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How to enable Google Chrome’s “Reading List” on Android

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Google Chrome’s Reading List feature debuted on the iPhone and eventually made it to the desktop. For some reason, it took a while for it to hit Android. If you like the feature on your handset, it can be enabled now.

At the time of writing, Chrome’s Reading List feature is only available on Android through a ̵

6;flag’. It will eventually become a standard feature of the browser, but until then, this is the way to enable it.

Warning: Features placed behind Chrome flags are there for a reason. They can be unstable, adversely affect your browser’s performance, and may disappear without notice. Enable flags at your own risk.

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How to enable Chrome’s Reading List on Android

First, open the Google Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet and type chrome://flags in the address bar.

go to the Chrome flags page

Then type “Reading List” in the search box at the top of the page. This will cause a flag with the same name to appear.

search for reading list

Select the drop-down menu for “Reading List” and select “Enabled” from the pop-up menu.

select the drop-down list and enable the flag

Chrome will prompt you to restart the browser to apply the changes. Click the “Restart” button and wait for Chrome to open a backup.

restart chrome

How to use Chrome’s Reading List on Android

With the flag enabled, we can now actually use the feature. First, we’ll cover adding pages to the reading list. This can be done in two ways.

One method is to simply long press a link to open the context menu. Select “Read Later” from the menu and it will be added.

add to reading list from context menu

The second method is for when you are already on the page you want to add. First, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.

tap the menu icon in the right corner

Now select the star icon at the top of the menu.

tap the star icon

A new menu will slide up from the bottom of the screen. Select “Reading List” to add the page.

select Reading List from menu

To open the Reading List, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner again. This time select ‘Bookmarks’.

select Bookmarks from menu

You will see “Reading List” at the top of the bookmarks page, tap it.

Tap Reading List on the bookmarks page

The reading list is organized with unread pages at the top and read pages at the bottom. The unread pages have been downloaded for offline reading.

Chrome Reading List on Android

That’s all! Again, this is a feature that will eventually be standard in the browser, but until then, it’s the only way to get it on Android. If you’re already using it elsewhere, it makes sense to skip the wait.

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