Use Google Reader To Subscribe To YouTube Videos

Use Google Reader To Subscribe To YouTube Videos

YouTube includes a subscription option for keeping track of new videos, but all too often it results in email bombardment and general unpleasantness. Lifehacker reader Chris B uses an alternative approach: Google Reader.

Here’s how Chris goes about it.

I *hate* YouTube’s subscription engine, I really do. I love Google Reader, and it’s my first port of call every day. I figured there had to be a better way of subscribing to videos, and turns out Google Reader is it, and it’s a piece of cake to set up as well! Simply browse to the channel you want to subscribe to, then copy and paste the URL into the “Add a Subscription” box in Reader. It even renders properly in the reading pane and looks good!

While that may not be news to RSS veterans, it’s definitely worth noting if you’ve been looking for a better way to keep track of YouTube videos. If you’re not already familiar with the benefits of using an RSS reader, check out our Lifehacker 101 guide. Thanks Chris!


  • Does anyone know of a way to subscribe to a particular playlist (rather than a whole channel) on YouTube? Via Google Reader would be even better…!

  • I think you will just have to grin and bear it. Create a filter folder in your email inbox… that always helps seperate it from the other stuff, as for interest levels… your on your own it seems…

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