Getting Started with Pocket on your Computer

Welcome -- we’re so thrilled that you’ve signed up for Pocket!

This “Getting Started” article serves as a hub for information about Pocket's web application. It provides a basic introduction and also contains links to other useful Help pages.

Logging in to Pocket on your Computer

To log into Pocket, just enter your email address and password. You can also sign in to Pocket using your Firefox or Google account. Click here to Log into Pocket.

If you are having trouble logging into Pocket, you can reset your Pocket Password or get help recovering a lost account.

Viewing your Pocket on your Computer

When you’re on your computer, you can always view your Pocket by visiting our website. Be sure to bookmark or favorite this page in your browser so that you can easily return to Pocket again and again.

In addition to visiting Pocket’s website, you can access Pocket’s mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Pocket has been translated into 15 languages. Your default language is determined by locale, however, you can set your language at any time using the drop down list at the bottom of the page.

When you log on to Pocket for Web, you’ll see My List by default. This is where you’ll find everything you’ve been saving to Pocket.

At the top, you can navigate to the following pages:

  • My List - where you'll find your saved items
  • Home (beta) - A work-in-progress feature exclusive to our web app where you can find stories by topic
  • Discover - recommended articles trending in Pocket and beyond
  • Collections - curated guides to the best of the web, created by our editorial team
What’s in the Toolbar?

When you visit Pocket in your browser, your List of saved items are displayed. The toolbar at the top allows you to search, customize the layout, view items that have been shared with you, and more.

menu options in top-right corner displaying Search, Save a link, Bulk Edit and Account Menu optoons

  • Search - Type in keywords to look for items in your List and Archive. Click here to learn more about searching in Pocket.
  • Save a URL - Type or paste a link to save it to your list without leaving the site.
  • Bulk Edit - Bulk Edit helps you perform actions on groups of items at once. These actions include Archive, Favorite, Tag, and Delete. Click here to learn more about using Bulk Edit
  • Account Menu - Use the account menu to upgrade to Pocket Premium, change the app background color, change your item display option and change your account options. You can also log out of Pocket from this menu. Continue reading to learn more about the Account menu.

Just below the toolbar is the sort order button. Click this to sort your items by oldest or newest saved.

Adjusting background color, sort order, and item display options

Click on your profile photo in the toolbar to view the Account Menu.

The account menu has the following display customization options:

  • Background color - choose between light, dark or sepia
  • Item display options - Choose between compact list view (which displays the most items at once) detail list view (which displays tags and article text) and tile view (larger images)

Change your display setting to list view (compact) to show several more saved items at once.

Use the list view (detail) to see tags on your saved items at a glance.

In the sidebar, you can click to switch between the main pages plus each filter menu. The page you're viewing will be highlighted in teal. Here's what you'll find in the filters section:

  • Archive - The Archive is a great place to keep items that you may want to revisit in the future.Click here to learn more about the Archive.
  • Favorites - You can mark any important item as a Favorite. The favorites list includes items from both your List and Archive.
  • Highlights - All of the highlights you create will be listed here. Tap on a highlight to open the article it comes from.Click here to learn more about highlighting in Pocket.
  • Articles and Videos - Saved links will appear in article view. Saved videos may open in article view or will open a new tab so you can view the video at the original webpage.
  • All Tags - Tags make a great way to organize items in Pocket. Selecting a tag from the tags menu will filter what you see to only show items you’ve labeled with that tag. Click here to learn more about using tags.
Keyboard Shortcuts

Pocket's web app supports keyboard shortcuts to navigate, change settings and take actions on items you've saved. Click here to learn more about keyboard shortcuts in Pocket for Web.

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