The Best Read-It-Later Apps of 2021

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Our favorite read-it-later app is Pocket because it’s convenient and provides all of the features most readers need. But depending on your reading habits and your budget, you may want to consider one of the other nine apps on our list instead.

Top 10 Read-It-Later Apps to Try

How We Chose the Best Read-It-Later Apps

To put together our list, we looked for read-it-later apps with certain key features, such as the ability to import content and to read offline. Since most of these apps charge a fee to unlock premium features, you may want to compare them side-by-side before deciding on the app that’s right for you.

Choose the read-it-later app that’s right for you

All of the apps on our list take a slightly different approach to storing and saving your reading material. Some apps forward news articles to your inbox so you can read them later, while others allow you to convert articles into PDF format so it’s easy to read them on your phone. Others can even read articles aloud if you prefer to listen to them while doing other things.

Check for compatibility

Not every read-it-later app is compatible with all devices. Most of the apps on our list are available for Android and iOS devices, but you may need to double-check to make sure they’re compatible with your Kindle, NOOK, or another cloud reader. Some apps also offer browser extensions so it’s easy to bookmark content on your desktop.

Our Read-It-Later App Reviews

Pocket — Top Pick

Pocket App feature

Download: Android | iOS

In many ways, Pocket is the original read-it-later app (in fact, it was called Read It Later when it debuted in 2007) and it still comes out ahead of many of its competitors. It works on a wide range of devices, including the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo e-reader, making it easy to take your reading list with you wherever you go. You can add content to the app via email, a browser extension, or through integrations with over 1,500 other apps. You can try it out for free, but a Pocket Premium subscription will remove ads and offer more personalization options.

Notable features:

  • Premium: $4.99/month
  • Support available: Email, Help Articles & FAQs
Pocket Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Compatible with most e-readers Free version has ads
Integrates with over 1500+ apps  

Mailist — Best Free Version

Mailist App feature

Download: Web app

Mailist is a great read-it-later app for anyone on a budget. Previously, Mailist Pro cost $3.99 per month, but now all of its features are free. Mailist works by sending you an email of links that you’ve added to your account. You can choose how many articles are included in each newsletter and which days of the week you want to receive it. As for adding content, you can add individual articles through a browser extension or import an entire collection at once. Mailist will remove broken links for you automatically.

Notable features:

  • Free
  • Support available: Chat, Email, FAQs
Mailist Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
All features are free No offline reading
Removes broken links No e-reader apps

Instapaper — Best Design

Instapaper App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Instapaper has the best design of all of the apps on our list, with a stylish, minimalist design that mimics the look and feel of a newspaper. You can save links of all kinds, from written content to videos, and access them on all of your devices, including your iPad and Kindle. Best of all, you can adjust the font, spacing, text size, and more making it a great choice for visually-impaired readers or anyone who wants to customize the format of their reading material. Instapaper is free, but you’ll need a premium subscription to create unlimited notes and highlights.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Premium: $2.99/month
  • Support available: Email, Help & FAQs
Instapaper Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Customizable font and layout Free version has limits
Save articles, videos, and more  

Feedly — Best Newsfeed App

Feedly App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Feedly is the best read-it-later app for those who want to stay on top of the news. Rather than waiting for you to add items to your reading list, Feedly collects content for you with the help of an AI research assistant called Leo. You can start by telling Feedly which sources you trust and want to read more regularly, and Leo will “filter out” things that aren’t relevant so you don’t get overwhelmed by it all. You can also share content with your followers via tools like Buffer and Zapier. Feedly offers a Pro plan for individuals, as well as an Enterprise plan for teams.

Notable features:

  • 30-Day Free Trial
  • Pro: $6/month billed annually
    Pro+: $8.25/month billed annually
    Enterprise: Get Quote
  • Support available: Email, Tutorials
Feedly Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
AI-powered “research assistant” No free plan
Share via Buffer, Zapier, IFTTT No offline reading
Business plans available  

Evernote — Best Note-Taking App

Evernote App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Evernote is a bit different from the other apps on our list in that it’s not strictly a read-it-later app, but more of a notebook for storing media of all kinds. You can collect your favorite articles, scan images and PDF documents, and even record audio notes to come back to later. You can also connect your Google calendar and get reminders to take notes before a meeting, helping you stay organized. Evernote’s free plan limits you to two synced devices and 60 MB of monthly uploads, so frequent users may need to upgrade to a Premium subscription.

