Importing your Google Reader Takeout into Feedly

Google allows Google Reader users to download an archive of their Google Reader information using the Google Takeout Service.

If you have exported your data and are wondering on to import them into feedly, here are some instructions to help you out:

1) Download your Google Reader archive from the Google Takeout service.

2) Expand the archive and locate a file called subscriptions.xml

3) Login to feedly at

4) After login, go to and import subscriptions.xml

This will help you populate your feedly with all your Google Reader feeds and categories.

A few users have asked us to enhance the import and allow import of starred.json. We will look into this later this month so if this is important to you, please keep the content of your takeout file.

We hope this helps. If you have any questions, please post a comment and we will try to answer them.


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50 thoughts on “Importing your Google Reader Takeout into Feedly”

  1. Tried to this but still get a black screen at step 3. And the “feedly is over capacity” message. Hopefully this will work out as the traffic evens out.

  2. If i import my google Reader Takeout into my feedly account will it merge with the list of rss feeds i’ve alredy imported (when Google reaader was alive) or will i get some feeds in double ?
    Sorry for my poor english, i hope you understood my question.

    1. I’m worried about this too – and confused. I thought I was doing a sensible thing by importing from Google before Reader was discontinued, but now I’m wondering whether I should do this export/import thing you’re talking about, given that I already migrated… is it worth it to get my starred items? And will doing a second import affect my current feedly data?

      Also, I’m still logging in with my google ID. Is this going to be changed so that we have Feedly IDs? I really want to ditch my Google account and close it, so I’m interested to know.


  3. And how does this work for those of us on mobile when cloud.feedly keeps redirecting to the mobile site? I can extract the subscription file just fine onto my device and assume I wouldn’t have a problem uploading it except that I can’t get to anywhere to login. With what, my Google account? What is your solution for mobile only (app only) users? I’ve emailed you all with no response. Additionally, what has happened to feeds I manually added to feedly? Those are gone as well.

  4. I wish this was true, but it is not:
    – The import is faulty, as is the remix into different categories
    – in Just Reader connected to Feedly I now see categories I cannot even see nor manage on Feedly’s site, eg “global.must”, “local” etc.
    – the feed content of category folders does not matcht the real content of news these feeds were supposed to collect.
    – although I do not understand the mechanisms of RSS news pulling/formatting I now see serious speed issues (awfully slow collection of my 28 feeds) as well as extremely odd formatting issues of the news articles themselves.

    Overall I feel betrayed by Google’s abandoning their RSS feed collection. It was one I could really rely on when speed reading international news.

    1. The “global.must” thing has been bugging me too since I downloaded Reeder 2 for iOS and it mysteriously appeared. But I’ve now sussed out what it is. Like me, you must have used the Feedly iOS app and at some point you will have marked one or more feeds as ‘must reads’ and that created a special folder in the Feedly iOS app. When you import Feedly into other iOS feed readers then that ‘must read’ folder appears as ‘global.must’. The same thing will explain the appearance of ‘local’.

      Solution? Simple. Open the Feedly iOS app and go to the feeds that are in the Must Read folder and demote each one (easy to do – just click on the three vertical dots and the option to demote is about three down the list).

      I hope this helps.

  5. I keep being redirected from the cloud site, I am on an Android tablet PC, how are those of us on Mobile/Android Tablet PC’s supposed to get this to work? Is there another solution? I don’t have a windows PC. Thanks

  6. Hi, an idea for improvement.
    Sometimes i don’t remember i have some “saved for later” posts.
    It’ll be usefull insert near the button the number of posts i have in, as other category.

    It’s possible? Thanks

  7. also, please restore items that were tagged on feedly prior to the cloud switch. after the cloud switch feedly lost both my original tagged items imported from google as well as newly tagged items tagged in feedly.

  8. I moved to Feedly some time ago and all was well. Now there is nothing, just a blank page asking me to add content. I followed your instructions for Takeout, however, there is no Google Reader archive available. So, have you lost everything then?

      1. Same story here. The best I can do is re-import my subscriptions with this method and then, again, lose all my starred and unread/read items. :(
        This is not a fun first experience with Feedly.

  9. What’s the latest on importing Starred content? and what about Tags? This has significant impact on a small business (travel consulting database of online articles), so please let me know if you’re making progress toward including tags and/or stars! Thanks for all you’ve done so far and keep up the good work!

    If it makes sense, feel free to contact me directly via email.

  10. You promised to look into importing the starred items in July but haven’t heard anything since. Any movement on this front?

  11. Hi. You guys have done a great job. I’m eagerly awaiting import of starred items. Will this be a good place to find out when it’s implemented?

  12. Guys, I love feedly but I *really* would like to import my google reader starred items and I cannot find an easy way to do that (for feedly or ANY of the other popular rss readers on the web). Help!

  13. It’s a must. And it’s so important because Feedly dumped 2/3 of my starred items during initial transition from greader to feedly. I’ve had 2 accounts and lost over 3000 starred items.

  14. We are September 24 and I still can not import the subscription.xml file into installed feedy on my samsung galaxy note 2. The links you sent below only points to installing feedy.

    Hope you will update these instructions to allow import of the xml file.

    Thanks Nabil

    On Wednesday, 10 July 2013, Building Feedly wrote: > @feedly posted: “Google allows Google Reader users to download an archive of their Google Reader information using the Google Takeout Service. If you have exported your data and are wondering on to import them into feedly, here are some instructions to help you out: ” >

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