App Review: Pocket App

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With our phones, tablets and computers constantly in our hands and in front of our faces, we’ve kind of become a society of multi-taskers. Or at least, that’s what we’d like to think. If you’ve ever found a picture, article or video and wanted to share it with a friend or take a closer look at it later, but then completely forgotten about it–then Pocket is for you. Pocket is an app that allows you to save all of your favorite links from around the Internet in one place, categorize and tag them, and then conveniently access them later on.

Pocket has been saving us this past week–allowing us to focus on the task at hand, meaning no more opening a page in another tab with the intention of getting to it later. And, it’s been providing endless entertainment when we least expect it. Because everything you store in Pocket can be accessed seamlessly and quickly, standing in line at the grocery store is no longer the worst part of your day, but an opportunity for you to finally read that article your mom sent you (or watch that cat video on YouTube from your BFF).

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BEFORE

When you browse the Internet, what types of things interest you? I’m usually interested in photos! I’m definitely more of a visual person so I gravitate to looking at photos for inspo!

Do you ever save links or screenshot things for later? If yes, where do you save them to? Yes… they become 79% of my photos in my phone’s camera album!

AFTER

How helpful was the Pocket app? Did you find yourself using the app to retrieve links? Very helpful! It took a little while to remember I had the app, but now I am constantly using it!

What was your favorite feature of the Pocket app? Tagging my photos using “fashion” or “photo inspo” to categorize the photos I was saving!

Tips for first-time users? To view your saved Instagram photos, make sure to go to the 3 dots and click Refresh! Keeping fingers crossed an update will come soon so this step is not necessary!!

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BEFORE

When you browse the Internet, what types of things interest you? I sound like an old grandma, but I really like self-help and self-motivation articles like the ones on Elite Daily! I’m a total sucker for food videos too. I won’t actually cook any recipes for fear of burning the house down (ha), but I can watch food reviews/how-to’s like it’s my job. Throw in some LOL-worthy videos and creative photo styling on Instagram and I’m set to be entertained for hours!

Do you ever save links or screenshot things for later? If yes, where do you save them to? Yes! Facebook added a “save link” option a while back, so if I’m scrolling through and see a video or article I like, I’ll add them to my Saved links section. Because of the blog, I screenshot a lot of Instagram accounts, photo inspiration, and techy products and apps to use as blog inspo!

AFTER

How helpful was the Pocket app? Did you find yourself using the app to retrieve links? At first, I had a hard time figuring out how to use it, but once my handy dandy intern helped me out (thanks Caitlan!), it was pretty simple! For the most part, I found myself adding Instagram pictures.

What was your favorite feature of the Pocket app? I liked how everything was automatically sorted. Somehow the app knew what link was an article, which was an image…etc. It makes organizing links super easy! Also, being able to tag your links and further separate them into subcategories is really useful!

Tips for first-time users? To save photos from Instagram, you have to click the ellipses (three dots) on the right-hand side of the photo and click “Copy Share URL.” Once you do that, you immediately have to go into the Pocket app (if you wait too long, your copied link will disappear). There should be a green banner at the bottom with a box that says “Add.” Click the add button and tada! Your photo is saved!

This was the clincher for me: You can access articles offline!

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BEFORE

When you browse the internet, what types of things interest you?Articles, recipes, fitness, and some pictures for products or interior design inspo.

Do you ever save links or screenshot things for later? If yes, where do you save them to? I usually screenshot or open it things Safari and keep the tab open there, but I always find myself forgetting that I even saved something that way. The screenshots also get lost between all the other pictures in my phone.

AFTER

How helpful was the Pocket app? Did you find yourself using the app to retrieve links? It’s really easy to save the link to the Pocket app, it’s definitely more organized than having 10+ tabs open in Safari of things I want to read later on.

What was your favorite feature of the Pocket app?I liked the previews. I also liked that you can archive the links you have looked at and don’t need saved anymore and can favorite the ones you still want for future reference.

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BEFORE

When you browse the internet, what types of things interest you? ALL THE THINGS! Reading articles on the Internet is my jam. Currently I’ve got like seven tabs open, with articles spanning all genres–humor, news, fashion, a Buzzfeed listicle (listicle is a word!! Google it!), and one about comma splicing. I’m really into grammar, ok?

Do you ever save links or screenshot things for later? If yes, where do you save them to? Rather than saving or cataloging links like an organized person would, I just keep hundreds of tabs open. Totally sane and normal.

AFTER

What was your favorite feature of the Pocket app? Ok, this was the clincher for me and Pocket. YOU CAN ACCESS ARTICLES OFFLINE!! I had a ton of articles saved in my Pocket, and while I was on a flight (without Wi-Fi, WTF), I decided to see if I could read my Pocket articles in airplane mode. You totally can!

Did you use the Pocket app mostly on your mobile or laptop? Which is easier/more accessible? I saved the articles mostly from my laptop, but read them on my phone. As I mentioned earlier, I usually have tons of tabs open, so this past week I’ve just used Pocket to file those articles away, and then used the mobile app to read my saved articles on the plane, in line at the grocery store, and while (pretending) to workout.

Tips for first-time users? Install the Pocket Bookmarklet for your web browser! I think discovering articles on your computer is a lot easier, and all you have to do is click the little Bookmarklet button. On your phone, it takes a few additional steps.