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Digg for Android: How to Set it Up Import Feeds

Digg Reader for Android was recently released after being available on iOS for some time already. But how does it compare to our Feedly, and how do you transfer current RSS feeds to it? Here’s a look at setting up the new Digg app and transferring feeds over to it.

Digg Reader

Digg App Provides Clean News Reading

The app, which is free, can be installed from the Google Play Store and after installation you’ll notice that what you’re getting is a clean interface, that lets you to read news with ease.

But one of the first things things I noticed is there is no landscape mode, like the one the Feedly app has. This might annoy tablet users who prefer to read in landscape, however, this might change in a future update.

Digg Reader main

If you’re already using Digg on the web or iOS, tap the menu button on the top right side of the screen, then Settings, and make sure you log in with Google, Facebook and/or Twitter account. That way, the articles you have already submitted to Digg or saved will be synced.

The Settings menu is where you can also add services like Instapaper or (my personal favorite) Pocket and where you can choose to post your Diggs straight to Facebook if you want to.

Digg Reader settings

Now you can add news sources straight into the app. To do so, you can either tap the Digg button on the top left side of the app or swipe your finger from left to right. Once the menu shows up, you’ll notice a plus sign appearing on the top right side. I hope future versions will have it there all the time, as it’s hard to find when first starting out.

Digg Reader

You can then choose from a wide variety of categories to find what you want to add to the reader.

Digg Reader new source

Another thing I’m not to fond of is that, unlike Feedly, which lets you browse full stories without leaving its interface, Digg Reader will send you to your default browser. Other than that, its clean interface that’s intuitive and easy to use.

Import All Your Feeds to Digg Reader

If you enjoy Digg Reader or want to test it out with your current feeds, you can import them to the app. You can’t do this directly from the app though, you’ll need to use the website on your computer.

If you used to be a Google Reader user and have exported your data using Google Takeout before it shut down, hopefully you still have the file, which is essentially database of your feeds that you can import.

If you’re using Feedly, and you want to switch to Digg Reader, there are a few steps to go through. Log in to your Feedly account on your computer and click Organize.

Digg Reader Feedly export

Then click the Export OPML link and it and save the resulting file to a convenient location on your computer.

Digg Reader Feedly export opml

Go back to the Digg website, log in, and hover the pointer over your name and click Settings.

Digg Reader Feedly export settings

Scroll down until you find Upload an OPML file or Google Takeout data, click Import and upload the file you saved from Feedly or your Google Reader data.

Digg Reader Feedly import

Things shouldn’t take too long (depending on the number of feeds in your account, of course) and you’ll have all your feeds on Digg Reader, and in the Android app, too. It took a few minutes in my case, for 80 feeds. All of your feeds have now been moved to Digg Reader and you can enjoy them on your Android device.

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