How to fix a borked Google Reader

Sometimes GReader doesn’t load. Sure it says “Loading” up the top but it’s a filthy lying son of a 4chan meme. So should your reader break you can either wait a while or try these methods.

1) Change the language from English to English UK or Australia.
Thankfully the link to your settings isn’t AJAX, so you can still access them. This one works most of the time, and if it doesn’t try it again once or twice.

2) Disable Google Gears, restart browser and enable again.

Sometimes when you close Reader, it’s in the middle of gears doing something, whatever it does. Also try deleting the permissions for reader in the settings.

3) There’s a number 3, but I can’t remember it right now 😦

If all fails, go into settings and export your feeds into OPML format, go to, setup an account, import you feeds and enjoy. Like everything related to computers, backup backup backup. Another quicker, if more Spartan way is to go to

So any magic tips yourself? Feel free to share!