Viewing your Saved Items in Pocket for Android

Introduction

This article explains how to read and view your saved items in Pocket on your Android phone or tablet, and how to adjust your viewing preferences.

To view your list of saved items in Pocket on your Android device, just open Pocket and log in to your account. Then, just tap an item to view it.

Viewing an Item

Article and Web View

When you open an item, Pocket will choose the best way to display that item’s content. There are two possible views: Article View and Web View.

Articles, news stories, blog posts, and most text-based pages will be shown in Article View, which optimizes text and images for your screen. This distraction-free, easy-to-read format is designed to deliver the best reading and viewing experience, with all unnecessary information left out. Pocket will use Article View whenever possible.

In Web View, Pocket displays the page just as it would appear in its original form, in a separate tab. It’s the same as opening the page in a web browser.

When opening videos in Pocket, you’ll be presented with a simple video player.

Choosing a View

To switch between Article and Web View, tap the overflow menu in the top right corner and select Switch to Web View or Switch to Article View.

To control which view Pocket uses by default, go to Settings and turn off the Download Best View option. This will reveal additional options: Always Fetch Article and Always Fetch Web View.

Item Actions

The toolbar at the top of Article View includes the following actions:

Article View Toolbar

The overflow menu shows the following additional actions:

Overflow Menu

Customizing Article View

Using Display Settings, you can customize Article View to create your ideal reading experience. Tap the overflow menu, then tap Display Settings. Here, you can control font style, text size, reading theme, and screen brightness.

Reading Features

Fullscreen Mode

When you scroll down, Fullscreen Mode activates to create a distraction-free reading experience. Your device’s notification bar will be temporarily hidden. To exit Fullscreen Mode, scroll up or tap once in the center of the screen.

If you would prefer that Pocket not automatically enter Fullscreen Mode, you can disable it in Settings.

Scrolling or Page Flipping

While reading an item in Article View, you can either scroll up and down, or flip one page at a time. To enable Page Flipping, swipe left or right across the screen. Swipe again as needed to go to the next or previous pages. To return to scrolling, swipe vertically.

If Page Flipping is not how you prefer to read, you can disable it in Settings.

Volume Rocker Scrolling

To read items without touching your screen, enable Volume Rocker Scrolling in Settings. The Volume Down button will move the item to the next page, while Volume Up will move to the previous page. You can also hold these buttons to jump to the beginning or end of an item.

Justify Text

The default layout of text in Article View is justified, where text is aligned to both sides of the screen. If you prefer that text be aligned only to the left, you can disable Justified Text in Settings.

Reading Themes

You can choose among Light, Dark and Sepia Themes for Pocket. This will change the background of all items in Article View.

Note: The Dark Theme can also be enabled in Settings, and will extend throughout Pocket for Android, including your List and Settings.

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