Get More Out Of Pocket With These 6 Tips To Enhance Your Reading Experience

Nancy Messieh 15-06-2013

online reading tipsPocket is the ultimate read-it-later service which makes it easy to save articles and online content for later viewing. We’ve already taken an in-depth look at all of  Pocket’s key features Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More  since it was rebranded from Read it Later to Pocket, and became a completely free service.


While Pocket is simple and easy-to-use, there are a few ways you can make the experience of using the service even better. Whether it’s finding interesting ways to save content to your Pocket account, or to share that content with others, or even ways that improve how you can consume that content through Pocket, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 6 tips to make your Pocket experience even better, in no particular order:

Use Tags

One of the more subtle and somewhat hidden features of Pocket is the ability to tag the content that you’re saving. As you begin to use Pocket on a regular basis, you’ll find your Pocket collection getting overwhelmingly big. Luckily, in addition to being able to search for content saved in Pocket, you can also add multiple tags to each item. You can tag them according to the source, topic, or any other system that appeals to you. This makes it much easier to sort through and find articles again at a later stage, particularly if you’re using Pocket as a research tool.

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A word of warning, however. Pocket themselves say that you should not use the service as an alternative to an online bookmarking service. In their own words they say:


“Please note: Pocket is not a replacement for archival bookmarking. We strongly advise against importing thousands of items here unless you plan to read/view them. For archival bookmarking, we recommend Pinboard, which has integration with Pocket.”

Use Pocket with IFTTT

Pocket really makes life easier by giving its users one of the easiest and simplest ways to save content to read later. What could be better than that? Automating the process. With a service like IFTTT, you can completely automate the process of sending content to Pocket so you don’t have to even think twice about lining up interesting reads for when you have time. By using IFTTT you can incorporate Pocket into your natural workflow and save interesting reads for later.

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One recipe you can use that’s particularly useful is automatically saving your Twitter favourites to your Pocket account. You can also take advantage of recipes that automatically save new posts from any given site or RSS feed or save Vimeo videos quickly to your account.

Not only can you use IFTTT to save content automatically to your Pocket account, you can also use it to automatically share that content. For example, when you archive content, you can have it automatically posted to Twitter or Tumblr.


You can find all of these recipes in our list of IFTTT recipes that supercharge your Pocket experience Supercharge Your Pocket Experience With These IFTTT Recipes Between the two of them, Pocket and IFTTT are excellent services that do their part in making their users more productive. Pocket gives users a one-stop shop to access all of the content - articles,... Read More .

Use the Mobile Apps for Offline Viewing

Part of what makes Pocket such a useful service is the ability to take it on the go with you. In my opinion, you’re simply not getting the most out of it if you’re not using the mobile apps. Once you’ve got all of your content saved on Pocket and are ready to hit the road, be sure to open up the app while you’re still connected to the Internet so it can download all of your articles for offline viewing.

Offline viewing is just one of the many perks that come with using the Pocket apps. A recently introduced update to Pocket makes sharing content from the app easier than ever – including sharing to social networks, via email, or to your favorite apps like Evernote, Reddit and Buffer, among many others.

Filter by Content Type

One of the coolest features that Pocket offers is the ability to filter your content by type. The types of content you can filter are articles, photos, or videos. By using this filter system you can turn Pocket into a video playlist or a great way to browse a gallery of interesting or beautiful photos. If you’d rather focus on the written word, filter down to just articles.


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Email Stories to Pocket

There are a lot of ways that you can get content into Pocket to read later, whether it’s using the bookmarklet or IFTTT recipes.  One of the universal ways to do this no matter the platform, OS or gadget you’re using is to do this via email. You can save content to your Pocket account simply by emailing links to from the email account associated with your Pocket account.

All you have to do is place the link in the body of the email, and don’t bother with a subject.

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You can also add additional emails to your account, turning Pocket into a collaborative tool where friends or family can email you stories they think you might want to read. You can really take this feature to another level by opening up just one Pocket account for group use, and it becomes a central place for a group of friends to share and consume content away from Facebook or other social networks.

