How To Use Pocket – Beginner’s Guide
Ever came across an article or video that seemed interesting and that you would’ve liked to read or watch later… and then forgot all about it? Or would you like to work in the park… but the lack of internet makes that impossible. Luckily for you technology is progressing! You could do all of those things, easily… with Pocket! Pocket let’s you save articles and videos for later reading, even without an internet connection! In this article you’ll find everything you need to know on how to use Pocket.
*Note: Pocket also has a great app that you could download in the app store. But for the purpose of this article on how to use Pocket I chose to explain the desktop version.
Step 1: Create An Account
Just like every personal service, you will need to create an account or directly login with your Google Plus account. This can be directly done from the homepage of Pocket.
Step 2: Add The Extension
Directly after you have created your account Pocket will ask you to add its extension to your internet browser. Don’t worry, you’ll only have to click on a ‘Accept’ button that appears automatically. By adding the Pocket extension you’re able to easily save articles and videos to your Pocket library by clicking on the Pocket icon in the top right corner. After adding the webpage you could even add some tags to it so you always know what’s it about.
Step 3: Your Pocket
Once your account is created and you saved some webpages you will be able to open them from your list, which is the first place you’re at after logging in. Every webpage you’ve saved will appear in this list, which can become crowded in no time. Luckily Pocket has created a few easy ways to deal with this problem! On the left hand side there are a couple options, consisting of favorites, archive, articles, video’s, images and tags.
The favorite list contains your favorite webpages. You can easily add something to this list by holding your mouse on the webpage in your list and clicking the star that appears on the lower right.
If you really like a webpage and want to store it for a long time you can add it to your archive. By adding this webpage to your archive it disappears from your list and moves itself to the archive section.
Articles, Video’s and Images
Another thing that makes Pocket great, is that it knows whether the webpage you’ve saved is an article, video or image. So if you just want to browse through your articles you can just go to the article section, the same goes for video’s and images!
Tags. My favorite way to organize all of your saved web pages. By adding a tag or tags to each saved webpage you can always find it by selecting that tag in the Tags section. So, let’s say you’re doing some research on Apps. Than each webpage that you’ll save related to your research should get the tag ‘Apps’, which can be done immediately by giving the tag after you’ve saved the webpage or from within your list by holding your mouse over the webpage and selecting the tag icon on the bottom right. Now, if you want to see all the information you’ve saved about apps you can click on the Tags section and select the ‘Apps’ tag.
In my opinion Pocket is the easiest to use and best working technology to save web pages for later (offline) use, and I hope you’ll think the same way! If you would like to let us know your experience or still have some questions about how to use Pocket, you can let us know in the comment section below.