What Is Feedly?

How to use Feedly as a news reader

Feedly is a robust feed reader that aggregates information from around the web into one convenient place. You can use it to view updates on any topic you're interested in, whether they come from the news, blogs, social media posts, RSS feeds, or other sources.

The primary benefit of a feed reader like this one is to see all this information in one single place rather than having to visit each website, blog, etc., to get updates. You can use Feedly from your computer, the web, or your mobile device.


How to Sign up for a Feedly Account

Creating a new Feedly account is easy, especially if you already have a Google or Facebook account.

Select GET STARTED FOR FREE at feedly.com or through the Feedly mobile app, and then choose how to sign up—your Google, Apple, Twitter, or Microsoft account works, or you can enter your email and make a new password just for Feedly.

Pick a Feedly App

After signing up, you have a few options for how to access your account. You can use the website from any browser or log in to your account from the app for Android or iOS.

Feeds and reading habits are synchronized across devices, so if you read something on your desktop or add a new feed to your account from your phone, it will be reflected on all your other connected devices, too.

There are also third-party apps that work with your account, such as IFTTT and a slew of other apps for a variety of devices.

How to Create a New Feed

Once you're signed in, you can create a new feed, which will ultimately be like a folder where a collection of updates will reside. Maybe you want to make one for news or video game content, or something specific like Android news.

  1. Select CREATE A FOLDER from the left panel, and then name it something that will make sense to you later. Choose SAVE to move forward.

    Feedly create new folder page
  2. Select ADD CONTENT to add a source to the feed so that you can see articles from that source when you open this feed.

    Feedly Add Content button
  3. Search for a related topic, enter a website name, or paste an RSS feed URL into the box. You can also browse the topic ideas if you're not sure where to look.

    Feedly search box

    You don't necessarily need to find the site's RSS feed to add it. Just search for the website name and let Feedly find it. However, if you do know the specific RSS feed URL, you can paste it into the box.

  4. Select FOLLOW next to the topic you want to add to your Feedly feed, and then choose the new feed you created (Tech News in our example).

    Follow button in Feedly

Adding More Content to an Existing Feed

Once you've added a new feed, you can update its folder with more content from other sources. Follow the same steps above to do that, or find similar content by right-clicking an existing feed on the website and choosing See Similar Feeds to return to Step 3 as shown above, where you can search for a topic.

Another way to batch import RSS feeds into Feedly is with the OPML Import page, which you can access through that link or via Organize Feeds in the menu. Use the button on that page to select an OPML file to add to Feedly.

Reading News in Feedly

All the sources you've added will show up in the folders off to the left. Select the folder name to read all of its updates. If you select a specific source from the feed, you can see just the news out of that single source.

Feedly today page

The Today item in the left panel is where you can go to see all the news released today, while All includes older content, too. They both collect every source from all of your feeds and display them on a single page, making it super easy to stay updated on all the content you're following.

Next to each feed is an unread count so that you can clearly see how many new topics have arrived since you last read through the feed. After you read something, you can select the checkmark on that article to tell Feedly to reduce the unread count by one (or select it again to make it as unread). You can also mark an entire feed as read to clear the number completely.

You can drag your different feeds up and down the side panel to reorganize them however you wish.

Of course, the mobile app is another way to access your feeds.

Feedly Android app

Saving and Sharing Content

Feedly is more than just a passive reading platform. You can save anything you want to remember for later. You do this through boards, which are like folders for content.

You can make different boards to cover different topics and keep everything organized. Use the Create New Board option from the left panel to pick a name. To save items to the new board, just use the star on that article and choose which board it should be stored in.

Similar to a board is the Read Later section. Press the bookmark icon on any article to immediately place it into this area of your account. Use it as a way to save something that you'll read soon but that you don't necessarily want to pin to a board. It's like a temporary placeholder rather than a permanent bookmark.

Feedly read later page

You can even save something directly to Read Later with the ARTICLE button (pictured above). Just paste a URL into the box you'll see and it will be stored there for you to look at later.

Feedly items can also be shared and stored over various platforms like email, Buffer, Twitter, WordPress, LinkedIn, Facebook, OneNote, Instapaper, Pocket, and other bookmarking tools. Custom sharing tools can be added, too, but it will cost you a Pro subscription.

Benefits of Upgrading

There are three versions of Feedly. The free edition is limited to including 100 sources, up to three feeds, and access from mobile and desktop devices.

You can pay for Feedly Pro or Pro+ for 1,000 or more feeds, premium fonts, Power Search, notes and notes and highlights, additional sharing options, and more.

Feedly Enterprise is another subscription you can choose that has everything those versions have, but expands sources to over 7,000, lets you create newsletters, supports API access, and more.

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