The days of reading websites with RSS feeds are slowly fading away, but Google Chrome on Android has a similar feature. You can “Follow” websites to put them on your new tab page. We’ll show you how it works.
Chrome 92 for Android introduced the “Web Feed” feature, which essentially allows you to subscribe to websites to see new articles on the new tab page—aka Chrome’s homepage. At the time of writing, this feature is in beta and requires a Chrome flag.
Warning: The features put behind Chrome Flags are there for a reason. They can be unstable, negatively affect the performance of your browser, and may disappear without notice. Enable flags at your own risk.
related: How to Enable Google Chrome Flags to Test Beta Features
How to Enable Chrome’s Web Feed on Android
First, open the Google Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet and type
chrome://flags in the address bar.
Next, type “web feed” into the search box at the top of the page. This will present a flag with the same name.
Select the corresponding drop-down menu for the web feed and select “Enabled” from the pop-up menu.
Chrome will ask you to restart the browser for the changes to apply. Click the blue “Relaunch” button and wait for the Chrome app to open back up.
How to Use Chrome’s Web Feed on Android
Now that we have the flag enabled, we can try out this feature. First, visit the website that you like to read frequently. Next, tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
At the bottom of the menu, you’ll see the website’s name and a “Follow” button. Just tap on the button.
pay attention: At the time of writing, this feature is still ongoing. You may not see it even after enabling the flag.
A message will appear at the bottom of the screen that says “Followed” [website name” along with a shortcut to the feed.
To get to the feed without the shortcut, tap the home icon in the top bar.
Underneath your frequently visiting websites, there are now two tabs: “For You” and “Following.” Go to the “Following” tab to see new articles from the sites you follow.
To adjust what shows up in the Following tab, tap the gear icon and select “Manage.”
From here, go to “Following” and then uncheck any websites you don’t want to see anymore.
The other option from the menu is “Turn Off,” which will simply disable the Following feed.
That’s it! You’ve now got a simplified version of an RSS reader inside of the Chrome browser. This feature is still in the early stages, so expect it to get better over time.
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