Tech Tip: Tracking the Ticker on the Go



Q. How do I add tickers for my stocks to the Google app for Android?

A. You can tell the Google app which stocks you want to follow by adjusting the settings for the types of information (or “cards”) displayed in your feed. If you have not done so already, though, you need to let Google collect your online browsing by enabling the Web & App Activity function on the app’s settings. (Google says this is so it can show you “relevant” cards in your feed.)

Open the Google app on your Android device and tap the menu icon in the upper left corner. Select Settings, then Accounts & Privacy. Next, tap “Google activity controls” and finally Web & App Activity so you can turn on the setting. (Those iOS users with the Google app should tap the profile picture at the top of the screen and keep tapping through Privacy, then History, to Manage Activity History, and Web & App Activity.)


In the Google mobile app, you can search for and add stocks you want to follow by customizing your feed in the settings. As shown on the right, you can also get to the customization settings by tapping the menu dots in the top right corner of an information card on the screen.

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Once you have enabled the Web & App Activity setting, go back to the menu on the main Google app screen and select Customize. On the Customize screen, tap Stocks. (On an iOS device, tap your profile picture on the Google app’s main screen and choose Feed and then Stocks.)

Tap the plus (+) button to add a stock to follow. You can type in the ticker abbreviations for the stocks or choose them from the list of major companies on screen. (On the Stock screen on an iOS device, tap Stocks and then Add Stock to get started.)

Along with adding stocks, the Google app settings let you pick the topics that interest you in several categories. It may take a day or two for the app to start collecting articles and information on the subjects you picked, but your Google feed should soon look much more personalized.

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