There are so many news sites flourishing on virtual world; not all are worth visiting every day. Flipboard, though, carved a niche by serving curated content, news items, and thought-provoking articles. Apart from its contents, Smart Magazines feature in Flipboard offers easy-to-surf user-interface, eye-capturing design and more.
Moreover, Flipboard allows you to categorize contents by selecting your favourite categories. A step further, users can add their own sources and make their own magazine.
Smart Magazines from Flipboard
Flipboard closely follows your inputs based on which Flipboard’s algorithms create Smart Magazines. First, you need to choose a topic for a magazine and then select some related sub-topics using hashtags. Next, Flipboard collects sources from algorithms, curators, influencers and offers you a magazine that you can read.
How to Create Smart Magazine in Flipboard on iPhone and Android
First off, update your Flipboard to its latest version, i.e. 4.0.1. Once you update Flipboard on your device, follow the steps given below.
Step #1: Open Flipboard on your smartphone.
Step #2: The app will greet you with its latest features like modern design, smart magazines organized around passions, and easier access.
Step #3: Next is your profile (everything you follow on Flipboard will be seen on the page.)
Step #4: Now comes the Home page, where you can add things you want to love to browse on Flipboard.
Step #5: After the Home page comes Smart Magazines creation tab. Tap on ‘Give it a try’ button which is in red fonts and white background.
Step #6: Flipboard will ask you about your passion – What’s your passion?
There will be some featured sections like News, Technology, Sports, Business etc. You can select anything as your passion.
Step #7: Once you tell about your passion, you can now make it personalize by selecting some hashtags related to your passion.
For example, I have chosen Advertising as my passion, so Flipboard gives me hashtags like Mobile Advertising, Social Commerce, Display Advertising, Branded Content and so on.
Step #8: After selecting related hashtags, simply tap Done from the bottom right corner of your phone’s screen.
Your Smart Magazine is created on Flipboard. You can customize hashtags by tapping on Feed icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.
How to Make a Custom Magazine in Flipboard
Now you can create a custom magazine on Flipboard; the method is pretty simple as Flipboard has made essential improvements and changes. You need to select sources to create your unique magazine by adding RSS Feeds, Flipboard Magazines, Twitter feeds, hashtags, YouTube, SoundCloud, and more.
Step #1: Launch Flipboard and open your profile page by swiping right on screen or tapping on profile icon.
Step #2: Under your name, you will find some figures like ADDED, LIKES, MAGAZINES, FOLLOWERS etc. You need to tap on MAGAZINES.
Step #3: Once you tap on MAGAZINES, you will find square boxes; the first one is MAKE A NEW MAGAZINE; tap on it.
Step #4: A menu will swipe up from the bottom; you need to tap the second option, which is ‘For reading specific sources’.
Step #5: You will be prompted to assign a name to that magazine. And then tap on ‘Add Sources’.
Step #6: Next, you can add sources from SUGGESTED and FOLLOWING list. You can also type in your favourite website or blog to add to sources. After selecting sources, tap on Done and the magazine will be added to your profile page.
How to Add Smart Magazines to Home Screen
Your newly created magazine will be settled on your profile page, where it is invisible among other magazines you have created. Better to put it on Home page, where you have cover pages. Simply tap on the three vertical dots seen on your newly created magazine and tap on ‘Add to Home’ option from a menu.
How to Arrange Smart Magazines in Flipboard
You can only rearrange your created magazines; you can’t make any change in cover stories.
Step #1: On the home page of Flipboard, browse horizontally and select your magazine.
Step #2: Tap on three vertical dots from the upper right corner of the magazine.
Step #3: A menu will swipe up with four options: Personalize, Edit Home, Remove From Home, and Delete.
Step #4: Tap on Edit Home and then press and drag hamburger button to arrange your magazines.