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Substack’s new RSS feed reader is now on web and mobile

The new Substack RSS reader is the spiritual successor to Google Reader.

Substack rss feed on web and phone
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If you’re still on the hunt for a new Google Reader replacement, then Substack might have an answer for you. The self-publishing platform has launched a new RSS reader to aggregate posts on both the web and iOS.

Substack revealed its new RSS reader in a blog post on the company’s website earlier this week. Mentioning Google Reader by name, the company has delivered a new alternative for those who still miss the defunct RSS reader.

Substack reader lets you compile all of your subscriptions and favorite writers in one easy-to-navigate window. With different menus and shortcuts, you can easily navigate all your followed content.

Dark mode on substack
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Additionally, the platform added third-party RSS support to its reader. That means you can add RSS feeds from other publications and keep up with all the posts you want from a single webpage.

Substack wanted to create something familiar to its reader by adding shortcuts and menu options that simply make sense. You have a profile and library menu to manage your followed content.

And there’s a discovery tab so you can see similar content and possibly find new writers to follow. The platform also added quality-of-life features like dark mode to make Substack reader more appealing to wide audiences.

Substack screenshot showing new dark mode
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Substack Reader sounds like a spiritual successor to Google Reader that could be a good replacement for those who still miss the classic RSS feed. At least until Google brings its own feed aggregator back to Chrome.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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