We’ve got a small, but important update to share with you today.

Unread counts are now available in FlowReader.

When FlowReader was first built, we didn’t add unreads because we felt they often have a tendency to add unpleasant “unread guilt” and unnecessary pressure to what should be a fun experience. However, unread counts can also serve as nice reminders to check back in on your RSS feeds, keep an eye on what you’ve read, and also see which feeds have new content.

As a result, unread counts have been one of our most requested features. So, we’re excited to be able to announce what you’ve been asking for!

What You Need to Know

Unread counts track the number of unread articles feeds, categories, and your entire reader (the sum of all unread items in categories and feeds).

This is what you’ll now see in your left menu:


Your counts will always be up-to-date since counts are interactive. This means that when you read a new article or select Mark all as read, your unread counts will immediately update. 

Team Tip: Another great feature that can help you stay on top of your unread items is to change your sorting options to view only the items you haven’t read yet. All you have to do is click Show all at the top of the page, then select Unread only.

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How to Disable Unread Counts

Unread counts will be automatically enabled on all user accounts, but we understand if you don’t want to have them turned on in your Reader.

Here’s how to disable unread counts in FlowReader.

  1. Go to your Settings page using the drop down menu in the top right corner.
    Go to Settings.
  2. Untoggle Show unread counts.
    Toggle unread counts off.
  3. To re-enable unread counts, simply toggle to turn them back on.
    Toggle unread counts on.

Hope you enjoy this new feature and as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Have more questions or want to share your feedback with the team? 

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