Smart Magazine you want to change or delete.

    The Edit option on a Flipboard Smart Magazine.
  4. In the menu that appears, select Delete to delete the Smart Magazine, or Personalize to make changes to your Smart Magazine.

    The option to delete or personalize a smart magazine in Flipboard.
  5. If you're personalizing or changing your magazine, a new Personal Menu appears. Select or deselect the sub topics you want included (or not) in your magazine. When you're finished editing the Smart Magazine, click Done and your changes will be saved.

    Personalizing a Flipboard Smart Magazine.