There is no doubt that you have heard about the uproar on Twitter and the blogosphere: Google Reader is shutting down.

As of July 1, 2013 Google will discontinue Google Reader and shut down the site. A lot of people, who have been using Buffer with Google Reader got in touch with us yesterday asking if there is any way to keep reading their RSS feeds whilst sharing their articles with Buffer. And most importantly a Google Reader alternative to be safe after the site shuts down.

And fortunately, the answer is yes. There are a few amazing apps you can check out that come with full Buffer integration who are awesome Google Reader alternatives. Here is a list of the top 8:

1.) Feedly (Web, iPhone & iPad)

Without doubt Feedly tops the list. Feedly comes with full Buffer support for both the web and iOS. And the integration, so users tell us, is the most seamless way to share great articles, links and more with Buffer.

Top choice of our Google Reader alternatives: Feedly

On top of that Feedly also announced that they will be a complete replacement for Google Reader. They have created a clone of the Google Reader API and so will create their own infrastructure to support your RSS feeds. Just sign up with Google Reader and you are safe.

Top choice of our Google Reader alternatives: Feedly


2.) Reeder (iPhone)

Another one of the favorite apps to used together with Buffer is Reeder. The app, shortly after the Google announcement, also promised all users that their support will continue.


As for Buffer integration, Reeder has one of the slickest way to Buffer your articles from iPhone with the click of a button:

Top choice of our Google Reader alternatives: Reeder


3.) Caffeinated (Mac) 

Another beautiful way to keep reading your RSS feeds was announced by Caffeinated. It’s a slick Mac app that lets you add to Buffer super easily whenever you are reading an article:

4.) Feeddler (iPhone)

Another great RSS reader for the iPhone also came to rescue for die hard Google Reader fans. Anyone who is using Feeddler on the iPhone with their RSS feeds connected will be able to do so even after Google shuts down Google Reader.

And the Buffer integration works super slick on Feeddler:


5.) Mr. Reader (iPad)

A fantastic way to keep using your RSS feeds from Google Reader for the iPad comes from Mr.Reader. It’s a beautiful app that comes with one of the most advanced Buffer integrations:

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Mr.Reader let’s you create templates of how you want to share articles with Buffer. You can for example always use “quotes” a “via username” or a default link shortening option this way:


So Google Reader is dead – and that’s a good thing! 

Although at first I was at grief about the death of Google Reader I soon realized what lots of others have noted by now. The fact that Google Reader is dead is awesome. It will allow for lots of innovation in the space to happen that couldn’t before as Google Reader wasn’t changing.

Marco Arment put it very well:

“we’re finally likely to see substantial innovation and competition in RSS desktop apps and sync platforms for the first time in almost a decade.”

And the fact that this isn’t just a prediction, but something that’s actually happening was quickly proven by Feedly. The startup has built a Google Reader API clone called “Normandy” that will have the exact capabilities that Google Reader had.

And now imagine a few months down the road the amazing things Feedly will be able to build as they continue to innovate as a platform from now onwards. I expect some incredible new things to happen here in the near future. I predict that a few years from now we might joyfully pronounce today even “happy Google-Reader-is-dead day”.

I hope the above apps will help you to seamlessly migrate from Google Reader to other awesome apps. What are your thoughts on these recent developments? Do you see it as much of an opportunity of new awesome things to happen as I do? 

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Written by Leo Widrich

Co-founder and COO at Buffer. I enjoy working on company culture, customer development and marketing. For more personal posts, check out leostartsup.

  • jsmurd

    I like Feedly but I’m not using the service because it doesn’t work with Safari for Mac yet. I’ve been using my Mac more than my iPhone. I would really love to start using Feedly in Safari as soon as possible.

    • LeoWid

      Hi @dfb236cb2a2464aa70a78bde916294fc:disqus that’s a great point. I’m not quite sure they have this feature yet, but if anything, I think they will be working on this for sure. You can try tweeting @edwk on Twitter, who is always super responsive about this! 🙂

    • Safari User

      Have you tried it? I’m using it right now. What about Feedly on Safari isn’t working?

  • It is the normal evolution of technology. I have been looking at my Google RSS feeds with Feedly and then posted what I needed in Buffer. I guess, I just have to go into all the RSS subscriptions and put them straight into Feedly :).

    • LeoWid

      Hi Wendy, that sounds like an amazing way to go about it, you’ve been ahead of the curve for sure. I’m very excited to see what’ll happen next!

  • So basically Android users are out of luck, as per usual.

