Safari Viewer, San Francisco and 3D touch – New feedly for iOS

feedly for iOS 9

The new feedly for iOS is available for download in the App Store. This update takes advantage of the enhancements in iOS 9, reduces crashes, and improves battery consumption.

Get feedly for iOS

01. Safari viewer

Safari viewer

We integrated feedly with the new iOS 9 Safari viewer so that when you open websites you can take advantage of the full power of Safari.

02. San Francisco font

San Francisco Font

As part of iOS 9, Apple designed a new font called San Francisco which is more readable at small sizes and more beautiful when used for headlines. For those using this new operating system, we transitioned feedly’s fonts from Helvetica to San Francisco to take advantage of those new features. We are also offering you an option to use San Francisco as the default article font, if you prefer a sans serif reading experience.

03. No more background activity

Your battery is going to love this change.

04. Home screen quick actions

feedly home screen quick actions

If you are running iPhone 6s, you can force touch the feedly app icon and quickly jump to your today, your must reads, your saved storied, or the explore section.

05. Fixes a few crashes

There were a few crash reports in the reviews. We hate crashes as much as anybody else, so we took the time to rewrite how webpages are loaded in feedly and optimize what happens when you swipe from one story to another. This should result in fewer crashes.

Get feedly for iOS

We are excited to check off one of the items in the roadmap we shared with the community last week.

-Michal, Arthur and Edwin

Author: @feedly

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112 thoughts on “Safari Viewer, San Francisco and 3D touch – New feedly for iOS”

    1. Sorry. There seems to be a bug which prevents the app to launch on iOS 8. The dev team is working on a fix. As soon as the fix is ready, we will push v30.1 to Apple for review. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    2. Apple expedited the review of 30.1.0. The fix to this issue is out. Please upgrade to the latest version in the App Store and you should be able to start the app. Happy reading! -Edwin

  1. I just updated Feedly on my iPhone 6 running iOS 8.4.1 and it crashes immediately upon trying to open the app. I deleted and redownloaded, I did a hard reboot; no improvement. I will try to revert to the previous version using iTunes but that doesn’t always work. I’d rather not update to iOS 9.x yet if I can help it. Is this issue known and is there a fix in the works?

    1. Sorry. There seems to be a bug which prevents the app to launch on iOS 8. The dev team is working on a fix. As soon as the fix is ready, we will push v30.1 to Apple for review. Sorry for the inconvenience!

      1. Fortunately, I was able to revert to an old version using iTunes. Thanks for the reply!

        For others that don’t want to wait for the fix, delete Feedly on your device, connect to iTunes, go to the App section on the sync menu, and directly install Feedly from there. As long as you haven’t updated the app within iTunes (I think generally this has to be done manually or when you sync) it will install the old version. You’ll have to log in to Feedly again, of course.

    2. Apple expedited the review of 30.1.0. The fix to this issue is out. Please upgrade to the latest version in the App Store and you should be able to start the app. Happy reading! -Edwin

    1. Sorry. There seems to be a bug which prevents the app to launch on iOS 8. The dev team is working on a fix. As soon as the fix is ready, we will push v30.1 to Apple for review. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    2. Apple expedited the review of 30.1.0. The fix to this issue is out. Please upgrade to the latest version in the App Store and you should be able to start the app. Happy reading! -Edwin

  2. Are the gestures intended to work with the new magical Safari viewer? It’s really a pain the ass to always hit the done button. It would be nice to have a done button on both sides also since I don’t hold my iPad with my right hand at the top and it’s just a unnatural move to hit the done button.

    1. Yepp, some gestures would be great. I always used the “pull to clos” function, that no longer works. On the other hand, the safari integration ist great.

          1. I subscribe to this. Issues due to lost state (i.e. restarting from the start page) when having switched out of the app require opening the articles in chrome or safari anyway, when anything that may require full browser functionality (e.g. use of synced passwords) is intended. With the loss of gestures and feedly-specific buttons, I currently see only disadvantages in the new solution.

