Feedly switches from Google OAuth to Google+ for authentication: causes user outcry

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 8, 2013
Updated • Jul 14, 2019

It is somewhat understandable from a business perspective that Google is pushing its social networking service Google+. The company recently switched to enforcing Google+ on YouTube, so that users of the video streaming service need to be a member of Google+ when they want to comment on the site. Earlier this year, the company introduced the same on the Play store.

Update: Recent versions of Feedly support additional authentication options: users may sign in using their own email address or authenticate using services such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Twitter.

Google, in the meantime, shut down Google+ for consumers. End

The RSS feed reading service Feedly announced yesterday that it made the decision to switch the authentication service from Google OAuth to Google+ as well.

What this means for users of the service is that they need a Google+ login if they want to sign in to Feedly. This change affects paying and free users of the service.

Currently only the web interface has been switched, but the company decided to switch the mobile clients for iOS and Android this month as well so that all Feedly services require a Google+ account for authentication.

Feedly has never offered standalone authentication options before. It was previously linked to a Google account, and the main change now is that users are forced to create a Google+ profile as well to continue using the service.

What fueled at least some of the user outcry about the change was that it was announced after it went live on the web interface part of the service.

All is not lost though, as Feedly announced that it would enable alternative login options in the coming weeks. What those are? Facebook, Twitter and WordPress are explicitly mentioned by the company, and while that will please some users, the lack of a standalone authentication option is something that at least some users seem to want.

It may however take up to seven weeks before the other authentication options are implemented leaving Feedly users who do not want to create a Google+ profile with no other option than to not use the service for the time being.

If you are a Feedly user you can make your voice heard -- probably -- by voting for this on the uservoice website. It suggests to create a standalone authentication option for Feedly so that users can sign in to the service without having to use third party services, or in particular Google.

Now Read: QuietRSS is an excellent desktop RSS reader for Windows

Update: Feedly announced that it will roll back the change.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

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    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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