    • LeoWid

      Hi Wil, definitely, that’s a great point. On Android Feedly should work too if you download the Buffer Android app here: It should appear in the share menu from Feedly after you’ve downloaded both apps! On top of Feedly this will also work in any other app you have! 🙂

      • Yup, already tried Feedly for Android – not that impressed; too image oriented for my taste, though I may not have looked at the option too in-depth. Currently using Press by 25Squares – they are actively looking at possible solutions.

        • Simon Hampel

          I found the same with Feedly for Android. While the desktop version of Feedly gives some extra display options which allows you to operate more closely to what Reader had, the Andoid client goes mostly image-based and doesn’t allow me to turn off the annoying “featured” items which it (incorrectly) believes I will think are important and makes it too difficult to get to the rest of the content. It is also rather un-intuitive when it comes to marking items as read, I can never tell if I’m marking an item read or the entire feed. Just give me a button or at least a menu item!

  • Simon Hampel

    One of the reasons I like Reader was that it was truly cross-platform. I regularly use it on my desktop, my phone and my tablet and it was one of the few web apps that actually worked well on my old Nokia N900. I’m a little disappointed that the “top 5” posted here only has one web-enabled option and the others are all Apple-only.

    • LeoWid

      Hi Simon, great to hear from you and that’s a great point, I should have definitely highlighted that more clearly. I’ve briefly mentioned to Wil above, on Android Feedly should work too if you download the Buffer Android app here:…. It should appear in the share menu from Feedly after you’ve downloaded both apps! On top of Feedly this will also work in any other app you have! 🙂

      • Well, Mr. Hampel actually meant the opposite. He’s worried about the lack of choice on desktop/web, not on mobile. I would be pleased if you could work with to integrate Buffer with them.

        PS: Any news on the Google+ integration? 😉

    • Jason Darrell

      Simon, hi.

      Have you thought about an RSS to e-mail service?

      I’ve gone with Blogtrottr – it’s totally free, has unlimited feeds, you can pause and delete feeds once added to your subscriptions and even change the ‘subject’ so that when the feed is delivered as an e-mail, you can easily use filters in GMail to keep separate folders for each of your feed URLs.

      You can even choose the frequency of delivery, anything from real time to daily digest (24 hours).

      Honestly, I wished I’d done it years ago.

      You can use Google Takeout to extract all of your Reader RSS feeds as an XML file and save it on your desktop, or wherever.

      Then create your Blogtrottr account and upload that XML file by choosing the ‘import OPML’ option in the dashboard.

      You’ll be presented with a list of all of your feeds under ‘Your Subscriptions’, which you can then go into and amend as described above.

      If you simply want to have each RSS feed send a daily digest e-mail, you can ‘bulk action’ the frequency to save you having to go into each feed.

      It’s certainly more flexible than any of the readers that have been offered up since the announcement of Reader’s impending demise and you have the benefit of reading your updates in the (relative) privacy of your inbox.

      And it works great on desktop PC or Android.

      Let me know how you get on, bud.

  • David Bennett

    All those readers aren’t going to work for Feedburner feeds if Google shuts Feedburner down – as it surely must because it is the other side of the coin that Google says that no one is spending.

    So is there something that will do both ends – take over Feedburner seamlessly and be the reader as well?

    • LeoWid

      Hi David, great to hear from you and yes, that’s a great point. In fact, Feedly is going to exactly do that. Not only will they replace Google Reader, but they will also build an exact API clone of it so that you can have both sides of it. Hope that helps, let me know if you’ve got any more thoughts on this! 🙂

  • Great alternatives to Google Reader… for the iPhone, iPad, Mac…
    Leo, you’re not an Apple user by any chance? 😉
    Might be good to update with some Android apps too otherwise us Android users might feel a little left out to put it mildly.
    I’m hoping with the cloned API from feedly that I can continue to use NewsRob for Android and IFTTT will add a feedly channel.

  • For me, Mr. Reader for iPad is the unchallenged champion. Mr. Reader is programmed and designed with so much passion for detail that all other RSS readers for the iPad seem to be defective…

  • Ed

    hi! seen my comment over here? i use feedly in my safari browser under osx 10.7.5. on feedly there are several icons but no buffer-icon showing up. And the Feedly-Bookmarklet i checked here doesn’t work as well. Any advice for me?

