STEP-BY-STEP: How to customize your WSOCTV news app experience

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The free WSOC-TV news mobile app now allows you to customize your app experience by setting story alerts.

The "Follow the Lead" news app feature allows users to opt-in to follow future coverage of specific news events that they’re interested in.

This new feature allows you to receive push notifications whenever there are new developments in ongoing stories, breaking news, and stories that are of interest to you.

Download the WSOCTV news app for your smartphone and get updates on breaking news and other developing stories. 

Stories that are followable have tappable tags associated with them. To follow a story, click the tag indicated with a "+" followed by the tag name.

This tag will be blue, located next to a story in the WSOC-TV news app.

When you tap the tag, it will change to a white check-mark, indicating the story is followed. You will be notified that you will receive alerts for this story.

Once you have followed a story, you will receive WSOC-TV news app push notifications for followed stories.

When a story is followed, all stories with the same tag will be indicated as "followed" throughout the WSOC-TV news app.

If you wish to change or turn off certain alerts, you can do this by going into the "Settings" section and clicking on "Notifications."