Yandex Zen

Note. This section describes Yandex Zen options for readers. To work with Yandex Zen as an author or publisher, see Help for Yandex Zen authors.

Zen is a Yandex service that gathers materials you are interested in and shows them all in the same feed. News, articles, videos, and blog entries can all be viewed in Zen, without going from site to site searching for information.

To create a personalized feed, Zen collects information about your interests. This is only possible when you are logged in to Yandex. If you read Zen on different devices, log in to each of them using the same account. This makes the feed adjust to your interests much faster.

  1. What is Zen?
  2. Zen adapts to match your interests
  3. Manage comments
  4. Country and language settings for posts
  5. Playing back videos in Yandex Zen
  6. Turn off the recommendations feed

What is Zen?

Note. Yandex Zen is integrated in both the mobile and desktop versions of Yandex Browser. Read the Zen article in Help to find out how to set up or disable Zen in your desktop browser.

Yandex Zen gradually adapts the feed to your interests. It analyzes your interaction with the feed (subscriptions, ratings, blocks), search queries, browser history, and other data about your online preferences. You don't need to worry about privacy because the data is stored in a depersonalized format. As a result, you receive personalized recommendations that include materials from sites you haven't visited yet. If your interests change, the Yandex Zen feed adjusts to them after a while.

To see Zen recommendations, create a new tab and scroll down.

To open an article, tap on the recommendation card. To go back to the recommendations feed, tap Zen to the left of the SmartBox.

Note. You can add a Zen feed to the Android notification bar (to open the notification bar, on most devices you need to swipe down from the top edge of the screen). To do this, go to Settings and enable Show Zen in the notifications panel under Notifications.

Zen adapts to match your interests

To customize your feed, Yandex Zen analyzes your interests on the web using site visits, ratings, and subscriptions. Over time, recommendations will adapt to match your interests. This takes one or two weeks on average. You can help Yandex Zen algorithms learn what to show you:

Log in on Yandex

Log in on Yandex when you open the browser. Use a single account on all your devices.

Specify which publications you prefer seeing or not seeing in your feed

Use More like this and Less like this icons: and . They are not intended for assessing the quality of content. Use them to tell Zen which publications you want to see more often and which less often.

Subscribe to channels and unsubscribe from channels

The channel is maintained by a Zen website author. You can subscribe to a channel:

  • In the recommendations feed.
  • In the author's publication.
  • On the Zen website and in the Channels tab.

If you subscribed to a channel, this does not mean that the feed will display all its publications. Zen will filter out the channel's content you are not interested in. Moreover, it will display publications on similar subjects from other channels and sites.

To unsubscribe from a channel, on the Zen website go to the Subscriptions tab. Open the needed channel and tap Unsubscribe.

Block channels

You can block a channel you are not interested in or report a channel that violates Zen publication requirements. You can do this:

  • In the recommendations feed.
  • In the author's publication.
  • On the Zen website and in the Channels tab.

All posts from the blocked channel will disappear from the feed. You can unblock a channel on the Yandex Zen site on the Blocked page. To open it, tap your account photo in the upper right corner.

Subscribe to and unsubscribe from topics

A topic feed is a selection of publications from different channels on a common subject. To subscribe to a topic:

  1. Open the Zen website and go to the Channels tab.
  2. Enter a subject name in the search bar, for example, “humor” or “cats”. If Yandex Zen has this topic, its name appears below. Select the topic.
  3. The topic feed opens. Tap Subscribe.

If you have subscribed to a subject, this does not mean that all publications on the subject are shown in your feed. Yandex Zen filters out the content you are not interested in.

To unsubscribe from a topic, go to the Zen site and open the Subscriptions tab. Open the topic and tap Unsubscribe.

Manage comments

Log in on Yandex to comment on articles, narratives, and posts. You don't have to subscribe to a channel to do this.

Actions with comments

You can:

  • Add comments, edit comments (within an hour after adding) or delete comments.
  • Sort the list of comments under a publication (by date or by popularity).
  • Reply to comments or rate them.
  • Copy the link to a comment and share it via email or social media.
  • Report a comment.
Limitations for making comments
  • The maximum comment length is 4,000 characters with spaces.
  • You can't edit a comment if more than an hour has passed since posting it.
  • Comments do not support images, links, or text formatting.
  • Comments on videos are not supported.
  • If an author has disabled comments to their post, you cannot view or add comments.
Name and photo for comments
The comments display your account information in Yandex.Passport:
  • Photo you uploaded when registering on Yandex. If you didn't upload a photo, Zen displays a random image instead.
  • The first and last name you provided when registering on Yandex.

If you don't want to show your real name in comments, change the field Name in comments and reviews.

Attention. Do not change the name or other personal details of your account you have submitted at registration. This will make it more difficult for you to restore access to your account.

The new name will be used both in Yandex Zen and other Yandex services. You can't change your name for just one service.

To change your name in comments
  1. Open your Yandex account.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Name in comments and reviews field.
  3. Tap .
  4. In the window that opens, select a name from the list. If none of the suggested values are good enough for you, tap Other and enter a new name.
  5. Tap Save.

    Now all your comments will be signed with a new name.

Change photo in comments
  1. Open your Yandex account.
  2. Hover your cursor over the photo.
  3. Tap .
  4. Upload an image. From the computer: click Upload and select a file. Using a direct link: enter the address and tap .
  5. Tap Save.

Country and language settings for posts

Lists of channels in the feed and the language of posts differ in different countries. By default, Zen determines the country and language from the device settings. You can change them manually:

  1. Log in to Zen using your Yandex account.
  2. Tap  → Country and language for content in the upper-left corner of the page.
  3. In the Country field select the country you would like to receive posts from.
  4. Select the languages for posts in your feed. The set of available languages depends on the country you select.

Playing back videos in Yandex Zen

Videos in the Yandex Zen feed can be played back automatically when a card appears on the screen. By default, this only happens on Wi-Fi networks. If you want to change the autoplay settings:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Find the Yandex Zen section.
  3. Tap Auto-play videos in Zen.
  4. Select when to activate autoplay: Mobile networks and Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi only or Disabled.

Turn off the recommendations feed

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Find the Yandex Zen section.
  3. Enable the Show recommendations feed option.

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