The day has finally come. Google Reader will officially be shut down on July 1, 2013, after years of speculation that Google would drop the product. Over the years, Reader has been neglected and rarely upgraded for users. It comes as no surprise that Google has finally made the decision much to the dismay of hundreds of thousands using the product every day as their dedicated RSS reader.


Why is Google shutting down Reader?

Google has pooled its resources into the development of Google+. That’s been no secret to those watching the evolution of the social network as well as pulling resources out of other projects, like Reader over the last year. Google will most likely shut down more projects as the development of Google+ is put at the forefront of Google’s strategy in the next few years.

How to immediately backup your Google Reader data

When you login to Google Reader, you’ll be greeted by this announcement.


Click “Learn More.”

This will take you to information on how to use Google’s Takeout service to backup your Reader.

Click “Click here” to begin the download process.

You’ll see Reader is automatically selected for you within Takeout.


Click “Create archive” to start the process.


It’ll take a few minutes to more than that depending on how many feeds you follow and how much data is involved.

When finished, click “Download.”


You will be prompted to log into your Google Account once more to validate your identity.


Then, the download will start.

You’ll now have a backup in an archive format to use to migrate your RSS data to another service.

What else is being shut down?

The following Google products are also being shut down in the future:

  • Snapseed Desktop (Mar. 13)
  • Google Voice for Blackberry (Mar. 20)
  • Google Cloud Connect (Apr. 30)
  • Google Building Maker (Jun. 1)
  • GUI Builder (Sept. 16)
  • UiApp widgets for AppsScript (Sept. 16)
  • CalDAV API (Sept. 16)
  • Search API for Shopping (Sept. 16)

There are many alternatives to Google Reader out there, and we’ll cover several of them so you can find a new way to stay on top of your RSS feeds online