How to Export iGoogle Feeds & Import them into Google Reader

September 3, 2012

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With the recent announcement of Google shutting down their iGoogle service, I needed to find a way to move all my RSS feeds into Google Reader. With both of them being Google products I was almost certain it would be a simple process. If you’ve tried this before you’ve probably already discovered that this isn’t so simple! I’ve therefore made this guide to help you knock over those hurdlers and get your feeds imported before the November 1, 2013 deadline!

Google Reader Logo ButtonsStep 1 – Exporting from iGoogle

  • Login to your iGoogle account
  • Click the settings button (the big cog towards the top right of your iGoogle dashboard)
  • Scroll down to the bottom “Export / Import” section and click the “preview” link.
    • You are now presented with some XML code.

Step 2 – Converting from XML (iGoogle) to OPML (Google Reader)

  • Right click inside the page that just popped up (after you clicked “preview”) and choose “View Source”. Hit CTRL+A and then CTRL+C to copy all the data
  • Use the box below to convert your feed from XML to OPL. Simply click inside the top box and hit CTRL+V, then click “Convert to OPML”
  • Once you’ve completed the above step, you’ll see some new code in the bottom box. Click inside here and CTRL+A then CTRL+C again.
  • Open a new text document (notepad works best) and hit CTRL+V. Save this file as igoogle-feeds.xml

Step 3 – Importing into Google Reader

  • Now that you have your new OPML file, we just need to import into Google Reader. Head over to google.com/reader and go to the settings option
  • Once inside, click on the Import/Export button
  • It will ask to “Select an OPML file”. Click Choose File and select your newly created igoogle-feeds.xml file
  • Click upload
Importing iGoogle Feeds into Google Reader

Once you get to this step the rest is easy! Just click “upload”!

 

Done! You will now be presented with a sort of summary screen that allows you to rename and regroup feeds into different folders as you see fit. Most of them will correspond to how they were in iGoogle but best to check. Once you’re done, you can head back to Google Reader and see all your feeds!

 

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SaveiGoogle.org September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Nice summary Matthew. A word of caution regarding step 1. Make sure you’re only logged into the Google account for which you want the iGoogle export. Or, if you’re logged into multiple Google accounts that the account you want to export is set as the default. When logged into multiple Google accounts, the xml code presented is from the default account.

We’ve also got similar instructions for Netvibes and Protopage at http://saveigoogle.org/how-to-1-add-igoogle-rss-feeds-to-netvibes-and-protopage/. Matthew’s instructions and the ones at SaveiGoogle.org can be adapted to any app/website that will accept an OPML file for RSS feed import.

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Deborah J March 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

This method does not work for me. I got an error saying that the file was not formatted properly. Does the fact that the extension is still an .xml and not the .opml?

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Matthew July 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

The code entered above must be in XML format. It will then convert the XML into OPML which is what you need.

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Debbie P February 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

I had hoped this would work, I am trying to convert the xml file I got from Google Reader of my subs when it folded, so that I can input an opml file into Feedly or other rss platform. It is in xml ver 1.0 format. Might you know of an alternative method to convert this? Thnx for help.

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