The days of reading websites with RSS feeds are slowly fading, but Google Chrome on Android has similar functionality. You can “Follow” websites to put them on your New Tab page. We will show you how it works.
Chrome 92 for Android introduced the “Web Feed” feature, which basically allows you to subscribe to websites to see new articles on the New Tab page, which is the Chrome home page. At the time of writing, the feature is in beta and requires a Chrome flag.
Warning: The features behind the Chrome flags are there for a reason. They may be unstable, may have a negative impact on your browser performance, and may disappear without notice. Activate the indicators at your own risk.
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How to enable Chrome web feed on Android
First, open the Google Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet and type
chrome://flags in the address bar.
Then type “Web feed” in the search box at the top of the page. This will bring up a flag of the same name.
Select the corresponding drop-down menu for the web feed and select âOnâ from the pop-up menu.
Chrome will ask you to restart the browser to apply the changes. Click on the blue “Relaunch” button and wait for the Chrome application to reopen.
How to use Chrome web feed on Android
Now that the flag is on, we can try the feature out. First, visit a website that you like to read often. Next, tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
At the very bottom of the menu, you will see the name of the website and a “Follow” button. Just push the button.
To note: As of this writing, this feature is still being rolled out. You might not see it even after activating the flag.
A message will appear at the bottom of the screen stating âFollow[websitenameâwithashortcuttostream[websitenameâalongwithashortcuttothefeed[nomdusiteÂ WebÂ Â»avecunraccourciversleflux[websitenameâalongwithashortcuttothefeed
To access the feed without the shortcut, tap the home icon on the top bar.
Under your frequently visited websites, there are now two tabs: âFor youâ and âTo be continuedâ. Go to the “Follow-up” tab to see new articles from the sites you follow.
To adjust what is displayed on the Next tab, tap the gear icon and select âManageâ.
From there, go to “Next” and then uncheck the websites you no longer want to see.
The other menu option is “Disable”, which will simply disable the next stream.
That’s it! You now have a simplified version of an RSS reader in the Chrome browser. This feature is still in its infancy, so expect it to improve over time.
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