How To Move From Google Reader to Bloglovin’

March 14, 2013 by Ali

How To Move From Google Reader to Bloglovin' |

Gah! Did anyone else have a minor panic attack yesterday when that little message popped up on Google Reader saying that the service is officially closing down on July 1? I have been using Google Reader to follow way too many blogs for years and years. So this came as a total surprise and a bit of a bummer, as I have overall really loved using Reader.

But coincidentally, I had just recently begun exploring Bloglovin’, and had really begun to fall in love with many of their features and layout. Granted, there are many differences between Bloglovin’ and Google Reader, and some of the features I most love on Reader have yet to appear on Bloglovin’. But overall, it’s a great reader, and it is an especially great resource for finding new blogs that are similar to those you already love. So I’m curious to give it a real try at least for awhile!

The good news is that Bloglovin’ offers a really simple feature for importing the list of blogs you currently follow on Reader into your profile with Bloglovin’. So thought I would post a really quick how-to. I might make a more detailed tutorial this weekend with actual visuals (would that be helpful?). But for now, here is the basic idea.

Also, for those of you who do decide to make the switch to Bloglovin’, would love for you to find me and come say hi! My profile is at /gimmesomeoven, where you can click “follow” for my blogs Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. Happy blog loving at Bloglovin’!

**I also posted a tutorial for those interested in switching to Feedly. You can view that here!***

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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67 thoughts on “How To Move From Google Reader to Bloglovin’

  1. Hey, so I did everything you said (great help by the way :)) except I didn’t find a file called “Subscriptions”. Any suggestions?

    - Ana

  2. Thank you for posting this! I was attempting to import via Google Reader but it kept recircling me back to the same screen. This totally worked!

    - Angie Deak

  3. Thanks! This was really useful! I wish there were some way to migrate my readers as well. Google has been shutting down a lot of projects lately. Hope they don’t shut down blogger!

    - Kat @ Handmade Reviews

  4. Thanks for the info,it was very helpful.

    - Smita

  5. Thanks for sharing this info. While I am tech savvy on most things, this one is new for me and I appreciate the tutorial!!

    - Ann Hinds

  6. Apparently it’s even easier than that now. Guess Bloglovin’ has gotten an influx of Reeder users to convert. Now when you go to There’s a button to import the blogs from your reeder. Worked like a charm. Click the button and allow Bloglovin access to your reeder.

    - Kelly

  7. Thank you very much for taking the time to share how to import our blogs to Bloglovin’. It worked!!

    Debi @ One Heart

    - Debi

  8. Thanks for this tutorial, Ali! Off to give it a shot~

    - Liz

  9. That graphic is really handy. I loved it so much that I featured it on my blog (crediting you/linking back to your blog, of course). Thank you for taking the time to explain it in a way that is easy to understand!

    - Allison

  10. Thank you for your post! But I have 0 files in ‘Reader’! Maybe there is another way to import readers?
    I hope I will find the solution..

    - Elena

  11. When i set up an account w/ Bloglovin, I got a prompt to import from Google Reader and didn’t have to find the download i made last nite in preparation of this change. Was planning on spending some time this weekend searching for a replacement, so thank you so much for saving me time. Actually setup up Bloglovin and Feedly to see which one I like better.

    - Susan

  12. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this. When I learned that Google Reader was going away, I nearly cried! I am so glad that there’s an easy, hassle-free replacement.

    - Colleen

  13. you’re seriously on the ball! I want to check out both bloglovin and feedly sometime to see which I like better. super annoyed I have to even bother but thanks for the info :)

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  14. When I try it says my Google Reader is empty! Anyone know how to fix that? I follow a ton of blogs!

    - Brittany @ G Squared

  15. THANK YOU!! I have finally moved all my blogs over to bloglovin. I’ll be sure to add Gimme Some Oven while I’m in there! I also linked this post for my readers!

    - Shawna

  16. Thank you so much for this. I was already on blog lovin, but never used it cause everything I followed was on blogger/google reader. I switched over and will begin using this in prep for the drop of google reader!

    - aimee @ like mother like daughter

  17. Yes thank you so much! I freaked out when I heard that GFC will be gone! How will I read my blogs?! But then I realized that most people use Bloglovin and a sighed in relief and this tutorial totally saved the day!! Thanks!

