How to Export Google Reader Feeds And Data




Google ReaderWe all received shocking news a short time back that Google will probably be shutting down Google Reader using some months. If you are a Google reader user, you should create a backup of most your subscriptions and RSS feeds to help you use it on any other service if you wish to. If you are looking to get a simple method to export Google Reader data and feeds, give Google Takeout a try.

Let’s check out how you can export Google Reader feeds and data using Google Takeout.


How to Export Google Reader Subscriptions


Head up to the Google Takeout homepage and login with your credentials. After signing in, you will probably be redirected for the Google Takeout dashboard where it is going to show you all the Google services. First you want to make a backup of our Google Reader subscriptions, so go on the “Choose Services” tab and select Google Reader.

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After you click on Google Reader, it's going to show you the estimated amount of files in Google Reader along with the size with the backup file. Just click about the “Create Archive” button.

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It will start to create your backup file understanding that may take time depending on the number of feeds you have in Google Reader. After the backup file is produced, click for the “Download” button.

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Import Google Reader Subscriptions to The Old Reader


Earlier this week, we distributed to our users some very nice alternatives to Google Reader. You can select any service through the list but we will be looking at The Old Reader and Netvibes, since they are simple and easy to work with. Personally, I prefer The Old Reader over other RSS Readers, because it has a simple interface and appears more like Google Reader.

Before we proceed, extract the zipped Google Reader backup file. Visit The Old Reader homepage and login along with your Facebook or Google ID. After logging into sites, click for the “Import” button in the top right corner of the screen.

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Browse the file name “Subscriptions.xml” from the folder we extracted earlier and click on “Import”.

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The import process will start and might take time depending on the amount of feeds you've got as well as the amount of users in queue. After this news of Google Reader turning off, a lot of people switched from Google Reader to The Old Reader, in order that it might take a little while to import your feeds.

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Verdict


Many everyone is shocked to listen to the news about Google Reader closing down, but I don’t think there is anything to concern yourself with. There are so many good alternatives available. If you prefer RSS feeds over social networks, just check out some of the Google Reader alternatives we mentioned and make use of the info here to export Google Reader feeds and data.

If you already imported your Google Reader feeds and data, please give us which reader you switched to inside comments section below.



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