What is your favorite news/RSS reader for Windows Phone?

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There are several apps on Windows Phone that let you keep track of news or topics of interest. Which one should you download? WPCentral forums member, sguy156, needs your input. Let him know your favorite news/RSS reader for Windows Phone.

A few apps have already been mentioned in the responses:

  • Weave – One of the oldest and most popular news reader apps available
  • NextGen Reader – A fast, clean, and supports both Windows and Windows Phone. It also connects with Feedly.
  • Phonly – A third-party Feedly app that looks great.

Forums member, Clodderes, also mentioned Magnify, but feels it's slower and that it uses a lot of data. Everyone has his or her own favorite. Which one is yours? Head over to the forums and let everyone know.

QR: Weave

QR: Nextgen Reader

QR: Phonly


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What is your favorite news/RSS reader for Windows Phone?



Last time I tried those they both lacked the ability to download an entire article in the app, meaning I'd have to click every stupid rss link after reading the snippet. Rubbish that Weave doesn't have. Since that clicking link and opening website rubbish costs a lot of time, I'm still Weave, until I find an app that's faster AND can do full article.

On a sidenote, I can't use nextgen anyway at the moment because connecting my feedly account to it gives me a certificate error.

For the feeds that only show a summary, open an article from that feed and hit the three dots on the bottom. Go to edit source and change from mobilizer to ie. It'll grab the full article instead of just the RSS summary for that feed from now on. I think weave even syncs that setting across the two platforms.

Phonly only does that since a short while and this doesn't always work, not like Weave. Beyond that I have an amoled screen and for Weave I can set colours and fonts to my liking; Phonly not so much. Phonly isn't bad, but from the start it's been playing catch-up with weave in terms of features. Most new features are pure copies of what Weave has offered for years. I've used Phonly for a bit when Weave was down for a few days, but I just missed out too much in Phonly that Weave could offer. Only downside is that Weave is Windows8/WP8 only for sync. But I ditched most of my Android and iOS stuff for WP8/Win8 anyway.

RSS central has been serving me very well for over a year now. Highly recommended if you want minimalism and fast content.

Does that actually work well now? felt pretty terrible last I tried it, and loading full articles felt slow.

What issue did it have? I only use Weave. I like that it syncs with my computer and tablet.

agreed. Weave used to be super fast, but I think with the win 8 app and more users now, they've scaled back the speed ridiculously. And yes, often server issues, and they don't have a public log to notify of maintenance or issues so it makes it even more frustrating. You pretty much need at least two apps, weave and nextgen if you're serious about your RSS.

Yes weave was, but it is only getting worse. Doesn't refresh anymore on startup and loadingscreen looks fucked, and so on.

They fixed it a few weeks ago :-)... it refreshes properly on startup now... and refreshes faster than before!

Yeah, they are kind if slow when it comes to adding new features and stuff but it has the best reading experience compared to the other ones I tested. Everything in this regard is right: Text size, layout, controls. It's just fun to read in collector.

Nextgen Reader all the way. I flirt with others, but I always come back to it...

On a  completely unrelated note, #1 ToolKit has been unpublished from the Windows Store. I had to reset my phone today, and only found out when I tried to reinstall it. It's quite irritating as I only bought it a couple of weeks ago, and it was one of my favourite apps. :-/ Does anyone know why?

Haha...even I wanted to understand why #1 toolkit was removed. It was a great app. I wrote to them a couple of days ago. Here's what they replied.

 Thank you for loving  # toolkit. Dont worry, now we are making big updates with 20  languages & fix  bugs . Toolkit will publish in the next few days. Next time, we not only publish the toolkit, but also many other apps. Please wait to see the exciting software from ccoolmedia.

Best Regards,

CcoolMedia team.

Good to see a positive response from them.


You beat me to replying! :-) I emailed them too, and got a similar response. It's actually pretty awesome that they're adding multilanguage support.

You can add watched terms, but not exactly other RSSs. It is good enough for people who only watch certain topics.

Not true. You can add rss feeds to Bing News. just go to the site you wish to add, get the rss feed (right click the "subscribe" hyperlink and select properties, copy the url and paste it into the search bar in the add a source section. I've done it and just added another to be sure it sill works. Hope this helps.

You can add rss feeds to Bing News. just go to the site you wish to add, get the rss feed (right click the "subscribe" hyperlink and select properties, copy the url and paste it into the search bar in the add a source section. I've done it and just added another to be sure it sill works. Hope this helps.

Used to love Flux but they took forever to add non google feed login. Now using Nextgen reader and Flux.

I really don't know why I had to scroll this down to find Magnify... It's a great reader. IMHO, better than Weave

Its the best non google account backend rss ive tried yet. & today they remove the beta tag in an update & gave those users a free copy no more feed limits. Only feed ive had problems with was major nelson's blog rss feed(their site as it is needs a rendering update for wp)

Nextgen for me. I used to use Feed Reader until Google Reader shut down. They switched to some other solution as Feedly apparently would work with/for them. I use Feedly online and Nextgen for both Windows RT and WP.

i use Feed Reader on Windows Phone and Windows RT and love it still. It uses NewsBlur as the back end which has a real nice web interface. i know there is a paid version of Newsblur, but the free version covers everything i use.


i wish Feed Reader did a better job with the charm bar  "share" command.


