Getting Started with Pocket for Android

Introduction

Welcome!

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

Installing Pocket on your Android Device

Pocket is a free app and is easy to install. Just launch the app that you use to download apps, such as Google Play or the Amazon Appstore, and then search for Pocket.

Signing Up for Pocket on Android

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 credentials to create your Pocket account. Click here to learn more about using Google Sign On.

Logging in to Pocket for Android

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

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

Getting Oriented with Pocket for Android

Working with Items in your List

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

What’s in the filters menu?

When you open up Pocket for Android, 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.
  • Shared to Me - This section lists items that have been shared with you using Pocket’s Send to Friend feature.
  • 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. 

Find great stories with Discover

Tap the heart button to open the Discover tab. In addition to saving pages to your Pocket account, you can visit Discover to see what’s trending in the Pocket community. You can follow your friends on Pocket to see the stories they’re Recommending publicly as well.

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

Find What You’re Looking For With Search

Tap the Search button to search for items you’ve saved in Pocket. All users can search for saved pages by their title and URL, and Pocket Premium subscribers have  access to a host of additional searching options including full text search.

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

View Notifications in the Activity tab

The Activity tab displays notifications for articles shared to you via Send to Friend, and 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, which can be seen by people who follow you. Sharing to your public Profile is optional, and your List is and will always remain private.

Click here to learn more about viewing and editing your Profile.

Listen to articles in Pocket

Tap the headphones button in the top 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.

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