Best read-it-later apps

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Are you ever in the middle of something, take a quick glance at your phone and see an interesting article or video you want to read or watch? It’s frustrating because you don’t quite have the time to read or watch it, but you also know that you’ll lose the link when you want to go back to it later. Thankfully, the Web (and smartphones) has made it so much easier to handle a situation like this. Now, there’s plenty of browser plugins and smartphone apps that can not only save that content for you for later, but remind you to read or watch it, too!

In this guide, we’re going to show you some of the best apps out there for saving content to read and watch later.

Pocket

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First up on our list is an old favorite: Pocket. It’s easily the best application out there for saving content to be consumed at a later time. It makes it quick and easy to save all of those interesting links on all different platforms — your computer, smartphone, tablet and so on. Not only that, but it’s so convenient since it syncs the link across your Pocket account, making it accessible from any of your devices or gadgets. And, of course, the developers designed a beautiful UI for Pocket, making a clean, easy and distraction-free environment for reading all of your articles.

Download it now: Google Play

Evernote

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Evernote is another popular option, but isn’t necessarily a dedicated read-it-later application. Evernote is, at its core, a way to take notes, but it’s also a place where you can keep everything so that you stay organized and never lose or forget something again. Evernote will let you takes notes in a bunch of different formats, including text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings and more, making it quick and easy to save a note remind yourself to check out a specific article or video. And, since Evernote syncs across all of your devices — you’ll have that reminder on any device you pick up.

Download it now: Google Play

Instapaper

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Instapaper is almost identical to Pocket; however, it’s much more simple. It’s dubbed as the simplest way to save stories for offline on-the-go reading. When you save an article to Instapaper, it strips it from all of its frills (video, images, and so on), so all you get is a text-view of the article. For offline on-the-go reading, that’s totally fine. In doing this, Instapaper is able to format it in a clean and simplistic way for easy reading. And yes, everything you save to Instapaper is downloaded so that the article can be seen during offline viewing, making it the perfect solution for reading while traveling on an airplane, train or just being somewhere without an Internet connection.

Now, there is a “Plus” version of Instapaper, which brings you a bunch of different goodies, including an optimized tablet interface, adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, margins, a dark mode, folders and plenty of search/filter features.

Download it now: Google Play

Feedly

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Feedly has some similarities to Pocket, but is largely an RSS aggregator. It became popular after Google pulled the plug on Google Reader, but has retained its audience by offering a similar clean and easy-to-use experience. With Feedly, you can add all of your favorite articles, podcasts, videos, YouTube channels and so on. And, much how Pocket works, Feedly will let you save something to be read at a later time if you don’t have the time to look it over straight away.

One of the nicer things about Feedly is its clean user interface. It’s so easy to organize all of your content in different categories, which is especially useful if you keep up with many different publications and sources. It also has a neat no-frills (read: simple) way to read and consume your content.

Download it now: Google Play

Flipboard

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Last up on our list is Flipboard. Flipboard is a tad bit different than the rest, with it essentially being your own personal (customized) digital magazine. When you first download it, you get started by following a couple of different topics you like (e.g. technology, fitness, science and so on). Flipboard brings you a bunch of neat stories that you might not find otherwise, and thankfully, there’s an option to save those stories to your own “collection” for later reading. You can tap the “+” button on any story you come across, which lets you add articles, images and video to a “magazine” that you can look over at a later time.

There’s, of course, a bunch of other really neat features and tools that come with Flipboard. For instance, on tablets, you get a optimized tablet-interface, which has a Content Guide where you can explore hundreds of staff picks (content that Flipboard’s staff thinks you might like based on your chosen interests). If you want to give it a try, just hit the link below — it’s free to sign-up and start reading.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

And that wraps up our guide of our favorite read-it-later apps. These apps are invaluable to have, especially if you love reading informative and educational articles, but hate losing the link when you finally get time to sit down and read it. And, of course, there’s plenty of other read-it-later applications out there, we’re just scratching the surface here with a small list of our favorites.

Either way, there are plenty of options here for everyone. Not a big fan of Pocket? You still have some other excellent and quality choices on the list, such as Evernote, Instapaper and even Feedly.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Major_Pita

    Pocket is best for capturing almost anything for later reading, but isn’t as good at categorizing content if you collect a lot. Mostly just tagging items. Evernote isn’t quite as good as Pocket at capturing web pages but is supreme for how to store and categorize items for quick reference later.
    I used to like Flipboard but lately it had gotten so bad as far as having ads that take over the whole screen and are difficult to dismiss, video adds that auto load and just plain crap that I kicked them to the curb and uninstalled the app. IMO there’s no excuse for ads that invasive on a mobile device.