    - Sara Strauss

  18. Thanks so much for the instructions. I wish they worked for me. I make it all the way to subscriptions, but nothing downloads. Bummer..

    - Natalia

  19. This is great….thanks so much!! Trying this and Feedly, but can’t decide which one I like better yet.

    - Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen

  20. Yes! I nearly had a heart attack when that message came up on screen yesterday. I will definitely need to check out bloglovin’. I’ve heard about it but never tried it before. I’ll use your tips! Thanks!

    - Ellie

  21. I haven’t started trying out Blog Lovin’ yet but I am loving Feedly so far!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  22. You rock! I’m so not on top of this tech-y stuff so love your tutorials :)

    - Tracey

  23. Thank you so much for posting this! I’m running into an issue with Bloglovin – it’s only showing the 3 most recent posts, even if there are more than that that are new. Anyone else experiencing this?

    - elizabeth

  24. Sooo sad about this! Thanks for the tips, I will check out Bloglovin. In the mean time there is a petition on for Google to keep it…its a long shot I’m sure, but worth a shot!

    - Brooke

  25. Oh yay! Thank you for posting this! I was pouting last night and wondering how I was going to read my blogs now!

    - Amy

  26. This is so helpful! Thank you!

    - Lindsay @ Bella Cene'

  27. Have you tried I like that one better then google reader and bloglovin. It’s really organized, clean and magazine like. It looks great on an ipad too!

    - Meaghan @ Just Me aghan

  28. Ah! Thank you SO, SO, SO much for posting this! I was feeling overwhelmed about how to make the switch but you totally simplified it for me. This is VERY MUCH appreciated :)

    - Jenn @ Party of One

  29. Thanks so much for putting this together. It was so nice to find a solution to the google reader problem within ten minutes of logging in this morning.

    - Aubrey @ High-Heeled Love

  30. I’m devastated at the news, buuuuuuuut so happy you posted this! Remind me about this June, cool? ;)

    - Bev @ Bev Cooks

  31. Thank you so much for this helpful post! I could not believe my eyes this morning when I got the pop-up comment saying it would be gone. At first I thought it was just because I hadn’t had coffee yet, and maybe I was seeing things. But I made the switch from Reader to Bloglovin in about 2 minutes, thanks to your quick tutorial.

    - Amy

  32. Gahhh I wish I saw this post before I panicked last night and just re-subscribed to all my blogs on blog lovin’ and then unsubscribed in Google Reader. >_< Now I feel silly lol. But great post! I'll be sure to pass this don to my subscribers as well :)

    - Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

  33. This is so helpful! Thanks you!

    - Tieghan

  34. I had a panic attack when I read that notice. RIP, Google Reader! Thanks for such a timely and helpful post!

    - Amy @ Club Narwhal

  35. Definitely with you on the minor panic attack… Thank you for posting this!

    - Little Kitchie

  36. just kidding :) it worked. the error message is just faulty! haha xoxoxo

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  37. woohoo! thank you for this!! i have been trying though & it keeps saying my subscriptions.xml file looks empty but it’s not :( so it won’t upload for me. boo!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  38. Good to know… I love google reader so much though. Merci for the tip Ali !

    xx Le Grumeau

    - Le Grumeau

  39. Thank you, thank you! I did panic a little when I saw this, and I really didn’t know what else I’d use. I’m definitely going to give bloglovin a try now. Thanks for sharing!

    - Ali Grace

  40. Thanks for posting. I live for my blogs and being able to get the recent posting in one place is very convenient. Thanks so much.

    - aisha

  41. Oh man! I wish I had known this two weeks ago when I sat and re-subscribed to all the blogs I read! I do really like the layout of bloglovin’ now that I’m using it though and I noticed that if a blog you like doesn’t have an RSS feed set up you can still subscribe which is a plus. Great time-saving tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)

    - Melissa Belanger

  42. THANK YOU for posting that.
    I wasn’t sure where to go, or what to do.

    I did the Google Reader download thing, but I cannot for the life of me find the zip file. WHERE on earth do you find it?

    Thanks!!!! =+)

    - Stephanie

  43. You’re a genius! Thank you SO much for this! :D

    - Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

  44. I just saw that notice on google reader today! What is that about?!! So glad you have this tutorial though. I need to make the transfer soon!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  45. I’m so glad you posted this! I did have a minor freak out when I got that message. This seems pretty easy to do!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.