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How to Use Reddit’s New Discover Tab to Find Communities
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(Pocket-lint) – Reddit has launched a new navigation tool called the Discover tab, and it’s also Reddit’s first major new feature in years. In early testing last year, Reddit said it saw one in five people join at least one new community after using the new Discover tab experience it developed to replace the old Communities tab.
Here’s everything you need to know about Reddit’s Discover tab.
What is Reddit’s Discover tab?
Reddit’s new Discover is a feature of Reddit’s official iOS and Android apps. It organizes images, GIFs, and videos into a drop-down grid to help Reddit users find new content and communities they want to join. It also suggests communities to explore based on history and activity, which includes a writer’s current subscriptions and time spent on communities. For example, existing redditors who subscribe and spend a lot of time on soccer subreddits may see other sports-related content.
Simply put: the Discover tab adapts to your current interests. If you have subscribed to many baseball captions and spend a lot of time in baseball captions, you will start to see more baseball related content in the Discover tab. If you’re new to Reddit, you’ll see content and communities ranked by popularity and high engagement. “From houseplants and home pickles to Squid Game and Dungeons & Dragons, the Discover tab will bring a rich variety of content to the forefront in a visually appealing way.”
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How to Find the Discover Tab in Reddit
Open the Reddit mobile app and in the bottom navigation menu you will see the new Discover tab (compass icon). It is located to the right of the Home tab (house icon).
The Discover tab replaces Communities/Subscriptions as the second icon at the bottom.
How the Discover tab works
The first thing you see on the Discover tab is a visual feed of engaging thumbnails representing various communities on Reddit. You can browse thumbnails, watch them, tap on them. Reddit calls this experience a “cohesive and dynamic entry point for redditors to access their communities.”
When you open the new Discover tab, you’ll see a search bar at the top. Use this area to search for communities by keyword.
Below the search bar area are several topics that you can browse and browse to find potentially interesting communities.
By swiping right or tapping the drop-down menu at the top left of the home screen, redditors can access their communities and populate a community drawer.
The Community drawer is divided into five sections:
- Your communities – where communities redditors subscribe can be sorted and customized
- Home feed controls – where users can access their home, popular and news feeds
- Following – which shows Redditor accounts a user is following
- The r/all entry point
- Moderation entry points where moderators can view their mod feed, mod queue, and subreddits they moderate
Why did Reddit launch the Discover tab?
Reddit said it just wanted to help people find more communities and make it easier to discover new content. “Part of that is listening to feedback and acting on it to bring community, belonging, and empowerment to everyone,” the company said. “Redditors told us they wanted an easier way to explore current and new interests, so […] we’re rolling out our first new surface in nearly two years – the Discover tab. This new navigation tool gives redditors an engaging way to more easily find content and communities on Reddit.”
Written by Maggie Tillman.