            Looking forward to the fix!

      1. Now feedly has started opening articles in Chrome. Which is even worse than opening them in the Safari overlay. Please return the old builtin browser!

    1. No short term plans for offline sync at this point. There are some really good 3rd party applications which integrate with feedly and have support for offline sync.

  3. I just updated Feedly 30.0.0 on my iPhone 4 running iOS 7.1.2 and it crashes immediately upon trying to open the app. I deleted and redownloaded, I did a hard reboot; no improvement. Is this issue known and is there a fix in the works?

    1. Yes. Sorry. There is a bug on both iOS 7 and iOS 8 which prevents the application from launching. We fix the bug and submitted 30.1 to Apple for review last night. We will release it as soon as the review is finalized. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    2. Apple expedited the review of 30.1.0. The fix to this issue is out. Please upgrade to the latest version in the App Store and you should be able to start the app. Happy reading! -Edwin

    1. Yes. Sorry. There is a bug on both iOS 7 and iOS 8 which prevents the application from launching. We fix the bug and submitted 30.1 to Apple for review last night. We will release it as soon as the review is finalized. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  4. Guys, I know that for you I’m just a random person on the internet, but please hear me out.
    What you’ve done with this Safari viewer is bad for one very important reason: previously (as far as I remember) you could see the article fast and then use swipe back gesture to go back to the new one. Now, it’s impossible to use swipe back, because of the way how you arranged buttons, with close button at the right top corner, and so using app with just one hand is terrible experience suddenly. Please, rearrange this preview window in the way that it will be possible to swipe back from the safari screen. (also I’m free to hire as a junior ux guy so we could improve your app 200% :) )

    1. Hi Stas. Thanks for the feedback. We are going to work on adding a close gesture to the Safari Viewer. We need to look into it but it should be possible because some other apps do it. Stay tuned.

  5. I’m running iOS 8 on an iPhone 4S and Feedly won’t open since I applied the last update. It flickers and then immediately returns to the homepage. Resetting the phone didn’t fix the issue.

    1. Yes. Sorry. There is a bug on both iOS 7 and iOS 8 which prevents the application from launching. We fix the bug and submitted 30.1 to Apple for review last night. We will release it as soon as the review is finalized. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  6. Here’s some good news…I’m on 9.1 and Feedly doesn’t crash, San Francisco looks good, SVC works for me too. But, I cannot get ‘Edge to Next/Prev’ to work on my iPhone 6 or iPad Air 1. Tapping appears to do nothing :-(

  7. Feedly.com in Safari on an iPad is giving me no option but to install the iOS app. I much prefer the web version on my iPad. Please fix your website to allow people past the mobile app wall.

    1. Hi
      I have the same problem.
      Much prefer the web version on my iphone. I get simple text reader headlines which I find much easier to browse through. Please don’t force people like me off safari needlessly

  8. I’m on the Feedly version that just came out today on ios 9.0.2 on my iphone 6s. I can browse through headlines and open up the summary page, but when I click to view the article in safari, the screen turns white and I can’t get out of it without force closing the app. Please help.

    Also, being an iphone 6s owner I love the quick actions. I would also be great to add peek and pop in there to view the article summary and then to pop completely into the article in safari. Love the app guys. My #1 news reader. Thanks.

  9. What happened to the feature where you could tap the right edge of the screen for “next” and the left edge for “previous”? Was this removed on purpose?

  10. Hate the safari reading. Once the article opens in safari reading view, all feedly functions are lost. Cannot swipe to close the article. On the 6S Plus, I have to go all the way to the top to close out of the article. Give us a choice to choose if we want the feature or not instead of making it a default.

    1. Safari is half-good.
      In addition to losing the easy closing (done on right side then back on left) and swiping to next/previous, we also lost the possibility to mark “save for later”. The latter is useful when following links and meeting an article we want to keep.
      On the other side, we gained the ‘uncluttered’ view of Safari :-)

      Can you get us the best of both ?

