google reader shutdown

Export google reader subscriptions using google takeout

google reader shutdown

Why should I collect my google reader feeds?

If you are not living under a stone you must be already familiar with the news that Google Reader is going to shut down on July 1st 2013. If you are an avid Google Reader fan like me, this is bad news for us.

However, lots of alternatives have popped up in the wake of Reader shutdown. And whether we like it or not, we have to migrate all our feeds from Google Reader to another reader of our choice. With Feedly claiming 500,000 migrations since the shutdown news, this has been my personal choice.

Whatever the reader alternative you choose, the easiest way to migrate your google reader feeds to the new reader is to get all your feeds in one place. This will avoid misplaced subscriptions and will be a much simple and clean process.

I get it. So how do I get the google reader subscriptions?

Google Takeout has made it easier and straight forward for you to perform this migration. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Login to Google Takeout with your google reader account credentials.

2. On the next page, click on “Choose Services” tab.

google reader services

3. Then Click on “Reader” button. Your file size will be estimated and displayed to you on the screen.

google reader file size

4. Finally click on the “Create Archive” button. This will create the archive of your reader subscriptions. You will be provided with a download link for your Google reader archive. You can use this archive to import it into another RSS reader.

google reader download

5. If you download the archive, a zip file will be stored on your local computer. It will have the following files in the zip folder:

google reader zip content


Have you created an archive of your Google Reader subscriptions? Which alternative reader have you chosen? Please let me know in the comments.

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