Inoreader How-to: Do more with browser extensions

When you’re casually browsing the internet, there is nothing better than stumbling across a new source of excellent content - but nowadays you’re rushing so much that you might not put in the extra effort and fire up your Inoreader to add a feed to your subscriptions. Inoreader Companion, our dedicated browser extension, will save you time and make sure you have a quick way to add anything you want to your Inoreader.

Setting-up your Inoreader Companion

Inoreader Companion is available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Opera. It can help a lot with your content, when you’re not in Inoreader. You can find links to all versions of Inoreader Companion in Preferences - Apps and Extensions or you can just open the extension directory of your browser and search for Inoreader.

By default, your Inoreader Companion will display the count of unread articles in your reader, and on click it will open a full pop-up where you can see a preview of all your folders and subscriptions, subscribe to the source of a currently opened tab or save a web page. Here’s how this looks:

You can play with how your Inoreader Companion behaves if you decide you don’t need some elements. Just open the extension options, where you can:
  • choose whether or not to have an unread counter in the Companion icon (this option is available in all extensions except for Safari, which doesn’t support badges of any kind);
  • choose the action that pressing the icon initiates. This can be either opening the full pop-up with feed information, search and subscribe, a smaller version with just search, subscribe and save options, or opening Inoreader in a new tab.
  • add a session key allowing the extension to fetch the badge number of unread items even if you’re logged out of Inoreader. You can find your personal session key in Preferences - Apps and Extensions. Please, note that you will still have to login for the rest of the pop-up options to work.

Once you have your browser extension all set, you can add feeds or save pages on the go. Neat, huh?
If you still haven't installed Inoreader Companion, you can do it here:

Inoreader Bookmarklets

But what to do if you don’t want to add an extension or you use a different browser than the four supported ones? Don’t fret, we have a solution for you - just use our bookmarklets. You’ll find those below the extensions on the Apps and Extensions page in your Preferences - just drag them to your bookmarks bar and you can use them to subscribe to feeds and to save web pages:

Do you use Inoreader Companion or any of our bookmarklets? Share your experience with us in the comments! If you want to know more about optimizing your work with Inoreader, check out the rest of our How-to posts.

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