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How To Disable Flipboard Briefing On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus?

Everybody knows Flipboard, one of the best news and feeds apps from Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, though it doesn’t mean that all Samsung users have to use it or even keep it on their phones.
Among the most common reasons why people actually prefer to disable the Flipboard briefing sum up to the following facts:

  • It occupies the entire left panel of the Home screen;
  • It has a dedicated panel just for it, which may not be much of a necessity;
  • It’s not a great addition for those who are not fans of news apps and services;
  • It’s not a good match for those who mostly rely on widgets to occupy less space on the screen and enjoy more flexibility in positioning it on various screens;
  • It is unpleasant to try swiping from one Home screen panel to another only to find that the icons screens series is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of the Flipboard;
  • It raises some privacy concerns for some users.

In a nutshell, the Flipboard briefing is a special display mode of the Flipboard app. Samsung’s purpose with it was to allow users create a custom online magazine where they can collect all kinds of news from the web, based on their interests. And despite the fact that the idea is interesting, the design is more than decent, and the launching was conducted in a more intelligent way than Google did with the launching of Google Now, some people still don’t want it. It’s ok if you don’t want it, you’re not alone and you can easily disable it.
The 5 steps to getting rid of the Flipboard briefing:

  1. Go back to the Home screen by using the Home or the Back buttons;
  2. Access the Edit screen by tapping and holding on any blank area of the display;
  3. Head to the Flipboard briefing panel by tapping the leftmost display indicator icon or swiping the display left to right;
  4. Disable the Flipboard briefing from the dedicated switch at the top of the panel (drag it to left to turn the feature off and to right to turn the feature back on);
  5. Return to the Home screen by tapping anywhere on the screen and leaving the Edit mode or simply using the Home or the Back buttons.

When we said it’s going to be easy, you probably didn’t expect it to require only 5 steps, two of which relate to accessing the Home screen. But now you finally know how you can disable the Flipboard briefing and where should you go the first time when you will actually feel the need to turn it back on. It’s a matter of accessing its settings and tapping on the associated switch.
Nevertheless, as you probably know from all your previous interactions, when it comes to getting rid of features on any Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, it is one thing to disable it and a completely different thing to… completely disable it!
By following the steps from above, you might have caused the Flipboard briefing to disappear from the left Home screen panel, but you could still receive unsolicited notifications from it. If you want to cover this particular last problem, you still have three important steps left to handle.
This time, it doesn’t have to do with the app itself, but rather with the Application Manager and all the system apps listed underneath it.
Access the Application Manager:

  1. Tap on settings;
  2. Select Applications;
  3. Select Application Manager;

Access the System apps:

  1. Tap on the More button;
  2. Select Show System Apps – that’s where you can see the Briefing app, since it was installed as a system app and not a regular third-party app;

Disable the Briefing app:

  1. In the newly opened window with system apps, identify the entry labeled as Briefing;
  2. Select it and access the Briefing app’s info page;
  3. Tap on the Disable option;
  4. Tap on the Disable option once again, in the popup window, to confirm.

These were the last three steps you had to take and make sure that you will never again hear from the Briefing app. You can tell that you have successfully completed the action if you look at the System apps’ list and you notice how the option initially labeled as “Disable” has turned into “Enable”. As you can imagine, this is where you will have to come back and select the enabling option of the Briefing app, the first time when you will want to start receiving notifications from it.
At this point, the Flipboard Briefing version of your Flipboard app and the Flipboard app itself, the two features that come activated by default on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, are completely turned off. You won’t be receiving any notifications from it and you certainly won’t bump into it the next time when you will swipe the Home screen from left to right.

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David Williams

Mar 30, 2017

I am a true junkie for everything tech. My current arsenal includes an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, iPhone Xs, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Chromebook, iMac, and Dell XPS 13.

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