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The Best Read it Later Apps

The Best Read it Later Apps

Marcin Michalak
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September 7, 2020

We all have exciting blogs, magazines or Youtube channels we follow every day. What if you don't have time to read these now? How to save them effectively for later so you remember to read them later?

If you find an interesting article online, or your friend sends it to you, you most likely save it in your browsers bookmarks or note to add it to your reading queue. Then, when you have time to sit and read, you are ready to access the library of your saved bookmarks. It's crucial how the library looks; If the collection is clean and organized, your reading experience is much better.

We tested multiple top-rated read it later apps, and here are those we like the most!


If you are looking for a bookmarking app, which helps you store links or articles but doesn't allow to read articles within the app, take a look at our picks for Best Bookmark Manager Apps

What makes a great read it later app?

Great read it later, the app is not about just storing articles and other links. Great ones should allow you to access the content later easily and – in the best case – remind you about the items you saved. Moreover, these apps should:

  • Let you save or bookmark online articles with native or browser extensions
  • Let you import the content
  • Allow you to organize the content with folders, tags or categories
  • Be accessible on multiple devices
  • Remind you about not read content and encourage you to do so

When I was looking for the app for myself, I tested heavily at least ten most popular apps on the market. I've picked five, which seemed the most interesting for me.

The best 5 read it later apps

Let's have a look at them here:

Pocket for cross-platform storage

(iOS, Android)

One of the most well-recognized read-it-later apps is Pocket, now known as Read It Later, established in 2007. Owing to its usefulness, over 10 million people make use of this app and that too for a good reason. What makes it a favourite app, especially for technology lovers, is its simplicity. Moreover, it integrates with over 300 apps with the inclusion of Flipboard and Twitter.

How Does Pocket Work?

This bookmark manager app syncs across each of your devices automatically. In addition to this, it allows you to email content to your queue. Best of all, it doesn't require you to have an internet connection to read the content.

Pocket for simple read later storage

What About Its Price?

The basic version of this read it later app is free. Pocket Premium users pay $4.99 every month. Also, they get ad-free version service with a permanent library for saving everything they want.

Mailist for weekly newsletters of your bookmarks

This fantastic tool allows users to save content in a simple way of reading it later. Apart from that, users will receive a smart newsletter created from their saved, unread links once a week.

Mailist for weekly newsletters of your bookmarks

Moreover, it provides its users with complete control of the content. Aside from that, it also detects broken and inactive links, so allow its user their removal or replacement with new ones.

What's even better? Having a Mailist Pro account will enable the users to assign tags on the links as well as categorize them anyhow they want to. Also, it unlocks access to daily reminders, so you can send email reminders with the articles to read later any day you want.

What About Its Price?

The basic functionality comes of Mailist for free. However, to enjoy the broad-ranging services of Mailist Pro, you will need to subscribe.


EmailThis for using your inbox as your reading list

This simple app let's you fetch the article content removing the ads & distractions from the page and send you an email with just the text and images.

You can then open your inbox and the email and read the article whenever you want.

Adding an article is possible by using browser extension (Chrome or Firefox) or smart drag and drop bookmarklet which work out of the box on all browsers.

What About Its Price?

A non-premium user can only save 20 web pages per month and its free for him. Premium plan has no such restrictions and adds some additional features like adding notes to the bookmarks or saving PDF snapshots.


Raindrop.io for complex bookmarking

This app comes with a search feature for helping users to locate anything with ease. On top of that, users can share their bookmarks with a group or even the public. Furthermore, a blue cloud icon, which you will find in the taskbar of the browser extension, allows you to store bookmark extensions.

Raindrop.io for complex bookmarking

What About Its Price?

The basic functionality of this all-in-one bookmark manager app is free. However, you can unlock all of its features by subscribing to Pro. Notably, the PRO user's bookmark cloud backup also get 1 GB of image storage.

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