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Feedly is a Great Google Reader Alternative for Computers and Mobile Devices

A lot of people are upset that Google is killing Google Reader in July. But you’re not out of luck if you rely on RSS feeds to keep up-to-date on news and topics from your favorite websites. Feedly is probably the best alternative to manage your RSS feeds. It works with Google Chrome, Firefox, Android, and iOS. There’s not a addon or bookmarklet for Internet Explorer yet though.

At the time of this article, over 500,000 users have switched to Feedly after getting the news about Google axing Reader.

Feedly for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari Browsers

Just navigate to the Feedly homepage in Firefox, Safari, or Chrome and click the button to install it.

feedly for firefox

No matter which browser or mobile device it’s installed on, you need to allow Feedly access to your Google Reader account.

allow Feedly Access to Google Reader

After it’s installed, you can open it using the Feedly button next to your browser’s address bar in Firefox.

Feedly Button Firefox

In Chrome, click Connect to Google Reader, sign in to your Google account, then allow it access to your feeds.

Connect feedly to Google Reader

Then you can open a new tab, right click the Feedly icon, and select Create Shortcuts. You’ll have the option to create a Desktop shortcut and Pin to Taskbar.

Pin to Taskbar

After installing it on Safari, you can access it from the Feedly icon to the left of the address bar.

feedly on SAFARI

All of your current feeds, folders, starred items, and categories are synced in to Feedly. Then you can go through and manage settings and the layout you prefer.

groovyPost Feed

Once you start using Feedly, you’ll start to realize that user experience superior to Google Reader in a lot of ways. It allows you to customize the layout, from only titles (like Google Reader) to a magazine layout and more. Adding and editing feeds is easy, you can change the color Themes, and a lot more. An important thing to mention is that your feeds won’t disappear after Google Reader shuts down. According to the Feedly Blog:

“When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.”

Feedly for Android and iOS

Feedly has some great apps for your mobile devices too. You can install Feedly for Android device from the Play Store. When setting it up, make sure to sync it with your Google Reader account. Each app works a bit differently depending on the device, but all of the basic functionality is there.

Android Feedly

For iOS you can install Feedly from the App Store on your iPhone (optimized for iPhone 5), iPod touch, and iPad.

feedly iOS

Another thing I recommend is using Google Takeout to download your Google Reader data and save the archive somewhere to a convenient location. The backup archive isn’t necessary for Feedly, but it’s a good idea to hang on to. Once Google Reader shuts down, Feedly plans to use its own back end to continue your subscriptions.

If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire HD, Feedly is available for it from the Amazon App Store. Speaking of Google Reader alternatives, you can import your feeds to Outlook and use it as your RSS reader.

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