Highlighting in Pocket

January 2022 update: We're actively working to fix an issue in our web app that prevents highlights from being created successfully. For now, you can highlight on Pocket's mobile apps. Thanks for your patience as we fix this!


Highlighting while reading has enormous benefits. It helps you engage more deeply with the text, comprehend dense subjects, and easily revisit key passages in the future.

You can create highlights in Pocket for Android, iOS and Web. Highlighting is available in Article View.

Highlighting is both a Free and Premium feature

  • For free Pocket accounts, you can create up to 3 highlights per article.
  • For accounts subscribed to Pocket Premium, you can create an unlimited number of highlights.

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In This Article

  • Creating a Highlight
  • Viewing, Sharing, Deleting Highlights
  • Filtering your List by Highlighted Articles
  • Common Questions

Creating a Highlight

Creating a highlight is as simple as selecting text in Article View. When you highlight a passage, the text background will turn yellow so it stands out from the rest of the article.

  1. Hold your finger (or click) on a word that you’d like to include in the highlight
  2. Expand the selection to include the entire passage
  3. Tap or click the Highlight button

Viewing, Sharing, and Deleting your Highlights

When you tap on a highlight in an article, it takes you to the Highlights page, where you can see all of your highlights from the same article in one place. From here, you can take further action on your highlighted passages, including:

  • Recommend: Recommend the article on Pocket where you can add a comment and cross-post to Twitter and Facebook
  • Share: Share the highlight to other apps like Evernote or Google Keep
  • Delete: Remove the highlight from the article

Filtering your List by Highlighted Articles

When you’re viewing your List, you can apply the Highlights filter to see all of your highlights across all of your articles in one place. From here, you can perform the same actions as when you tap a highlight within an article: Recommend, Share, or Delete. To locate the Highlights Filter :

  1. Go to your List
  2. Tap the home button in the menu at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select highlights

On Pocket's website, you can find the Highlights filter in the side menu:

Common Questions

Why don't I see the option to highlight when I select text?

There could be a couple of reasons why you don't see the option to highlight text in Pocket:

  • Highlighting is available in Pocket's apps for iOS, Android and Web. Other platforms and integrations do not have highlighting at this time.
  • Highlighting is available in Article View. If you're viewing an item in Web View, switch to Article View and you'll see the option to highlight selected text.
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