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by Read It Later, Inc
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 5.1
  • * Pocket 5.1 *
  • New Quick Save Actions let you easily tag or share an item the moment you save it to Pocket. Learn more at
  • Improvements and fixes to video playback.
  • Note: The new permission is for Quick Save Actions. More info at
  • * Pocket 5.0 *
  • Brand new Highlights section, improved navigation and more. Learn about everything new in Pocket 5.0 at
  • Thank you for your support!
  • Team Pocket

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0057PAY8G
  • Original Release Date: March 9, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Save articles, videos, and images from anywhere on the web.
  • View saved items in a clean and simplified full-screen UI.
  • Organize easily with the new bulk edit tool - archive, favorite, tag and delete.
  • Content Type Filter to automatically filter your articles, videos and images.
  • Listen to your saved articles with Text to Speech
  • Seamlessly sync to Pocket on all major platforms, including Android, iPhone and iPad, and a powerful new web app.

Product Description
"A DVR for the Web"

Browsing through your Twitter feed in the morning, you come across a link to an article about up-and-coming bands in the New Orleans music scene. A major fan, you've got the Revivalists on your iPod and you think they must play this stuff in heaven. You'd love to stop and read more, but it's 7:30 and you have to be on the road. Sadly, you'll be busy and offline for most of the day, and may forget where you saw the article before you have another moment to yourself online. As you put your mobile in your pocket, you wish there were a way to save that page to read offline, in case you happen to catch some down time on the road.

Read Articles and Web Pages Offline

Meet Pocket. Praised by The New York Times, Business Week, Time, TechCrunch, and others as "a DVR for the Web," Pocket enables you to save online materials for later offline reading. Can't spare the time to finish that article, right now? Save the Web page to your Pocket list and get your saved articles downloaded to your device. Then come back to the page when things calm down--even after you've left your Internet signal behind. Catch up on all of your "online" reading, even if you're on a cross-town subway or 10,000 feet in the air.

Your Reading List, Wherever You Are

Pocket works on multiple device platforms through a single account. Save articles from work or home, using your computer browser, mobile device, or more than 130 applications that support Pocket. View or add pages to your Pocket reading list on any computer or mobile device. Pocket even bookmarks your scroll position in each article so you can start reading on your computer, switch to your phone, and pick up exactly where you left off.

Elegant, Customizable, Attractive

Enjoy your saved articles in Pocket's elegant and customizable Article Viewer. The Viewer distills page content to display only the text, images, captions, and videos from an article. Remember that article you ran across on your Twitter feed, this morning? Say that you saved that tweet to Pocket. When you did that, Pocket grabbed ahold of the tweeted article's content--the text, audio samples, and photos--while leaving behind the tweet shell. As a result, what's saved is the whole article and nothing but the article. The idea is to provide a reading experience that's clean, consistent, and content-rich, no matter the media source.

You can further refine the article's look using the Viewer's custom text size, font, and alignment settings.

Stay Organized

Pocket sorts your saved articles into three lists: Reading List, Current Reading, and Read Archive. Newly bookmarked materials go to your main Reading List, articles that you're partway through to Current Reading, and any articles you've marked "read" to the Read Archive, from which you can quickly recover anything that you want to go back to.

The app helps you keep your reading lists organized with tagging, sorting, and search features. Tag saved articles and pages to make them easier to review and sort. Sort your reading list by URL, title, tag, site, and newest or oldest articles. And ferret out particular articles and passages with word searches.

Share Directly from Your Device

Pocket has built-in sharing, so that you can pass on your saved articles and Web pages to your friends from your device, without returning to the Web page. Just copy the link, and choose from the Bluetooth, e-mail, Facebook, or SMS links that pop up. (You can use the same procedure to view the link in your browser.)

  • Manage your reading lists across multiple platforms
  • View full article content offline
  • Organize articles with tags and sorting

Technical Details

  • Size: 6.8MB
  • Version: 5.1
  • Developed By: Read It Later, Inc
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
    • Open windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other applications
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Read the user's contacts data
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
194 of 207 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential app for Kindle Fire... if you're careful. December 22, 2011
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I love this thing. The Kindle Fire has one serious downfall, that being that you cannot surf the web without a wifi connection (meaning no 3G). Many times, I want to read online articles while I'm waiting in non-hotspots. This is great for downloading web articles to read later, but ONLY if you're careful. More on that in a minute.

There seem to be a lot of complaints about not being able to create an account after downloading the app. I've not had that problem. It worked fine. However the Help section does not specifically address Kindle Fire (at the time of this writing). I finally figured it out though and for anyone who wishes to know:

In the Kindle Fire browser (aka Silk) tap the Menu button (on the Options Bar) > Share Page > then Read it Later > Done!

You should get a notification in the top left that a download is complete.

The one serious complaint I have, hence the 3-star review instead of 5, is that it cannot access my Read Archive if I'm not connected to the Internet.

