Instructions in words and pictures
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (August 10, 2022) – When a local reader called me to ask what had happened to the Lansing Journal app he used to have on the home screen of his phone, I didn’t know what he was talking about. We don’t have an app (yet). But this reader told me his daughter had put The Lansing Journal on his phone for him, and he loved it. Somehow it had disappeared, and he wanted it back.
After some further conversation and some Googling, we figured out a solution. If you’d like the same convenient, easy access to local news, here are the steps, with photos. (Note: It might be easier to read this article on your desktop computer while accomplishing the steps on your phone.)
We are grateful for this Lansing reader who reached out to make us aware of the problem and then welcomed me onto his porch, so I could personally walk him through the steps of creating a Lansing Journal shortcut on his own phone’s home screen. He let me take his picture, but when I asked if I could use his name, he said, “Nah, people will know this face.” I let him know that I would be sharing this story because other readers might benefit as well.
By the way…
By the way, when this reader called to get The Lansing Journal back on his phone, he remembered that he read one of our appeals for donations. “I meant to send you some money, but then I never did,” he told me. “Is that why you took the app away?”
I assured him that we hadn’t removed anything from his phone, and there is no “punishment” for not sending us a donation. The Lansing Journal is a free local newspaper.
Still, we do depend on local support. Donations from readers are what keep us going — whether it’s reporting local news or providing personalized tech support so that readers have the access they want.
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