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Temporarily Unavailable - Update

Update: We are back online! Let us know if you are seeing any issues.

We will be doing maintenance on our backend servers and there will be some downtime up to 1 hour. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Updated: Authentication Issue

Update (16:31): Issue is resolved

For users who are using our iOS app or any third party apps, we are having an issue with our authentication system that causes mobile apps not able to talk to our servers. For now, the workaround is access Aol Reader via your browser. We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide an update as soon as possible.

New Settings

In this release we are adding new settings per your suggestions:
  • Ability to sort sharing list order - you can drag and drop the sharing list to set up the list the way you want.
  • Change the font size in the left panel - 3 options are available (small/medium/large).
  • Update font preference with more options - we provide more granular control including a 'Justified' open and column alignment.
  • Select default start page - you can choose what you want to read when you open Aol Reader.
On top of that, we now provide font preference in tablet view and feed titles as alt text in the left panel.

Hover over a feed will show you the full feed title

Updated font preference

New font size setting for the left panel

Drag and drop the sharing options to change the order

Choose a feed or a category as your start page

As always, please let us know if you have issues or suggestions. Happy reading!

Reader Outage - Updated

Update (9:58AM): Reader is back online, let us know if you're still having issues.

Since early this morning (EST), part of our infrastructure had become inaccessible. As a result, Reader is not available, and this affects both our web UI and mobile apps. We are working on the issue as we speak.

Stay tuned.

Update: Some minor changes

With our recent iOS release, we have updated our homepage to provide a one stop shop for all the Aol Reader mobile apps.

Including in the update are some minor bug fixes, most notably are bringing mark as read with one click, and making mark as read by clicking unread count optional. Now you can go to Settings -> General and set these options.

As always, you can contact us for any issues or suggestions.

iOS App

It's finally here! You can download it from the App Store.


It's been almost 3 months since we launched our redesign and we have gotten a lot of feedbacks from our users, thank you for letting us know what we need to improve!

Here are the changes you have asked for: You can visit our help page to see what the progress is for other bug fixes and feature requests.

We have also added a preview feature in our Discovery/Search page. Now you can take a look of what kind of content a feed provides before subscribe to it. If you don't like what you see and want to look at other feeds, simply click the browser's back button and continue your browsing.

Thank you again with your inputs and please continue to do so so we can build a better reader for you!

Login issue for Apple users

If you have been using @me.com or @mac.com to log into Aol Reader, you will not be able to do so anymore. More information is available here.

In order to resolve this, please open a ticket with us at http://help.reader.aol.com (click Contact Support).

Error in the reading list

Our backend has been experiencing some hiccups lately, which is affecting your reading experience.

How do I know if this is happening to me?

There are couple things you may notice:
  1. When you open a feed or a category, you may see the reading list doesn't get updated, with a red error message at the bottom of the page.
  2. Your unread count doesn't match the number of unread items in your reading list.

Refreshing the browser can help your reading experience, unfortunately that is only a temporary solution.

We will be updating this post as we make progress. If you have any questions, please contact us at http://help.reader.aol.com.

Issue with third party mobile apps

If you have been using third party mobile apps to access your AOL Reader feeds, we have just released a fix to will allow you to use the apps again. If you are still having issues, please let us know in the comments, social media, or our forum.