The thing which troubles me is that this is not a glitch. At first glance, this seems okay. I can understand that we don't want to cache all previously read articles, but if I've accidentally hit the check mark as read, then I should be able to undo it. There is no way, that I can find, to do that at all. It should have an option to cache any archived articles before it's next sync. This way you still have access to all recently (or currently, or whatever) cached articles while still offline.

This one thing is a very grave error on their part and should definitely be fixed. I can't believe that they haven't thought of this.

I took my mother to the doctor and was reading a very long article that I downloaded off of Wikipedia.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars changed permissions April 23, 2013
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l used to really like this app on my Kindle Fire. It was a great app until they changed the permissions in a recent update. The app now has access to contacts data. I know of no legitimate reason why I should allow access to my contacts data. I have uninstalled the app.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best multi-platform news reading service July 8, 2011
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I switched to Read It Later (RIL) from Instapaper when RIL released a dedicated Android app. There are unofficial Instapaper apps for Android, but all of them have limited functionality. Both services are great for downloading and organizing web pages that you want to read some time, but cant' right now (much nicer than keeping dozens tabs open in my PC web browser). The dedicated Android app automatically syncs my list between my PC, phone, and tablet, both for reading articles and for saving links from Facebook or Google Reader or any other app that supports link sharing. The app also caches your articles to your phone's SD card so you do not need a data connection when you are reading (e.g. on a plane or subway). RIL Pro is slick, fast, robust, and has all the features that I want for only $1.

My only complaint is that the PC desktop website is not as powerful as the Android app, especially if you are not using Firefox.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful App - Recommended July 4, 2011
By Kim T
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This is a very useful app for those that often multi-task. I may see an interesting article while searching for something else & this app allows me to save the article to read at my leisure. No need to have to remember how I "got there" to find it again later - it is stored on my SD and in my reading list. I purchased this while "on sale" but feel this app is definitely worth the full asking price. Great Job!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommended July 7, 2011
By dmlasp
Downloaded this a few months ago on the Android Market and I highly recommend it. Well worth .99 or the full price. It integrates well with browsers on my laptop (now Chrome, previously IE); on Readitlater's website you can add buttons to your computer browser to add a page, check your reading list, or "Mark as Read." It also integrates well with my phone browser(Dolphin has an add-on; it worked fine when I used Opera Mobile too). And it integrates with various news apps, which allow you to "share" directly with Readitlater. Being able to organize into categories is great. The app doesn't give 100% off-line reading but it's still fine. Also per the developer's website, the iPhone version has more options (e.g., topics; delete but not archive; more sharing options) & will eventually get a "Digest" purchase option. The Dev responded immediately to my suggestion/comment on a forum-they are adding many of those in updates and for all I know may have added some. Note there are also various third-party apps for integration with Instapaper, but I tried Readitlater first (because it clearly looked like the best) and never had problems, so never got around to trying the others.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy Now November 24, 2011
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Originally I gave this a one star and was very disappointed as I did not see a way to change the font size or zoom in. At the base of the App is "T" which I thought was the only app control.

After my post a Read It Later staff member responded with how to increase the size by using the Kindle Fire option button (is that the right name?).

Now that I can change the font size, I am mega happy and love this app!

I have been using Instapaper as it works so nicely on the iPad, but there is no Instapaper native app for the Android. There are third party options, but to use those you have to pay a monthly subscription to Instapaper (a small amount, but a hassle in my opinion).

So I am switching over to Read It Later as it works cross platform and gives me more options to read on multiple devices. CrankyScott gives this app a thumbs up!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and easy
Really one of the best app to read every article or webpage that usually stress you because there is not enough time to read it at this moment
Published 19 hours ago by Jaisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart App
I love this app...I especially love that you can read the articles on or off line. A blessing in disguise. I only wish I had known about it sooner.
Published 2 days ago by K. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
Great for reading Web sites on my tablet when they can't or won't provide a readable format for tablet. Font too large is just as bad as font too small! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Prairie Crone
5.0 out of 5 stars completely improved my experience on the web.
Being able to tag and archive articles of interest revolutionized the way I use the internet, allowing me to keep track of and enjoy articles in my own time.
Published 9 days ago by Robert Frazor
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for anyone who has any kind of tablet
I just dig this application.
The fact you can save web pages to view later is great!
I like to read different blogs and being able to save different blog posts is a great... Read more
Published 11 days ago by snowgrind
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluid App, One Problem
This app is nice to use, gives many reading options for saved web pages. But, longer articles are only partly saved. This is alas, a show stopper for me. Read more
Published 14 days ago by JPP Smorenburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Get organized!
A friend sends me a link to a cool YouTube video, don't have time to watch it now: put it in my pocket. Read more
Published 21 days ago by mama k
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy
Useful for holding things til later & when no WiFi available. Used mostly on journeys for holding articles which
h I wanted to read but didn't have time for.
Published 21 days ago by B
4.0 out of 5 stars What a terrific idea!
Four stars instead of five just because, for some unknown reason, it took me about a week to get it to work on my Kindle HD. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Joyce Ashcroft
3.0 out of 5 stars Pocket
i just don't use it. Not really sure what it is for. cannot help to review whatever it is. Bye.
Published 25 days ago by J.D.
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