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It has not been an easy time for Android users who prefer to read and consume rather than do anything else. However, if you are a Google Chrome user, there is a feature you should know about that can help you track your favorite sites in the browser without worrying about a third-party service like Feedly.

Google now lets you “follow” sites in its mobile browser. The feature has a similar effect to following an account on Twitter or Instagram, unless you get content updates via Chrome on the new tab. The option is widely available to anyone on Android running the latest version of Chrome 94 that was pushed out to Toy store at the end of September.

Google introduced ability earlier in the year through the experimental Canary version of Chrome on Android. A spokesman for Google said at the time that the company planned to return to surface content via RSS feeds so that it could fill out the aforementioned following section for its users.

The option appears in the overflow menu of the stable version of Chrome for Android. However, as it still rolls out, you may need to activate it manually. Type in Chrome for Android chrome: // flag in the link bar to reveal the browser’s hidden settings. Then search for webfeed and select singular activated possibility to turn it on. Chrome will advise you to restart. You can follow the screenshots below for a visual reference.

When you start adding sites to your repertoire, you will see them fill in Follow each time you launch a new tab. But the more sources you add, the more sections of content to track, with each domain separated in its small area.

This feature is not a replacement for the traditional RSS feed from the past. But it makes it easier to follow the sites you visit regularly without having to confront Google’s sometimes off-kilter Discover algorithm, which gathers links to articles based on your Google activity.

Chrome’s Engineering Director Adrienne Porter Felt tweeted on Friday that iOS users should expect the feature sometime next year.

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