Google Reader Alternatives

June 28, 2013 | By | Comments (2)


Many people (myself included) depend on Google Reader to get their daily dose of news and blogs. But, on July 1, Google is slated to shut down the beloved RSS reader. Follow these steps to backup your Google Reader, choose a new one, and import your data into your new RSS reader of choice.

1. Backup your Google Reader. Visit Google Takeout and click “Create Archive.” Once the backup is complete, click “Download.” Open the .zip file and copy the file titled “subscriptions.xml” to a safe place, like your desktop.

2. Choose a new RSS reader. Feedly is gaining popularity because it offers an automatic one-click import to seamlessly move your current subscriptions from Google Reader (thus allowing you to skip the above step). The Old Reader and Newsvibe are also popular options, but you’ll have to manually import your subscriptions.

3. Import your subscriptions to your new RSS reader. Once you’ve chosen a new reader, sign up for an account and import your old subscriptions. Simply find the import option. Most readers will prompt you to upload an “OPML” file (this is the “subscription.xml” file you saved to a safe place before). Click upload and enjoy your new reader!

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  1. George K

    Hi Brigitt! Thanks for the tip. My favorite RSS reader is Feedreader Online: I like it because it is simple to use and fast. Not so powerful as Feedly or other solutions (for example no native mobile apps at the moment), but it is sufficient for my needs – it is not so overloaded as other popular solutions, has a pleasant light interface and all the hardcore feed reading tools. Thanks again

    June 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm
  2. Lauren

    Thanks for the info! I love Feed Wrangler (
    It does the one click import too and has smart streams that will let me automatically sort new articles as they come in. It comes with an iPad and iPhone app as well as a web view. Love it.

    June 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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