Getting Started with Pocket for iOS


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

Installing Pocket on your iPhone

Pocket is a free app and is easy to install. Just visit the App Store and search for Pocket. You can also follow this link to take you to Pocket’s App Store page.

Signing Up for Pocket on iPhone

If you’ve never used Pocket before, you’ll need to create an account. Open the app, then tap Sign up with Email. You can also click the Sign Up with Google button if you’d like to use your Google account to create your Pocket account. Click here to learn more about using Google Sign On.

Logging in to Pocket for iPhone

If you already have a Pocket account, just enter your email address and password to log in. Or, if you signed up with a Google or Firefox Account, simply click the Sign In with Google or Sign in with Firefox button.

If you are having trouble logging into Pocket, here’s what you can do:

Getting Oriented with Pocket for iPhone

Working with Items in your List

Tap any item in your List to open it, or swipe across any item to show the item Actions. They make it easy to Tag, Archive, Favorite, Delete, and Share any item.

Opening Saved Items

When you open items in Pocket, they will open in Article View or Web View. Article View is Pocket’s signature reading mode, which strips out ads, sidebars, and other distracting content so you can read comfortably. You can also adjust your reading background and font, and even highlight passages that you want to remember.

Web View allows you to open items and see them in their original format, as they appear if you opened them in a web browser.

What’s in the filters menu?

When you open up Pocket for iPhone, you’re taken to your Home tab, where your List of saved items is displayed. If you tap Home again, this will reveal the filters menu, where you can navigate to other areas of Pocket.

  • My List - When you save an item to Pocket, it will appear in your List. The List is sorted from newest to oldest by default, but you can reverse the order in Settings.
  • Archive - The Archive is a great place to keep items that you may want to revisit in the future. You can view your Archive when you’re online.
  • Favorites - You can mark any important item as a Favorite. The favorites list includes items from both your List and Archive. You can view your Favorites when you’re online.
  • Highlights - All of the highlights you create will be listed here. Tap on a highlight to open the article it comes from.
  • Content Filters - There are two ways to filter your List: Articles and Videos. Each will show that particular type of content and hide the rest.
  • Tags - Tags make a great way to organize items in Pocket. Selecting a tag from the Tags menu will filter your List to only show items with that particular tag. Click here to learn more about using Tags.

Find great stories with Discover

Tap the heart button to open the Discover tab. Visit Discover to see what’s trending in the Pocket community, and follow your friends on Pocket to see the stories they’re Recommending as well.

Click here to learn more about the Recommendations in the Discover tab.

View Notifications in the Activity tab

The Activity tab displays updates from your friends and people you follow on Pocket.

Share what’s important to you in your Profile

When you Recommend an article or video in Pocket, it will appear on your Profile. Click here to learn more about viewing and editing your Profile.

Listen to articles in Pocket

Tap the headphones button to start listening to your articles in Pocket. This is perfect for those times when you’re doing chores around the house or driving during your commute, when your eyes and hands are busy.

Click here to learn more about listening to articles in Pocket.

Find What You’re Looking For With Search

Tap the Search button in the top right corner to search for items you’ve saved in Pocket. All users can search for saved pages by their title and URL.

Pocket Premium subscribers have access to a host of additional searching options, including the ability to search through article text, access to advanced search operators, and searching by Tag, Author, Keyword and more.

Click here to learn more about the advanced search options with Pocket Premium ›

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