Google Play has a number of cool apps that let you access the hottest stories and feeds from all your favorite blogs and websites. I for one, prefer to read them on my web browser Firefox. To get the RSS feeds on Firefox, I use the Home Feeds addon. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to grabs some feeds using the addon.
Home Feeds Addon for Firefox
In order to get RSS feeds on your Android using Home Feeds, you first need to install the Firefox app for Android. Open up the Firefox browser and head over to the Add-ons page. (You can do that by hitting the menu button on the top-left of the screen, selecting Tools and then choosing Add-ons.
On the Add-ons page, tap Browse all Firefox Add-ons.
In the add-ons page, in the Search box, type Home Feeds and hit the Green arrow button at the end of the box or the Enter button on the keyboard.
In the Results section, tap on Home Feeds and click Add to Firefox. Then click Install to download and install the add-on onto the browser.
Now on your Firefox browser, navigate to a website you want to get RSS feeds from. You will notice an RSS button in the Address bar if that site has a feed link on the page. Tap the RSS button to add the feed. If there are multiple feeds for the website, select the appropriate feeds.
Firefox will then present a couple of options to subscribe to the feed. Choose Firefox homepage.
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Now open a new tab in Firefox and swipe past the bookmarks and reading list tabs. The feeds will appear as a list in a separate tab with the website heading as a title tab.
Removing RSS Feeds on Firefox for Android
Removing RSS feeds on Firefox is done using the options in the Settings screen.
1. Hit the Menu bar at the top-left and choose Settings.
2. On the Settings screen, tap Customize.
3. In the Customize screen, tap Home. (Customize your Home page).
4. On the Home Panels screen, you will see your RSS feeds listed. Long press the feed and click Remove.
You can also set a particular RSS feed as the default page, in which case, when you open up Firefox, you can see the Feeds page instead of Top Sites or the one you are currently using.
While the concept of reading Feeds right from the Home screen is quite appealing, Home Feeds isn’t the most robust feed reader and still needs a lot of work especially where identifying feeds is concerned. I noticed that the Feeds icon did not show up in many for the popular tech sites I usually subscribe to. And for some of them that did, it did not show any content available.
Home Feeds for Firefox on Android is still a usable add-on that can let you quickly access feeds from multiple sites at a swipe. You can download the Home Feeds Addon here if you care to give it a try.