Android: How to go back to Google App stories after closing the Now card

I like the “Google” app on Android — the thing you see if you swipe right on the Android home screen. But a weakness of it is that you can’t get back to a story easily. For instance, this morning I followed a Google Now card to see a story about Tom Ricketts and the Cubs, closed the story, then thought, “Wait, I meant to look at XYZ in that web page.” Once you close a story like this the Now card disappears, and you can’t get back to it easily (which is the weakness).

Solution 1: Going back to Google Now app stories on Android 7

I don’t know if this is the only way to do it, but as a solution, one way to get back to the story on Android 7 is to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Google app home screen (if you aren’t there already).
  2. Tap the “sandwich” icon in the upper-left corner, i.e., the icon that looks like three lines stacked on each other.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Accounts & Privacy.
  5. On that panel, tap Google Activity Controls.
  6. On the following screen, tap Web & App Activity.
  7. On the next screen, tap Manage Activity.
  8. When this screen shows up, it will show a list of everything you visited via the Google app, i.e., Google Now.

Note: I open “Now” stories in the Google app

You may have noticed under the “Accounts & Privacy” settings that there are two ways to open stories: either in the Google app, or in a web browser. My setting is set to, “Open web pages in app,” so this approach may only work with that setting, though I suspect it also works if you (a) use the opposite setting, (b) you use Chrome as your browser, and (c) you’re logged into your Google account.

Solution 2: Visit Google’s “My Activity” website

Another solution is to visit Google’s My Activity website. When I go to my computer and log into that website, I see my Android Google Now history, which looks like this right now:

My Android Google Now app history

The good news is that all of your history for visiting Google websites — including Google searches and YouTube visits — is at this website. (A second piece of good news is that you can also delete/manage your history here as well.)

The only bad thing is that these are the easiest ways I can find to revisit Google Now stories that you’ve read on your Android devices. If I find other ways to do this I’ll update this article, but until then, I hope these solutions are helpful.

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