Discover interesting Reddit communities with this handy new feature

See what Reddit thinks you've been missing.
A black-and-white photo of someone holding an iPhone over a Macbook, with the Reddit Discover Tab in color on the screen.
The Discover Tab aims to surface interesting posts, but sometimes you may want to provide feedback. Artem Podrez / Pexels

Mobile Reddit users may have noticed a compass icon chillin’ on the app’s bottom bar—that’s Reddit’s recently unveiled Discover Tab, its first new feature in almost two years. It aims to give people an easier way to explore the site’s ever-growing number of communities, and it’s super easy to use.

How the Discover Tab works

The aforementioned compass icon is nestled right between the app’s home button and the plus icon that lets you create a post (it’s not available on the web). Tap it and you’ll see an array of photo and video posts Reddit thinks you’ll enjoy based on communities you’re a part of or have spent a lot of time lurking.

“We’re ushering in a new era of discovery on Reddit, with images and video top of mind,” Reddit’s director of product for content and communities, Jason Costa, said in a statement that coincided with the feature’s late-February rollout. “We’re making discovering relevant content and communities more intuitive.”

It’s also a way to put potentially interesting posts in front of people who may have turned off various recommendation settings (tap your profile icon, then Settings, and your username to see them). So even if you’ve disabled Reddit’s ability to slide recommended posts into your home feed and told it not to use your IP address or interactions with partner sites and apps to suggest content, the Discover Tab will still work.

How to use Reddit’s Discover Tab

The unfiltered Discover Tab is a scrollable amalgamation of suggested posts, each with the subreddit name displayed on top. Tap one and it’ll take you to that community, where you can scroll through to see if you feel like joining. If you do, tap the blue “join” icon, depending on where you are on the page), and you’re in.

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Now, if you like your Discover Tab like you prefer your selfies—filtered—look to the top of your screen. Below the search box and the icons for your profile and the main menu, you’ll see topic suggestions in bubbles—scroll to the right to see more. Tap one to turn the more general feed into one tailored specifically to the topic you touched, and scroll down to see if anything interests you.

You can keep going through these filters but you’ll eventually reach the end, as the app appears to display only 25 at a time. That’s no problem: swipe down from the top of your screen to refresh the whole Discover Tab.

How to improve the Discover Tab

Feedback is important, whether you’re a website valued at more than $10 billion or a 7-year-old scrawling the worst self-portrait your teacher has ever seen. This is why Reddit has built response mechanisms into the Discover Tab so you can tell them whether their recommendations are good or bad.

To find them, press and hold on any item in the feed to open a menu with the following options:

  • Show more posts like this. Choose this, and Reddit will thank you for your feedback. You’ll see more similar items in the future.
  • Show fewer posts like this. There are two possibilities here: the ability to see less of that specific post or less of the community it’s in. Whatever you choose, Reddit will blur it out on your Discover Tab feed as you scroll and you won’t be able to tap on it.
  • Report. This will open a reporting form for you to tell Reddit that a post breaks the rules of a subreddit, constitutes harassment, is spreading misinformation, or falls under a number of other unsavory categories.
  • Share. Tapping this option will bring up a menu of various sharing options, including the ability to crosspost to another subreddit and copy the direct link.
  • Save. It can’t get much clearer: This saves the post. You can find it later by tapping your profile icon, then Saved.
  • Share to chat. Use this to plop a post directly into a chat with other Redditors.

And if you’ve made it this far, we naturally recommend the subreddits focused on the three pillars of Popular Science’s coverage: Reddit Science, /r/Technology, and DIY.