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Google+ Collections are now available within the just-updated Google+ app for the iPhone and iPad, which also contains performance improvements and bug fixes.

Introduced back in May of this year, Collections is basically a feature of Google+ that allows you to group your posts around shared interests and passions. After going live in the official Google+ app for Android and on the web, Google+ Collections can now be browsed on your iPhone and iPad.

Browse your Collections

By grouping posts on a particular topic, Collections you follow appear in your Home stream. Every Collection includes a URL that lands you on similar content from that author. “Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow,” Google noted.

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Collections can be shared publicly, privately or with a custom set of people. Upon creating your very first Collection, your Google+ profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

In addition to customizing who can see your Collections, you can also add taglines to describe them, a feature Google recently announced on Android and the web.

Google provides a Featured Collections webpage here.

More about Collections is available in a Google+ FAQ.

How to create a Collection

To create a new collection, follow these steps.

On your Mac

  • Step 1: Go to Google+ and click Home.
  • Step 2: Select Collections .
  • Step 3: Click Create a collection.
  • Step 4: Enter a name for your collection and choose who it’s visible to.

In the iOS app:

  • Step 1: Open the Google+ app.
  • Step 2: Touch Home, then touch Collections.
  • Step 3: Switch to the Yours tab and hit the Create collection link.
  • Step 4: Enter a name for your collection and choose who it’s visible to.

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Availability

Google+ is a 96-megabyte download in the App Store.

The app requires iOS 7.0 or later and is fully optimized for iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The software is localized in English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Google+ for iOS is available at no cost in the App Store.