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- [Garrick] Hi I'm Garrick Chow and welcome to Monday productivity pointers. If you are like me, you are constantly coming across interesting looking articles, videos and other content online that you don't always have time to read or view in their entirety. If you are browsing on your computer, you might save an article you want to read as a bookmark so you can read it later. But that only saves the article in that particular browser, not on any other computers or devices you use, unless you've set up your browsers to sync across devices. But even then, that still limits you to saving articles in your browser of choice.
What if you come across an article in an app on your phone? For example if I read a tweet in the Twitter App that I wanna remember later or maybe an article in the news app that I also want to remember. Well some people just email themselves articles they want to remember but then you have articles saved in your browser, links to articles saved in your email and you may be using other methods that further split up all the content you'd like to get back to later on. So today I'm looking at a service called Pocket. It's an app and plugin you can add to your mobile device and desktop browser which saves all the content you wanna view later in one location that you can then access from whatever device you happen to be on, no matter what device you originally saved the content from.
Pocket differs from simply bookmarking a webpage because instead of being tied into your browser, it can be used from your browser as well as your mobile phone and tablet and it's integrated with hundreds of apps so you can save content from just about anywhere. To get started you'll need to download pocket and create a new account. You can do this from the Apple App Store for IOS devices or the Google Play Store for Android devices, or go to getpocket.com on your desktop web browser to sign up and download the Pocket extension for your browser. I have already installed it on my device as you can see here but the beauty of Pocket is that I don't need to open the app in order to use it.
Once it's installed it's automatically integrated into many of the apps I already use. For example, I can go back to Twitter and click the more button here on a tweet that I wanna remember and in this case I tap Share Via. And then here in the share sheet, I should find Pocket. Now the first time you do this you made need to first enable Pocket. Here in IOS you can just tap the more button and just make sure Pocket is turned on here. But in this case all I have to do is tap the Pocket icon and I get a message that it's saved and that's pretty much all there is to it.
Or I can go back to the news app and if I wanna save an article that I find here for later. I can again tap the share button and swipe over and find Pocket. And again just like that, it's saved. So once you have Pocket installed on your device, it automatically becomes one of the options that appears when you tap the share button in the apps that support Pocket. And the number of apps that support Pocket is constantly increasing. And it also works the same way on Android devices. Just find the share button in the App you are using and Pocket should be there.
Now if you are using an app in which the Pocket share option doesn't show up but there is an option to Share Via email and in the case of Safari we do get the Pocket option, but we do have a mail option here as well. In those cases, send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And to integrate Pocket into my web browser, I can install the save to pocket extension. Probably the easiest way to do this is to just perform a search for save to pocket followed by the name of your browser.
So for example I'll search for save to pocket chrome. So here's Save to Pocket. And I can read more about it here and then click Add To Chrome. I'll click Add extension. And you can see it's been added here. So now if I come across and article or page that I want to read later here in my browser I can just click the Save To Pocket button. Now the first time you do this, it's going to ask you to log in, so I'll go ahead and do that.
And I get the message that the page has been saved. We can even add tags if we want to here as well. Now to view your saved content, go to getpocket.com. I'll just reload the page since I just logged in. And here's all the content I've saved. We can sort this by articles or videos, I don't have any videos in this case or images. And if you tag any content, you can sort by tags as well. Similarly on your mobile device you can open up the Pocket app and Pocket will automatically sync to make sure you get the latest content you saved downloaded to your device.
And once it's done with that you can read your saved content even without being online. So if you're say, about to get on a plane, just open up the Pocket app while you still have Internet service and then you can catch up on your reading without having to purchase Internet service aboard your flight. Now Pocket is completely free but they also offer a premium subscription service which gives you the ability to do things like search within the content you saved. The free version only allows you to search the titles and addresses of the saved content. And the paid version also lets you permanently archive and backup the content you save in its current form. So for example, if a webpage you've saved to Pocket changes or updates, you'll still have a copy of the page as it was when you saved it.
But it's worth giving the free version of Pocket a try first. I found it to be extremely useful to have all the content I haven't had a chance to read yet stored in one location. And it let's me catch up whenever I have a few moments free or when I wanna read but don't have an Internet connection. Alright, so that does it for this week. I'm Garrick Chow and we'll see you next time for more Monday Productivity Pointers.