Using Pocket for Google Chrome
Installing the Pocket Chrome Extension
To download the Pocket Chrome Extension, click here
Using the Pocket Chrome Extension
When you're viewing a page that you'd like to save to Pocket, just click the Pocket toolbar button. Or, if you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, press Command+Shift+P (Mac) or Control+Shift+S (Windows). You'll be notified that the page has been saved, and from here, you can add Tags, Archive, Undo Save, view your List, and access the Extension’s settings.
In addition to saving links that you currently have open in your browser, it's also possible to save a link that you see on a web page without opening it first. You can save links within a web page by right-clicking on them and selecting Save to Pocket.
The Pocket save confirmation appears after clicking the Pocket Button to save a page.
After saving you can take various actions on the item that was just saved:
To add Tags, type tag names into the text box and press Enter. Your tag will be saved automatically. You can also keep typing to add additional tags.
If you're looking for an easier way to Tag, Pocket Premium includes Suggested Tags, which appear automatically after saving and can be added to your saved page with a single click.
Save and Archive
In addition to saving new pages that you haven't yet read, Pocket can also be used to keep track of things you’ve already read and may want to reference later. You can now Archive the page you’ve saved directly from the Chrome extension. Hover your mouse over the Menu button (•••), then click Archive Page.
If you saved a page by mistake, you can undo it. Hover your mouse over the Menu button (•••) then simply click Remove Page.
View your List
You can also go directly to your List by hovering your mouse over the Menu button (•••) and clicking Open Pocket.
After you install Pocket for Google Chrome, you will notice that Pocket links are added to the following websites:
Content Recommendations with Pocket for Google Chrome
Pocket for Google Chrome surfaces recommendations in two ways: New Tab Recommendations and Related Recommendations. Both are here to help you discover high-quality content at just the right time.
New Tab Recommendations
When you open a New Tab in Chrome, you’ll be presented with three must-read stories that are trending on Pocket and worth checking out. Click the title to to open the article, or click the Save button to save it to your List for later.
In addition to trending stories, you’ll also see a list of topics that are trending. Click any topic to dive in and explore the top related stories.
Tip: Want to keep exploring? Click View More Stories to visit the Pocket Explore page.
When you save a page using the Chrome extension, you’ll begin to see a list of stories related to the page you just saved. This is a great way to dive deeper into a topic you care about.
You can click on a recommendation to view it, or click the Save button to save it to your List.
Customizing your Pocket Experience in Chrome
You can customize the Pocket for Chrome extension to suit your needs. Here are two ways to access the Options menu:
- Right click (or control+click on Mac) on the Pocket icon and select Options
- After saving, hover your mouse over the Menu button (•••) then click Settings
Here’s a brief overview of the options you can customize:
You can disable/enable the keyboard shortcut here, and customize it to a different key combination. To make this change, click inside the grey box, type a new combination, and then press Enter to save it.
Quick Save Services
Pocket is integrated into three popular sites: Twitter, Hacker News, and Reddit. Check the box next to these site names to enable a Pocket button when browsing.
If you’d like to control how recommended content appears in Chrome, you can do so here. Just make your preferred change next to the New Tab and Contextual Recommendations sections. Here’s how:
- In the New Tab section, you can choose between seeing only Pocket Recommendations, only your most visited sites in Chrome, or both.
- In the Recommendations section, check the box to toggle this feature off and on.
I don’t see New Tab Recommendations when I open a new tab in Chrome. What should I do?
There are a couple of reasons why you may not be seeing New Tab Recommendations when opening a new tab in Chrome.
First, make sure that the Pocket extension is enabled in Chrome. Here’s how to confirm:
- In Chrome, visit chrome://extensions
- Look for “Save to Pocket” in the Extensions list.
- Check to see that the box is checked under the “Enabled” column. If not, check the box to enable Pocket.
Additionally, there are many Chrome extensions that can modify newly opened Tabs in Chrome, so you may need to disable another extension in order to see New Tab Recommendations from Pocket.