  • G-Reader was one of the inputs of Flipboard, which is my base for Pocket that drives my Buffer. My Klout will drastically decline now that I will lose my +100 RSS subscriptions 🙂

    • Installed Feedly … problem solved 🙂
      Only question remains: how can we have Feedly take over the RSS feed subscriptions when G-Reader is gone in july? Let’s find out!

  • I use an Android app called GReader. It can sync with Google Reader, but it’s not required and the app will continue working after Google Reader shuts down, however the author of the app is exploring other options for 2-way syncing for after July 1st. I can share from GReader to the Buffer app on my Android devices as well. =)

  • Ryan Cruz

    I’m using Feedly, and I love it. But for my mobile devices, flipboard works great with me.

  • Feedly is good. Thank you for sharing this post. I’m going to use Twitter and make lists…, for some time, but… Don’t have any other idea now.

  • Drat … a day late on this. Figures! I love buffer and just changed to NetVibes in lieu of Google Reader. Maybe some enterprising folks will start cross-platform scheduling (hello!)

  • Leo, Is there a way to export starred items in Google Reader? I use Mr. Reader on my iPad – so when Google Reader goes away later this year, will those items remain linked, or will I need to download them / bookmark them individually? If so, is there a way to do that?

    • LeoWid

      Hi Jarrod,

      Awesome to have you stop by and that’s a brilliant question, I hope I can help out.

      The best way for you to be safe and to not lose them is to simply connect your Google Reader account with Feedly. Feedly will then save all your RSS subscriptions and create a system that works just like Google Reader right now.

      On top of that, I’m 100% sure that Mr.Reader will look into a similar thing. He might either just let you connect with Feedly from now onwards or do something similar like that. Either way, I think you don’t have to worry! 🙂

      Hope that helps!

  • Any suggestion for Windows Phone 8? 🙂

    • Ok I decided to go with nextgen reader! Fits my needs very well! btw I wrote a post about my favorite win 8 apps here: (unfortunately only in

  • Norwood Orrick

    So I’m trying Feedly for Chrome and the text produced with the Buffer button includes the words “via Feedly” and I can’t find a way to turn “via Feedly” off…

    • Mario Burkhardt

      same issue here, i have to delete this manually every time…

  • ncompass

    What I find so annoying is that I have to install yet another extension to make this happen. I just want to use my Browser

  • I can not find how to integrate Bufffer. Help me, please

    • LeoWid

      Hi Daniel, that’s a great one! Oh right, so with Caffeinated, there should just be a “add to Buffer” in the dropdown on the top right – do you see it there at all?

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  • Piotr Yordanov

    I’m on a mac, so fine, i can try out some of the product you mention. Buy what abwt windows/linux peeps? 😛

  • Thanks for this! I was looking for something that was compatible with Buffer – checking out Feedly now. 🙂

  • What about those of us who don’t use iPhones or iPads? Where are the Android and Surface RT apps??

  • Actually to those of us with more sense than money there’s only one choice – Feedly It works fine on Android too.

  • We added Buffer support to from day one! You mention competition and innovation but a lot of these feed readers are fundamentally the same as Google Reader. Rivered tries to do things a bit differently – it’s a ‘River’ of news instead of an inbox. It’s a bit like Twitter in that respect really; you dip in and out of the content you’re interested in without the pressure of unread item counts or whatever.

  • Thank you this post is brilliant. Currently I subscribe to new blogs using the ‘subscribe’ bookmarklet in my toolbar. Then confirm subscription in google reader, I then use feedler to read on my iPad. I’m confused though, as I read that I can continue to use feedler, but how do I add new subscriptions after google reader is gone.

  • Rach

    Advice needed. I use Mr Reader on ipad, Feedly on iphone and Reeder on my MAC – they are all sync to google reader account. When google reader is killed off, I know that Feedly will continue to work as they are working on a back end solution. What will happen to Mr Reader ipad and Reeder mac? Will they be able to keep in sync with Feedly? or is that a silly question….what should I be doing here?!

  • google reader isnt easy to replace,and feedly,at present,is a very feeble alternative.i cant play the podcastfeeds i subscribe in reader,in feedly after syncing.neither all my feeds are reader is an enormous tool with sturdiness to withstand thousands of subscriptions.everyone else,fall short.demise of google reader is a colossal loss.

  • kerstin from

    Leo , nice article!

    You guys should consider giving a look as well, it’s a very different kind of alternative to Google Reader with full flexibility. It turns shortened rss to clean full text rss feeds and send rss articles as full articles to email, and group of users. Furthermore, it works well with any other rss feed on the market as well and services like Instapaper, Pocket, Evernote…etc