Yandex Zen

Note. This section describes Yandex Zen settings available to readers. Working with Yandex Zen as an author or publisher is described in a separate Help section.

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 will help the feed adapt to your interests much faster.

  1. What is Yandex Zen?
  2. Zen adapts to match your interests
  3. Manage comments
  4. Country and language settings for posts
  5. Disable the recommendations feed

What is Yandex 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.

Recommended articles show up on your screen as a vertical feed. The headline of the first recommendation appears at the bottom of your screen when you open a new tab. Swipe up on the headline to view the rest of the feed.

If you want to read a recommended post, tap it in the feed, and it will open in a new tab.

To return to recommended posts in the feed, tap Zen to the left of the SmartBox.

Zen adapts to match your interests

Zen analyzes what you read on the internet and adjusts the content of the recommendations feed to your interests. This takes time (1-2 weeks if you rarely use Yandex services). If you want the feed to adjust to your interests faster:

Indicate the posts you would like to see more or less of in your feed

Use the and icons to do this. These icons are not intended for evaluating the quality of materials. They tell Zen which publications you want to see in your feed more often and which less often.

Subscribe and unsubscribe from channels

You can do this:

  • In the recommendations feed.
  • In the publication itself.
  • 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 a channel's publications that don't match your interests. In addition, it will display publications with similar themes from other channels and sites.

Block channels

You can block an unwanted channel or report a channel that violates Zen publication requirements. You can do this:

  • In the recommendations feed.
  • In the publication itself.
  • On the Zen website and in the Channels tab.

All posts from the blocked channel will disappear from your feed. You can unblock a blocked channel on the Zen website in the Channels tab.

Manage comments

After logging in to Yandex you can leave comments on articles and posts in Zen. You don't have to subscribe to a channel to do this.

Actions with comments
  • Add comments.
  • Delete comments.
  • 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 length of a comment is 4000 characters, including spaces.
  • Comments do not support images, links, or text formatting.
  • You can't edit previously created comments.
  • You can't comment on narratives or videos.
  • If the author has disabled comments for a certain publication, you can't view or add comments.
Your name and photo for comments
All comments display your account information in Yandex.Passport:
  • Photo. To change your photo in the comments section, click the icon displayed above the image in the account.
  • Data from the Name in comments and reviews field. This is where your first and last name is shown by default. If you do not want them to appear in comments, enter an alias in the Name in comments and reviews field. You will leave comments and reviews under this alias in all Yandex services. You can't change your name for just one Yandex service.
Attention. We don't recommend changing the first name, last name, or other information that you entered during registration, because this will make it more difficult to restore access to your account.

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.

Disable the recommendations feed

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to Advanced.
  3. Disable Zen.