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How to customize notifications on the ‘Tampa Bay Times’ news app

Follow and unfollow topics you would like to receive notifications about.
You can now customize your notifications on the 'Tampa Bay Times' news app. [Allison Graves]
You can now customize your notifications on the 'Tampa Bay Times' news app. [Allison Graves]
Published Jan. 15
Updated Jan. 15

If you’re looking for the latest news or sports stories, you can now set mobile alerts on your phone or tablet by subject through our Tampa Bay Times news app.

Our mobile app allows you to pick news, sports or both with just a few taps. You’ll only get these notifications if you opt in — we won’t send you any alerts unless you say you want them.

Read on for instructions on how to get notifications sent to your phone.

(If you already have our app, you can skip to the second step to specify which notifications you’d like to get.)

Download and open the Tampa Bay Times app through the app store (you can also find the app here).

Tap the “Settings” button in the upper-left hand corner of the screen.

Tap the “Customize Alerts” settings button.

Toggle the buttons to follow and unfollow topics you would like to receive notifications about.


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