Notable features:

  • 14-Day Free Trial
  • Premium: $7.99/month
    Plus: $3.99/user/month
    Business: $14.99/user/month
  • Support available: Help & Learning, Discussion Forum, Email & Chat Support
Evernote Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Syncs on multiple devices Upload limits on free plan
Google calendar integration Not specifically for reading
Scan images and PDFs  

PaperSpan — Best for Listening Aloud

PaperSpan App feature

Download: Android | iOS

PaperSpan has several features that set it apart, including the ability to listen to content as it’s read aloud. This makes it easy to stay on top of your reading list while you’re doing something else, even if the original source doesn’t have an audio option. If you prefer to read an article yourself, PaperSpan will send it to your Kindle as an ebook and remove the visual clutter that you’d find on the web version. Other useful features include a reading progress report that shows your reading speed, and peak reading times.

Notable features:

  • Premium: $8.99/year
  • Support available: Email
PaperSpan Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Read-aloud option Less customizable than alternatives
Reading progress report  

EmailThis — Most Convenient

EmailThis App feature

Download: Web browser extensions

EmailThis is the most convenient read-it-later tool on our list. It’s similar to Mailist in that it sends articles directly to your inbox rather than storing them in an app. Where it stands out is that it will get rid of ads and other clutter, so you don’t have to worry about bandwidth or storage space on your devices. Simply add articles using a bookmarket or browser extension, then access them on any device where you can receive email. EmailThis is free, but you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan to attach notes, save PDF screenshots, and search your bookmarks.

Notable features:

  • Premium: $19/year
  • Support available: Email, FAQs
EmailThis Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Creates clutter-free emails No e-reader apps
Offline access Free plan has limits

InstaWeb — Best PDF Converter

InstaWeb App feature

Download: Android | iOS

InstaWeb doesn’t have as many features as the other apps on our list, but that’s because it only focuses on doing one thing: converting web pages into PDF format. You can use it on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device to store web pages in a clutter-free format. You can save the PDFs to your phone or send them to a friend by email, text message, or cloud storage. This app is great for teachers and other professionals who share online content frequently. InstaWeb is free, but requires an in-app purchase of $2.99 to unlock all features.

Notable features:

  • In-app purchases: $2.99
  • Support available: Email
InstaWeb Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Creates clutter-free PDFs Less customizable
Offline access No notifications

Raindrop.io — Best Bookmark Manager

Raindrop.io App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Raindrop.io describes itself as a bookmark manager “designed for creatives, built for coders.” It’s less for casual readers who simply want to curate a reading list, and more for users who frequently return to the same articles, images, or other types of content for work or personal projects. You can save content of all kinds, and come back to it later using a full-text search. Raindrop.io will even back up the content you save, in case the web page it’s on gets taken down or is no longer active. Free users get access to all essential features and unlimited bookmarks, but full-text search and cloud backup are only available for Pro users.

Notable features:

  • Pro: $3/month
  • Support available: Email, Help Center
Raindrop.io Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Backs up content Not specifically for reading
Integrates with IFTTT, Zapier Free version has limits

Flipboard — Best Curated App

Flipboard App feature

Download: Android | iOS

Flipboard offers a curated reading list based on your preferences and personal reading habits. You can choose from categories such as News, Travel, Food, Sports, and Technology, or add content yourself using a browser extension. You can flip through the articles later in a simple,  magazine-style format. There’s also a Flipboard TV option for video content, but you’ll have to pay $2.99/month to remove the ads from it. Flipboard also offers tools for bloggers and social media users who want to curate content to share with their followers.

Notable features:

  • 3-Month Free Trial
  • Flipboard TV: $2.99/month
  • Support available: Email, Help Center, Technical Support
Flipboard Pros & Cons
What we like What we don’t like
Curated content No offline access
Magazine-style format Ad-supported videos

Read-It-Later Apps: Features Summary Table

Read-It-Later Apps Comparison Table
App Subscription Fees or In-App Purchases Features
Pocket — Top Pick Premium: $4.99/month Import Content
Offline Reading
Customizable
Notifications
Sharing
Mailist — Best Free Version Free Import Content
X Offline Reading
Customizable
X Notifications
Sharing
Instapaper — Best Design Premium: $2.99/month Import Content
Offline Reading
Customizable
Notifications
Sharing
Feedly — Best News Feed App Pro: $6/month billed annually
Pro+: $8.25/month billed annually
Enterprise: Get Quote
Import Content
X Offline Reading
Customizable
X Notifications
Sharing
Evernote — Best Note-Taking App Premium: $7.99/month
Plus: $3.99/user/month
Business: $14.99/user/month
Import Content
Offline Reading
Customizable
Notifications
Sharing
PaperSpan — Best for Listening Aloud Premium: $8.99/year Import Content
Offline Reading
X Customizable
Notifications
Sharing
EmailThis — