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How To Use The Reading List In Google Chrome

How to use the reading list in Chrome

Google Chrome introduced the Reading List feature in Chrome 89.0 to make it easier to read. The reading list can have a collection of pages and is a great alternative to bookmarks. You can add any page to the list and mark it complete when you’re done reading. Find out how to use the reading list in the Google Chrome browser

I often come across many intriguing pieces of content while browsing the web. But, since I’m already absorbed in some other task, the idea is to save it for later reading.

In this regard, you could have added that website to the Bookmarks tab. However, I generally prefer to keep a safe distance from the Chrome browser bookmarks section unless it is something you have to revisit frequently.

How to use the reading list in the Google Chrome browser
How to use the reading list in the Google Chrome browser

This is because finding the right site among the large number of sites that are already stored within the bookmarks is quite a challenging task in itself. And I suppose many users would echo this thought as well.

So what else can you do? Well, if you are a Chrome user, then there is good news.

The browser has recently added a new Reading List feature that allows you to save your desired articles and access them when needed. This is somewhat similar to the Microsoft Edge Collection List, but it comes with some additional benefits. Most importantly, you can sync with your Google account and access it on all linked devices.

The fact that Google Chrome is available on all popular operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, proves to be the icing on the cake. So if you are willing to give this feature a try, this guide will help you. Here are the steps to enable and use Chrome’s new Reading List feature.

Enable reading list in Chrome

While the feature has made its way to Chrome version 89 and above, it appears to be rolling out in a phased fashion. As a result, many users still cannot get it. But you can easily reduce this wait time and enable Reading List right away.

Here are the steps to enable Reading List in Chrome  :

  • Launch  Google Chrome on the computer.
  • Click  More for the menu list.
  • Head to  Settings> Help> About Google Chrome.
  • If the  version is 88 or lower, please  update the Chrome browser
Update the Google Chrome browser to the latest version
  • This will update Google Chrome and restart the browser.
  • Type chrome: // flags in the address bar and hit the Enter key.
  • Now find the  Reading List and select from the results.
Enable reading list flag
  • Change its status from  Default to On.
  • Click on the Relaunch button.

The browser will now restart and enable the new Reading List button at the far right of the bookmarks bar.

Note that this is an experimental feature, so if

you experience any browser instability, consider keeping it disabled and waiting for the stable implementation.

Add a site to Chrome’s reading list

Once you have enabled the aforementioned flag, a new Reading List button will appear in the bookmarks bar. It is time to add the desired site to the list.

Here are the steps to add a web page or site to Chrome’s reading list  :

  • Open the desired website in Chrome.
  • Click the bookmark icon  bookmark star icon  in the URL bar.
Add to Chrome Reading List option
  • Select the Add to Reading List option from the drop-down options.


That is all. The page or site has now been successfully added to the list. You can click the Reading List button to verify the addition. By chance, if the Reading List doesn’t appear, you can open the Show Bookmarks bar using Ctrl + Shift + B chrome shortcut keys.

Similarly, you can add any number of pages or site links to the reading list and refer to them later. We are in full control and manage the list easily. Chrome will also sync the added page with the Google account and it will be available on all devices.

Manage Chrome Reading List

We can add several web pages to the reading list and find them in the Reading List tab that appears in the bookmarks bar. You can manage the list and delete the pages that are no longer needed or mark them as completed after you have finished reading.

Here are the steps to manage Chrome’s reading list  :

  • Click the Reading List button on the bookmarks bar.
Chrome reading list in bookmarks bar


    • There will be two sections:  Unread and Pages You Have Read.
    • Click the mark of verification to mark as  PAGES THAT YOU HAVE READ.
    • On the other hand, press the  X  icon to remove any article from the reading list.

Making any changes on one device will be reflected on the other devices synced with Google. The feature that I miss is categorizing the list using a folder structure like Microsoft Edge Collections.

Conclusion: Chrome Reading List

So this was all from this guide on how you could use and manage the Reading List in Chrome. It’s definitely a nifty addition to an already feature-rich collection offered by the Silicon Valley giant.

You no longer need to rely on third-party applications or extensions like Pockets for such a task. The new built-in reading list is a definite replacement.

However, on the other hand, the slow implementation of this functionality could cause some doubts on the part of the user when testing this function. This is because not everyone is comfortable with the idea of ​​dealing with the experimental feature set of a browser. As a result, it may not be welcomed by everyone until Google adds this list to the stable version.

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