  11. Personally I don’t like the safari-integration, because it takes away the “swipe to the next article”-experience that I’ve come to like. Youtube movies now take me away from Feedly too, don’t like that either. Is there an option to not take advantage of these new options?

  12. New update cannot allow to scroll the list of section when I choose to save to OneNote.
    The list is frozen.

  13. The new Safari viewer integration broke my ability to share from the full page web view. The Feedly functions/sharing choices now disappear from the top of the app when using the Visit Website button. Some articles can’t be shared without going to the web view. Please bring it back or give me an option to use the old method.

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  15. The new safari viewer sucks! If I wanted to browse in safari I would have!!! Seriously what the … is the improvement in this change, all I can see is lost functionality, and worse ux.

    Guess It’s time to see if flipboard is less annoying.

  16. V 30.1.0 don’t work on IOS 9.0.2 in IPhone 5s. Only blank Screen after open an article..checki’n out some other readers.. :-/

  17. Bye feedly – hello feeddler..it was a nice time..but V30.0.0 AND V30.1.0 ant nothing worked..bad quality control..

  18. You could always switch to Safari from feedly. Now You have Safari only and none of the features every reader needs. No fast switching to next artcle, no remove clutter …

    I don’t know what You are smoking, but obviously who guys have completely forgotten, what a RSS-reader is all about. You should apologise for this version and revert back as fast as possible.

    1. I would like to second ChristopherA:

      I use feedly on mobile to open up links within feedly and then Bookmark ones that I want to come back to ; now that’s not possible as you are forced into safari and have to read that article right now with no way to just mark it for reading later. BIG PROBLEM

      1. I frequently used to do this as well. I would appreciate the ability to turn off Safari as the internal browser and go back to the way it was before.

        1. Sadly they did. Now, if you click a link with Chrome chosen as preferred browser, it will go straight to Chrome; The Safari Overlay at least doesn’t force an app switch, which is both slow and may cause feedly to forget the position you were at (because feedly doesn’t preserve state when its memory is reclaimed by the OS; That’s also true for Android by the way).

          Also sites opened in Chrome stay open after clicking “back to feedly”, leaving you with numerous junk tabs in Chrome.

          Due to the change I actually switched to using Safari as default, so the change actually made things worse for me as a Chrome user.

  19. Love the new changes to the iOS app; would love it better if we could 3D Touch to “new”. Perhaps one option could match the default start page setting?

  20. My most-used feature before this update was to set Feedly on the dark theme and Remove Clutter. That provided a nice, clean experience and was useful to me when reading at night, along the lines of this explanation from another post on your blog:

    “‘Dark theme’ is optimized for reading in the dark (e.g. reading in your bed at night). The contrasts are lower so your eyes don’t get hurt.”

    With this recent update, the ability to use Feedly this way seems to have vanished -please consider making Safari integration optional for those of us who preferred other configurations.

  21. Please please please restore the swipe to close and swiping functions. This makes it impossible to use one handed efficiently.

  22. What is the dev team thinking? If I wanted to use safari I would have chosen it. Second guessing my decision to have renewed my pro membership. Instead of using safari how about the ability to read the whole article in feedly. The dev team needs to go back to the drawing board or bring back the old version.

  23. This change forcing me to use Safari to view articles is insane. If I wanted to use a browser I would have. Instead I’ve got all these tabs opening up that I have to manually close for each article. I really don’t know what you guys were thinking. This is the death of Feedly.

  24. Safari viewer is NOT useful. Old swipe next/back and remove clutter was really good. Hope you fix Feedly soon.

  25. Honestly, the big thing I still want is an option for the “…” to not show every sharing option. Specifically, it makes it impossible to view “browser and iOS sharing” on the iPhone in landscape mode. If I don’t have Facebook/Messenger/Twitter/Evernote/OneNote/Tag/etc login details filled out, don’t show it.