Started to use Weave which has a few interesting features but I found missing is to view individual feeds. So for now I'll keep using Fuse plus it has a really nice layout.

Used Phonly but now I'm using NextGen Reader and it's very good. It'd be better if it added sharing to other applications.

NextGen reader on my phone and tablet. I've tried most of them and just keep coming back to NextGen.

Magnify. Closest thing to Flipboard there is and the developer genuinely listens to feedback. He can design a fine looking app too.

It is a bit sluggish sometimes and its prone to the odd crash, but its won my heart and will only get better.

NextGen reader on my phone and tablet. I've tried most of them and just keep coming back to NextGen.

Don't want to bother finding dozens of feed links from sites I don't even know or remember.

+920. Meanwhile, "Collector" needs some enhancements in dealing with custom feeds (saved collections disappear). Nevertheless, donated to/bought both.

I enjoy RSS Central quite a bit. It doesn't sync with a service, but it is simple and clean.

Modern Reader for me. It works with feedly, so I can sync it with the cloud. And I just want to read the news headlines. So I don't want all those images and unused space. Just a list of my feeds so I can see if there's something new, and a list of articles when I tap the feed name. Just perfect for me :-) Available for Windows Phone and Windows 8


I now use nextgen, its faster and have more support, i used phonly alot but the lack of updates put me off, i would love the official feedly though...

I hate that all use the webbrowser control for articles, if you scroll with finger on screen (not flick) scrolling is super choppy, like it's 10fps or something. I really hope MS will do something about that soon...

WEAVE... here's why:

- Universal app (on both WP8.1 and Windows 8.1)
- NO STINKING GOOGLE ACCOUNT REQUIRED... Syncs flawlessy with OneDrive
- After the latest update, it refreshes so fast now
- OneNote integration
- Fav articles sync

NextGen Reader is not just my RSS reader; it is my favorite app!  It does a fantastic job, it is continually updated, and it is on my phone, my Windows 8.1 tablet, and my Windows 8.1 desktop.  We need more apps on WP and Win8 that are as high-quality as NextGen Reader.


None... All seem to have annoying issues whether wrong count on live tile, poor design, or whatever... I use specific apps like wpcentral app many others that are very well done.

I am sad that Rudy Huyn has given up on his Fuse. It was the prettiest newsreader out there. it only needed feedly support.


As it is, now I use Nextgen because it's the fastest one.

Feed Me is the only one I've found that plays podcasts well from my feedly subscriptions. So I can overlook its other limitations (occasionally unauthenticates itself from feedly and has to be reconnected, slow sync, limited control over list format - I'd love to be able to get rid of the images on the lhs, unexciting workmanlike appearance)

I've used weave and nextgen, there latter is better for formatting content but neither of them sync properly with Feedly.

Another NextGen Reader fan.  When Google chlorophormed Google Reader and gave everybody the kissoff, I migrated to Feedly and that keeps me tethered to NextGen on its own.  But NextGen is an excellent app if you have a long and varied list of feeds and need to access and share them quickly.   And its one of those developers that work to make their product better.

I use NewsBlur for all my RSS reading on the web. I've found it a great replacement for Google Reader. I've been very happy with MetroBlur the WP8 client for NewsBlur.

I'm a big fan of Global News Reader, which provides customizable feeds from Yahoo News, a great news source with a lot of breadth. The app takes a really clean and simple approach, yet is feature-rich in terms of sharing, saving, and live tiles (it supports multiple live tiles representing different feeds).  Pretty awesome.

Using NextGen Reader and NewsSpot at the same and now a very long time. Both of them have advantages. NewsSpot is faster, a little bit more stable and more Sharing Options like direct Integration with Evernote. But NextGen Reader is more feature complete with feedly, here i can change my Subscriptions. I switch between both in a daily manner :-)

Problem with Nextgenreader is the way it handles starred items.  You star an item but it is not immediately synced, which is unacceptable IMO.  You have to manually refresh the feeds to perform a sync.  On Windows 8 they sort of botch fixed this by having feeds sync when the app comes back from being tomb-stoned.  Which mostly worked.  But I cannot think for the life of me why starred items aren't treated like regular feeds and synced properly when you star the item.  This is how Phonly works and is one of the advantages to that app.

Yeah, NextGen is great when you need offline capabilities. I designed Phonly to be an online-only app. I've personally never been a fan of manual synchronization. But I've also come to realize that I'm extremly spoiled with great WiFi and cellular connection (4G), which is a prerequiste for using apps like Phonly.

The next version of Phonly (Universal App) will most likely be a hybrid, where you can select which feeds that should automatically be synchronized to be available offline, but the default mode is online.

The only problem i have with these apps is the following: 

i use feedly's web version when i'm at the office and nextgen or phonly when on the go. 

when i read through the apps and go back to the feedly the articles are still marked as unread and have to scroll through them again! 

is there a way to get it fixed? or we have to live with it?