Getting Started with Pocket for Android
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. Follow this link to view Pocket on the Google Play Store or click here to install directly from our website.
Signing Up for Pocket
If you’ve never used Pocket before, you’ll need to create an account. Open the app and choose your preferred signup option.
Logging in to Pocket
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 Log In with Google or Log in with Firefox button.
If you are having trouble logging into Pocket, here’s what you can do:
Viewing saved items saved to your Pocket
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: Tag, Archive, Favorite, Delete and Share.
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 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.
- 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. 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.