How To Add The Google RSS Extension For Google Chrome

How to add the Google RSS Extension to Google Chrome.

In a recent post, I pointed out how convenient RSS feeds can be and how they can save you time.

A big orange RSS feed icon
This is an RSS Feed Icon Click to Subscribe

I’ve also pointed out that I believe the safest browser to use when surfing the Internet is Google Chrome. Many new browsers, including Google Chrome, seem to be dropping a feature that was really nice to have for RSS feeds. At one time, all the browsers would show the orange RSS icon in the address field whenever you were on a web page that had an RSS subscription available. Now, most (including Chrome) do not or don’t have it activated by default.

Fortunately, Google has an extension to add this feature to Google Chrome.

This post will show you how to add this to your Google Chrome installation. With this extension, you’llsee the orange RSS icon whenever you are on a page with a feed. You will also be able to subscribe to the feed just by clicking the icon. You won’t have to hunt around the page to see if one is available or to subscribe.

Here is a video on installing the Google Chrome RSS extension or you can follow the step-by-step instructions below.

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Installing the RSS extension is very easy.

You can click on this link to go to the RSS Subscription Extension’s page at the Google Chrome Web Store or you can follow the instructions below.

First, go to the Chrome “Web Store.”

Do this the easy way: open a new (blank) tab in Chrome by clicking the “+” next to the last open tab.

Open a new tab in Google Chrome

Then click on the Web Store app in the app section (you may need to click the arrow to show the app section if the Most Visited or Recently Closed section is extended instead).

The Google Web Store icon

At the Web Store, do a search for ” RSS Subscription Extension “.  You will want the one that says “by Google”.

Type RSS Subscription Extension in the search box

Click on the icon for the app that says “RSS Subcription Extension (by Google)”.

Choose the RSS extension by Google

On the app’s page click on the “Add to Chrome” button in the blue box on the right.

Click the Add to Chrome button

You will need to confirm the installation (click “Install”).

Note that this will allow the extension access to data on the browser. This is why we only want the RSS extension from Google. Another extension may not be safe (you don’t want to be sharing any information with an extension your not sure is safe).

It installs and your done!

You can visit the the main page of OnlineITGuide.com and see if it shows up. You might want to subscribe to the RSS feed here if you haven’t already.  ;-)

I also have an email subscription if you are not yet into RSS feeds.