Use Your Pocket RSS Feed

You can access the RSS feed to your Unread List, Archived List, and all items. To access your RSS feeds, you can use the following links, but be sure to replace USERNAME with your Pocket username:

Unread List:


All Items:

To take advantage of this feature, you may have to turn off password protection for your RSS feeds which you can do by going to Options > Privacy.

You can use the RSS feed to share with other people who want to subscribe to your saved list, or you can embed the RSS feed in a sidebar on your website to share with your followers.

Do you have any tips on how to make your Pocket experience even better? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Terry Retter
    December 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    A capability to tag items in Pocket and the use a RSS feed to send the tagged items to another program would be useful. Having only read, unread or all does not provide a lot of utility for use with other processes.

  2. Siddhant Chaurasia
    June 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Wow! That's really cool! I didn't know that you can subscribe to Pocket as a RSS Feed or even email your links! Awesome!

  3. Totoliciu Dan Catalin
    June 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Nice work!!!

  4. PseudoChris
    June 20, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Was recently turned onto this app and I use it just about every day now. It's simple and integrates perfectly with Chrome on my PC.

  5. Onaje Asheber
    June 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I have never used Pocket, I'll try it. Thanks.

  6. Phuc Ngoc
    June 18, 2013 at 4:21 am

    My favorite Save-for-later! If Pocket improves offline-reading for both Archived and Favorited items, I would be so grateful!

  7. chrisham
    June 17, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I just love Pocket and use it extensively, however is there any where I can actually email the content of my email body to Pocket. Some material I receive at office is not contained in a URL and would love to read it in my spare time. I tried IFTTT but like wise it only offers the URL option. Any thoughts and recommendation???

  8. ken
    June 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Pocket has terrible search capabilities... After a year of sticking things in there i can no longer find them., I just downloaded google cloud print which you can print directly to the cloud as pdfs on google drive... Google drive has the best search in the galaxy because its powered by google search and can search inside pdfs.. In fact reading this article i will uninstall pocket. Data is worthless if you cant do in depth searches.... Pocket searches titles only and not content

  9. Max
    June 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I used to use pocket a lot, but then I realized... if I put something on my reading list... chances are I won't ever end up reading it later if it's not that interesting.

    I use kippt to archive articles I HAVE read. And also other links I might want to refer back to another day.

    • Nancy Messieh
      June 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      That's interesting. I use Pocket in a very specific way. On my commute to work, I'll save articles I come across on Twitter that I know I'll need for work that day. And then throughout the day, if I come across interesting articles I want to read but don't have time for, I'll save to Pocket and then read on my commute home. I think Pocket really is all about immediate use - because as you say - you'll just end up not reading any of the articles you save.

  10. null
    June 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

    cool !!

  11. Tinkicker
    June 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I've used Pocket and liked it since the Read It Later days. I just can't justify its use in my life. Why? Simple...sharing. If I find a webpage I want to read later, I just share it to Evernote where I assign the tags and such. For my purposes, Pocket is just another layer, a middleman between the page and where it's going to end up in Evernote anyway, so for me it's a waste of phone memory. Love it....just don't need yet another link in the chain. But for someone who doesn't use Evernote or another such organizational tool, it's fantastic.

    • Nancy Messieh
      June 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

      What kind of sharing features does Evernote offer that Pocket doesn't? I find sharing on Pocket pretty intuitive - you can share to social networks/via email or even with Buffer, and with IFTTT it's as simple as adding a story to your Pocket Favorites or archiving it and it can automatically be shared on Twitter, for example.

      • Kelsey
        June 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

        Nancy it's not that Evernote has that many features. I'm sure pocket has much more
        But for what I do, which is sharing an article to Evernote for categorization in its system, simply sharing from my browser (I use Boat Browser for Android) fulfills my needs,without the bloat of a middleman app.

        • Nancy Messieh
          June 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

          Ah I misunderstood - I thought you meant sharing out of Pocket/Evernote to other services. I will agree with you though, Evernote is an awesome app and it's definitely one that I use on a regular basis too :)

  12. Kelly B
    June 15, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I love Pocket!

  13. johnbossi
    June 15, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I've been using Pocket (Read It Later) for a long time but never used it to its full potential. Thanks for the info.