    I like the Safari browser option, though IMHO there are some tweaks that need to be made.
    1) Make the action of closing the Safari window also close the active article
    2) Changing between landscape and portrait doesn’t carry over between the browser tab and the main window.
    3) Doesn’t look like the Safari “tab” will use enabled ad-blockers.
    4) Make the Safari bit optional.

    Thanks for all the hard work!

  26. Agree this Safari browsing update sucks. You have removed dark reading theme and no clutter option, so reading in bed is too bright. Please revert.

  27. Really dislike the safari viewer. Totally bogs down my reading experience and is very frustrating. I hope this is removed/revamped very quickly or I will no longer be using feedly. Was my most used app, this is really disappointing.

  28. Safari viewer is not a good move. Will be moving away from feedly if the integrated browser is not put back into the next release. The fluidity and workflow of the app is completely ruined because of this.

  29. Agree with a above (Safari viewer is not a good move. Will be moving away from feedly if the integrated browser is not put back into the next release. The fluidity and workflow of the app is completely ruined because of this.)

    For me, the integrated browser gave me an easy save to Instapaper, which throws onto my Kindle every day. Now, this has been screwed up and I dont know why when you guys had it so right already!

  30. Hi,

    I have used feedly on iPhone, but since last update I can’t… Usability is lost (at least for for iOS 8). Before last update I could use one finger to move between articles while now I can’t! To say more – I have to switch between applications as page is opened in other app (safari) I can’t easily move back to feedly feeds!

    Please restore previous functionality or allow easy navigation between news pages and RSS lists.

  31. Please please please restore the previous controls setup for the story viewer. The Done button is on the wrong side for a left hand hold, and opposite from previous versions, and opposite the back arrow when moving up a folder. It requires a complete retraining. Also it’s harder to close the viewer now than it used to be.

  32. Yes please fix the awful issue forcing everything to go straight to safari, making me swap app back to feedly rather than just being able to double click back to the article list or swipe to next, and lost dark article view essential for reading at night.

  33. Ack………………this is miserable. Was considering PRO. WAS. Loved being able to quickly swipe through. Now opens in safari, then I reopen Feedly click on next back to safari, wash and repeat over and ov. Then close all open safari tabs. I’m not a techie but this is the wrong direction for Feedly. I lasted 4 min, please fix.

  34. It’s quite impressive to see so many people posting hysteric comments for a single wrong idea.
    Providing quick comments shouldn’t stop you guys to be polite and recognise the hard work and continuous improvement done by this team.

    Do you use the same approach in your face-to-face relationships ?

    1. I really do appreciate feedly work ;) but this one change broken feedly app usability.

      And if You ask – Yes I’d provide them the same feedback when talking face-to-face, I would even ask them to show me how this new version (that is missing gestures) is better than the old one… maybe they would reply that there is a trick to easily switch between feeds list and safari view…but as for now I’m not aware such trick ;)

  35. Welp, there goes my loyalty to feedly. “Remove clutter” was my favorite feature and the one I used to encourage other people to try it. No more proselytizing for me, I guess. And maybe no more feedly. :(

  36. adding my own comment re the SAFARI switch

    perhaps its easier for the programming staff in terms of future development but its a no win situation for me and many others who posted here.

    Is there a problem with the REMOVE CLUTTER option? that was GREAT. and kept you in Feedly and not in some other app (and i REALLY hate safari)

    i love your app and have for years… am a pro member but something like this = a major feature change with no heads up ?

    was there a poll or a test group?

    perhaps you can explain WHY you felt this drastic changes was important to make.

  37. Sadly, the browser issue prompted me to delete my Feedly. Safari kept refreshing over and over (it read “Reader View Available” in the browser at it transitioned, whatever that means). I couldn’t get through an article. Thanks for a great experience the last few years, but it no longer works on my iPad.

    1. Constant refreshing here too. It’s really obnoxious. Hoping you fix this issue very soon, or I will be looking for a new feed reader. Crashing and reloading have ruined the feedly experience.

