Outlook cannot download the RSS content -Explanation Guide

I’ve been If you’re having trouble adding an RSS Feed to Outlook on Windows 11/10, or you get error messages when updating the RSS Feed saying Outlook can’t download the RSS content, this post may be able to help you. You may see the following error messages:

  • Outlook cannot download the RSS content from the website because you do not have the required credentials.
  • Outlook cannot download the RSS content from the URL because of a problem connecting to the server.
  • Outlook cannot process the RSS content from HTTPS, the link may not point to a valid RSS source

Here are some suggestions that may help you resolve the issue: If Outlook is your RSS Feed Reader and you’re getting error messages, this may be because the RSS feed requires authentication or it’s not in the desired format.

Outlook cannot download the RSS content

In Order to resolve this Outlook cannot download the RSS content from the HTTPS error message, do this:

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  • Open Microsoft Outlook
  • Then Select File
  • Click on Options.
  • Now Select Advanced.
  • Here, locate and enable Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in the Windows setting.
  • Click OK and restart Outlook.

If you want to check if a website has a valid RSS Feed, visit w3.org and get it validated. If it fails the test, you may not be able to add it to Outlook. You can also use an RSS site that is a Microsoft Office SharePoint site and that is internal to your domain. In this case, Outlook will allow the use of NTLM credentials that are passed to the SharePoint site.

How do I enable RSS Feeds in Outlook?

RSS Feed is enabled by default in Outlook and you can see the square orange icon. To add a new RSS Feed, open Outlook and click on File. Under Info, you will see Account and Social Network Settings. Click on it. Next, click on Accounts. Now under RSS Feeds tab, you can Add, Change or Remove RSS Feeds. If you do not see RSS Feeds tab, the following will help you.

RSS Feed tab missing in Outlook

If the RSS feed tab is missing in Outlook, do the following.


Here, changes the value of the DWORD named Disable from 1 to 0.

This should make the RSS Feds tab visible.

How do I fix the RSS Feed error in Outlook?

Remove URL If your RSS feed isn’t updating, the best way to fix it is to remove it and then add the RSS feed again. You might also want to change the frequency that RSS feeds are checked or change the folder where RSS feeds are delivered.

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