If you’re a user of Google Reader you probably know by now that Google has decided to shut down the service as of July 1, 2013. Many people, myself included, use Google Reader on a daily basis and have found it to be the best RSS reader available. The good news is that other viable options have started to get more exposure in the past week since Google made the announcement as people look for alternatives. Feedly is an excellent alternative, and you may even find it to be better than Google Reader. The best part is that Feedly has capitalized on the opportunity by making it super easy to import all of your feeds from Google Reader, so you can continue to follow your favorite websites and blogs without interruption. In this post we’ll look at this process.
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Feedly is available as a Chrome or Firefox extension, or iOS and Android apps (all options are free). The steps below will show how to install Feedly in Chrome and migrate your feeds from Google Reader.
Step 1: Install Feedly
Visit Feedly.com and click on the button to get Feedly for Chrome. Then click on the “Add to Chrome” button.
Step 2: Connect to Google Reader
Then click on the “Connect to Google Reader” button to import your feeds. You’ll need to be logged in to your Google account.
Step 3: Allow Access
Next, you’ll see a message from Google asking if you want to give access to Feedly. Click “allow access” and Feedly will quickly and automatically import your feed subscriptions. It will even import the items that you have starred/saved.
Step 4: Start Using Feedly
After you’ve imported your feeds you can start using Feedly just like you used Google Reader. Thankfully, Feedly has made it a very easy and painless process.