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Google Chrome’s Reading List feature debuted on the iPhone and eventually came to the desktop. For some reason, it has taken a while to appear on Android. If you like the feature on your handset, it can be enabled right now.

At the time of writing, Chrome’s Reading List feature is only available on Android through a “flag.” Eventually, it will become a standard feature of the browser, but until then, this is the way to enable it.

Warning: Features put behind Chrome flags are there for a reason. They may be unstable, might negatively impact your browser’s performance, and can vanish without notice. Enable flags at your own risk.

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How to Enable Chrome’s Reading List on Android

First, open the Google Chrome app on your Android phone or tablet and type chrome://flags in the address bar.

go the the chrome flags page

Next, type “Reading List” in the search box at the top of the page. This will surface a flag with the same name.

search for Reading List

Select the drop-down menu for “Reading List” and select “Enabled” from the pop-up menu.

select the drop down and enable the flag

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Chrome will ask you to restart the browser to apply the changes. Click the “Relaunch” button and wait for Chrome to open back up.

relaunch chrome

How to Use Chrome’s Reading List on Android

With the flag enabled, we can now actually use the feature. First, we’ll cover adding pages to the Reading List. There are two ways to do this.

One method is to simply long-press any link to bring up the contextual menu. Select “Read Later” from the menu and it will be added.

add to reading list from contextual menu

The second method is for when you’re already on the page you want to add. First, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner.

Now, select the star icon at the top of the menu.

A new menu will slide up from the bottom of the screen. Select “Reading List” to add the page.

select Reading List from menu

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To open the Reading List, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner again. This time, select “Bookmarks.”

select Bookmarks from menu

You’ll see “Reading List” at the top of the Bookmarks page, tap it.

tap Reading List on bookmarks page

The Reading List is organized with unread pages at the top and read pages at the bottom. The unread pages have been downloaded for offline reading.

chrome reading list on android

That’s all there is to it! Again, this is a feature that will eventually be default in the browser, but until then, this is the only way to get it on Android. If you’re already using it elsewhere, it makes sense to skip the wait.

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