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How to Use Reading List in Google Chrome browser

Google Chrome introduced the Reading List feature in Chrome 89.0 version to make it more reader-friendly. The Reading List can have a collection of pages and it’s a great alternative to Bookmarks. You can add any page to the list, and mark it as complete when you’re done reading.

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I often come across many intriguing pieces of content while browsing the web. But since I’m already engrossed in some other task, the idea is to save it for a later read.

In this regard, I could have added that website to the Bookmarks tab. However, I usually prefer to maintain a safe distance from the Chrome browser’s bookmark section unless it’s something that I have to revisit often.

This is because finding the right site from the plentitude of ones already stored inside the Bookmarks is quite challenging. And I guess many users would echo this thought as well.

So what else could be done? If you are a Chrome user, there’s some good news.

Google Chrome Reading List feature

The browser has recently added a new Reading List feature that allows you to save the desired articles and access them when needed. This is similar to Microsoft Edge’s Collection List but has some added benefits. The biggest of it is that you could sync with your Google account and access it across all the linked devices.

The fact that Google Chrome is available across all popular OS, including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, proves to be the icing on the cake. So if you are willing to try out this feature, this guide shall help you. Here are the detailed steps to enable and use Chrome’s new Reading List feature.

Enable Reading List in Chrome

While the feature has made its way over to Chrome version 89 and above, it seems to be rolling out in a staged manner. As a result, many users are still unable to get a hold of it. But you could easily cut this wait time and enable the Reading List immediately.

Here are the steps to enable Reading List in Chrome:

  1. Launch Google Chrome on the computer.
  2. Click on more for the menu list.
  3. Head over to Settings > Help > About Google Chrome.
  4. If the version is 88 or lower, then update the chrome browser.
    Update Google Chrome browser to latest versionThis will update Google Chrome and restart the browser.
  5. Type in chrome://flags in the address bar, and keypress Enter.
  6. Now search for the Reading List and select from the results.
    Enable the Reading List Flag
  7. Change its state from Default to Enabled.
  8. Click on the Relaunch button.

The browser will restart, enabling the new Reading List button at the bottom of the bookmarks bar.

Remember that this is an experimental feature, so if you experience browser instability, consider keeping it disabled and waiting for the stable rollout.

Add a Site to Chrome’s Reading List

Once you have enabled the flag above, a new Reading List button will appear on the bookmark. It’s time to add your desired site to the list.

Here are the steps to add a webpage or site to the Chrome Reading List:

  1. Open the desired website in Chrome.
  2. Click on the Bookmark icon bookmark star icon in the URL bar.
    Chrome Add to Reading List option
  3. Select Add to reading list option from the drop-down options.

That’s it. The page or site has now been successfully added to the list. You can click on the Reading List button to verify the addition. By any chance, if the Reading List is not appearing, you can bring up the Show Bookmarks Bar using Ctrl + Shift + B chrome shortcut keys.

Similarly, you can add any number of pages or site links to the reading list and reference them later. We have complete control and manage the list easily. Chrome will also sync the added page with the Google account and make it available across all devices.

Manage Chrome Reading List

We can add multiple web pages to the reading list and find them under the Reading List tab on the bookmarks bar. You can manage the list, remove the pages no longer required, or mark them as completed once you’re done reading.

Here are the steps to manage the Chrome Reading List:

  1. Click on the Reading List button on the bookmark bar.
    Chrome Reading List on Bookmark BarThere will be two sections: Unread and Pages You’ve Read.
  2. Click on the checkmark to mark it as PAGES YOU’VE READ.
    Chrome Reading List Remove Page or Mark as Read
  3. On the other hand, Hit the X icon to remove any article from the reading list.

Any changes to one device will reflect on the other Google synced devices. The feature I miss is categorizing the list using a folder structure like Microsoft Edge Collections.

Bottom Line: Chrome Reading List

So this was all from this guide on how to use and manage Reading List in Chrome. It is a nifty addition to the already rich collection of features offered by the Silicon Valley giant.

You no longer need to depend on third-party apps or extensions such as Pockets for the said task. The new built-in reading list is an ultimate replacement.

However, on the flip side, the slow rollout of this functionality might lead to hesitancy from the user’s end in trying out this feature. Not everyone is comfortable dealing with a browser’s experimental feature set. As a result, it might not be welcomed by one and all until Google adds this list to the stable build.

What are your views on the Chrome Reading List feature? Do let us know your thoughts and first impression.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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