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Pocket is the undeniable read-it-later leader, but Google seems to be gunning for a spot in that space. Two Google services have the potential to replace Pocket, but there’s a caveat: right now, they’re still pretty bare bones.

Google Inbox, Google’s optional alternative to the standard Gmail layout Google Inbox Review: A Breath Of Fresh Air Google Inbox Review: A Breath Of Fresh Air Gmail is a household name in the email department, but Google wasn't content with it. Meet Google Inbox, a new way of approaching email. Read More , aims to make sure that you see the most important messages you’ve received. With the Chrome extension Inbox by Gmail, you can save articles from your browser to your Inbox.

Whether in the web or mobile versions of Inbox, saved articles will all appear in one bundle.


Expanding that bundle will show the full list.



Clicking on a link will open up the story on the original website. There is no way to save articles for offline viewing, and it doesn’t have Pocket’s ability to offer a clean, ad-free version display of the article.

Why Use Google Inbox Instead?

The way that the service functions, you can use Google Inbox as a to-do list 10 Super Efficient Ways Inbox by Gmail Saves You Time 10 Super Efficient Ways Inbox by Gmail Saves You Time Inbox by Gmail is Google's most recent approach to email organization and management. It can give you a simpler email workflow. Find out if Inbox by Gmail can be the better choice for you. Read More . If you’re saving articles are part of your workflow, Google Inbox might just make that process easier by incorporating your reading list into that.

You can also add alerts for individual articles, so if there’s something you need to be reminded to read, Google Inbox will let you know. And, lastly, it might be helpful to have everything available in one app or tab.

If you prefer a tagged or organized read-it-later experience, Google Save might be the preferrable option for you. Again, saved articles can’t be read offline, but you can tag saved articles to keep things under control.

Would you use Google Inbox instead of Pocket? Let us know in the comments.

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  9. John L Galt
    May 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    One major problem with the Google Inbox (app) is that, if you have filters set up for processing emails to specific labels (especially those that you have skip the inbox), using Google Inbox (app) nullifies that setting, and your filters apply the required label but do not archive from the Inbox. I have a *lot* of filters set up to whisk emails out of the inbox into 'folders' (aka labeled), but upon trying Inbox all of my filters stopped the archival process, making a huge mess of my inbox.

  10. Dmitriy Tverdov
    May 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    a) on desktop it works only in Chrome. Not my browser of choice both on PC or Android - and lot of people agree with that.
    b) For mobile devices it doesn't save articles offline. Major drawback.
    c) Lot of people - like me - like to partition. For me Inbox (and rest of googleland) is for 'semiserious stuff' - ie bills,email notifications, tasks, while pocket(combined with feedly) is for more interest-related. Mixing different parts of life in one app is invitation for distraction and creating mess.

  11. Peter Buyze
    May 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    1 more way for Google to become encrusted in your life's fabric. I know, it is appealing to make use of all its integrated, easy-to-use, free services, but at what (future) price?

    • Nick Allon
      May 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

      and what is the price?

  12. Mike
    May 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Why you should not.

    Just go look at the Google graveyard.

    • Nick Allon
      May 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

      so you will never use a good service just because of a thought, that it can be closed?

      and are you sure Pocket (a small startup of several people) will last forever?

  13. John
    May 27, 2016 at 9:56 am


    not a bad idea but there is an bookmarklet or an extension to save directly an article to inbox (like Pocket extension)?

    Beste regards,