How to Control Your Google+ Main Incoming Stream (Filter Stream by Circles)?

Show most things from this stream in my main stream : this setting allows to show most things from a circle (this is the default setting)

Filter stream show most content

Filter stream show most content

Show everything from this stream in my main stream : this setting allows to show everything from a circle (for eg. use this setting to show everything from family)

Filter stream show every content

Filter stream show every content

How to configure stream filter?

  • Login and go to Google+ (by default you’ll land in main stream page)
  • On the left sidebar, click on a circle name (for e.g Friends, Family or any circle name)
  • Now on the middle panel, on the right side of the circle name title you’ll find a slider bar
  • Adjust the slider according to your preference (refer image and details above)
  • Repeat this procedure for each circle you want to customize (by default all circles show most of the content i.e the 3rd option as mentioned above)
  • That’s it, you are done!
When you are done with configuring each of the circles you have a very customized main stream based on your personal preferences.

We recommend to spend some time and configure filters to get the best out of main stream.


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  1. Dobes Vandermeer

    Hi, any idea what happens if the same person is in multiple circles with different settings?  If I set up a “boring/noisy” circle and set it to “show nothing from this circle” will it still show posts from those people because they are in my other circles that have not been muted?

    • Lynda Lerner

      Dobes – did you ever get an answer to the question you asked about a person who is in your boring/noisy circle and also in another circle ?  I have a similar problem.  Don’t want info from a person in my stream, but need to have him in another circle so that I can send messages specifically to that circle.  Most of the people in the circle I do want to get messages from, except for this one person.    If so, please e-mail me at [email protected]   Thanks. 
      Lynda Lerner

  2. Josh Mitchell

    I would assume that if you have someone in your other circles, you’ll still have to remove them if you don’t want to hear from them… After all, if they’re in another circle, then you’re saying you still want to hear from them.

    Instead of doing an ‘exclude’ circle – maybe try creating an ‘include’ one? That’s what I’ve done, so when it comes down to prioritizing just the people I want to hear from specifically, I’ll just click that option in the feed lists.

  3. Langley MainStreet

    I’d like to filter the main stream so that nothing shows in it except posts from specific circles. I get stuff in my main stream from strangers and spammers. I know I can mute them individually but that’s like the old days of SPAM filtering when you had to report each sender yourself. Any ideas?

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