  38. Not to jump on the bandwagon of the Safari issue but I am trying to figure out if my problem is specific to my setup or not. I have multiple feeds that open in the safari browser but as I am reading the article it refreshes. Is this just me or are other people getting this same issue

  39. Very good article, i just real all of most your article and i m impress by your writing skills. This article’s very good i am happy to read all your article.

  40. I also am having problems with the Safari viewer. I have a 5c with iOS 9 and the updated version of the app but the Safari viewer simply doesn’t work. I get a blank page with the buttons at the tip and bottom. To read the article I still have to open the Safari browser. Please fix. It’s making the app useless.

  41. Any chances the changes here affected GreaseMonkey scripts such as Colorful Feedly? That’s one script I’ve always found useful to help see different feeds when they’re all grouped together in one category. It’s not perfect, but makes reading a more pleasant experience.

    1. Feedly seems to have become complete amateurs.
      They release an app to iOS 8, but haven’t even tested that the app can launch.
      And this happened for several versions. Apparently Feedly does not learn from their mistakes.
      Some of us want or need to be on iOS 8 a little longer, so please release a version of Feedly that works for us.
      Or give us a warning before every new untested release, so we can disable auto updating.

  42. With the latest update you’ve re-enabled the ability to swipe right to close in Safari viewer and edge taps for next/previous articles. But it only seems to work for me when “open directly” is not enabled. You’ve actually added a shortcut that requires more steps…

  43. V.31 crashes under iOS 8.4.1 on iPad and iPhone. The developer says, “don’t install it” but who reads it? You better Don’t publish crappy updates instead.

  44. I updated to the latest version on iOS, and was very excited to get swipe to close integrated into the browser. But, it’s not working. Checked all settings, not sure where I turn this on?

  45. ***MAJOR UPDATE 31.0.0 ALERT FOR IOS7 AND IOS8 USERS***

    I am a iPhone4 user. My iPhone 4 is running iOS7 and as you know I can’t upgrade to a newer iOS because Apple decided that iPhone 4 and older will NOT upgrade to any future iOS update. Apple is starting to break one major rule in Computers and Systems that is called the RETRO-COMPATIBILITY. This politics to break this rule is intended to force users to buy new hardware. Everyone know that and seem to accept that silently, or sometimes by just telling ironically “buy Android..”… I have to say that my iPhone 4 (that was a gift from a friend btw) is running very good and that I use it everyday, I use Google Inbox, Twitter, Apple Podcast, and lot of other apps. I love my iPhone because of the OS that is very ergonomic and because of the great hardware reliability. Why would I need to buy an iPhone 6 as my iPhone 4 is running perfectly?

    TODAY, in the update notification center, I saw the major update 31.0.0 of Feedly starting with these words:
    ********[Please do not upgrade if you are using iOS7 or iOS8]********

    What’s going on Feedly Team? DOES IT MEAN THAT YOUR ARE STOPPING iOS7 AND iOS8 SUPPORT?
    btw, I can imagine that the majority of user didn’t read this information, and did an upgrade What will happen for them?

    Feedly Team please consider seriously my question. If you stop iOS7 and iOS8 support, it will be a great loss for a lot of users, and I will then have to ask you seriously why an RSS aggregator would absolutely need the last iOS, or perhaps are you playing the same game as Apple politics against your will?

    Thank you for your answer.

  46. Thanks for the great app, really appreciate the new Safari view mode, everything’s working for me except the silde over mode on my iPad Air. It just looks like the content doesn’t fit in it, like I am seeing only the left half of the full view, so it’s just not usable. And if I open the full view mode right after this it looks the way it should look in slide over mode! The app takes only the left third of the screen. Am I the only one experiencing this problem? Got the last iOS version and no jailbreak, tried to re-install the app but that didn’t help.

  47. Is there going to be an update available for iOS 7 users soon? I can’t get the latest update because you are telling us not to download it.
    I really like feedly, but I don’t like being left out of updates.

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