How to Add Google Reader to Your iPad or iPhone

by heirtoblair on October 5, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I love blogs. I read roughly 100 blogs, ranging from friends to folks who don’t know I exist, from parenting to faith to do-it-yourself. So hi, I’m Beth Anne & I’m a blog-aholic.

I keep them all organized in my Google Reader, where I read them every morning over a cup of coffee or while I nom on a sandwich at lunch. I’m usually on my desktop computer, but lately I find myself reading blogs on my phone or iPad. I looked for a good “reader” app & couldn’t find one, but soon realized that I could bookmark my reader to my home screen, almost creating my own app.

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First, pull up Gmail in Safari & log in.

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In the upper left, tap the drop-down “More” menu & select “Reader.”

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Your reader will look like this. (maybe a little different, depending on which blogs you read. duh.) On the top left, you’ll see the “box with an arrow.” Tap on it:

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From the dropped menu, select “Add to Home Screen.”

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This box will pop up & you can choose what you name your “app.” Tap the “Add” button.

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Your app should be on the home screen!

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Happy reading!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Caitlin MidAtlantic October 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

Mind blown. Wow. This will be life changing!
PS – the new site is happily appearing in my reader, all by itself!


heirtoblair October 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

When I first discovered this, I did the Roger Rabbit across my living room. I’m not even joking.

p.s. YAY!!!!


Shay October 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

ha ha. I remember when I figured this out on my iphone/ipad. My life was officially complete {read “over”}.


heirtoblair October 5, 2012 at 9:14 am




Rachel October 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

you’re a genius. i love you.


Jacki October 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

I am currently using BlogLovin as a reader and I find that sometimes they “loose” blogs that I follow, or all of the sudden, ten new posts all pop up at once. Does this happen with Google reader?


heirtoblair October 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

Not at all! I’ve never had that problem with Google Reader (the only time a blog will pop up like, 10 posts that I’ve already read is when they are moving their blog to a different platform. So very rare).


Tricia October 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

Try feedly. It’s an awesome rss app!!


Laura October 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

I currently use FeeddlerRSS as an app – LOVE it! :)
PS – LOVE your new home on the interwebs – I’d follow you anywhere BA :)


Lindsay October 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’m also a Google Reader addict — I highly recommend the Newsify app. It’s free, it syncs with Google Reader, it works on iPhone and iPad, and it’s pretty… as is your new abode on the interwebs! Mazel tov!


Julie October 5, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Try flip board. It’s free and awesome. It makes blogs look like a magazine.


Jenna October 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I love flipboard too. I’m a new addict, so in addition to my social media stuff & google reader I have all sorts of topics set up to pull articles. It’s so easy to get caught up on things using flipboard, and is my “go go” when I am bored and just want to look around the internet at stuff. Now if they would just get pinterest set up on it!


Jaime October 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I second FlipBoard. I have my google reader, twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds in it. Super convenient having one app that I can browse all my feeds from.


Jennifer October 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Awesome!! I love simple silly things that blow my mind. And your new site magically went into my reader all by itself, so that’s cool too!!


TwicetheSparkle October 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

FlipBoard all the way!


Laura October 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Ahh…another way to ignore my family. Sweet.

But in all honesty…this is bloody brilliant. Thanks for the heads up.


Miranda October 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I use g-whizz! app and it’s free with some ads but all in all I really like it. I think this idea is probably better though.


grace October 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

awesome!! also i discovered an amazing app for reading blogs for those who want another option – it’s called Newsify. I LOOVE it :-)


rachel October 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm

SWEETness. I love this. Thanks for sharing.


Jay January 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

While this is great, a local App would be a much better choice. I use Ziner for iPad. Much better user experience.


Kramerpad March 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

You are a genius! Thank you for this simple fix


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