How to make feedly your default rss reader in Chrome

Do you love feedly as much as I do? Here’s a short 3 minute lesson on how to make it your default rss reader:

Here’s the text to copy and paste:

Of course, you can also subscribe using the Feedly Mini button but if you’re used to using that RSS icon this will help! Questions? Feedback?

10 thoughts on “How to make feedly your default rss reader in Chrome

  1. Appreciate the time you must have put into figuring this one out (it was driving me nuts that I couldn’t make Feedly my default in Chrome).

    However, your idea doesn’t work for me.

    Every time I try to use it to add a feed to Feedly, Feedly pops-up with the message, “Feedly was not able to load feed: feed/[action.subscribe]”

    (That’s one example, from HowToGeek’s feed, but I get the same error for all of the feeds I’ve tried).

    Any ideas?


      1. Tom, I’m sorry if my temporary fix did not work for you. One of the challenges that feedly users face is that the product is in ‘hyper development’ mode and is changing rapidly. Rather than using my shortcut, I suggest using the ‘feedly mini’ palette. Check that it is turned on in your preferences and then use that to add sites to feedly by clicking the top button in the palette. Sound good?


      2. Yeah, Tom, you’re right! Thanks for sussing it out…

        btw, I was having some problems with Feedly not marking scrolled items as read on the mobile side and not syncing with Google Reader starred items [I still use that to trigger some events via] but everything seems to be working fine after the update to the mobile apps yesterday. How’re things going in your feedly world?


  2. Hi Todd, Thank you for providing this info! I followed your process and have Feedly set as my default. I copied the code you provide and It looks like it should be working, but I tried adding your site’s RSS feed to Feedly and get this message:
    Feedly was not able to load feed:

    When I choose Outlook or Google Reader it loads fine. Any ideas what’s going wrong?


  3. I installed feedly as a means to provide a reader for a podcast.xml file. however, when I enter a URL such as
    into the chrome browser, or send someone that URL as a link, it doesn’t automatically open in feedly, it just shows the podcast.xml text. If I open the subscription to this page directly in feedly, it displays fine. But I would like the link know that it should open in feedly. Any insights?


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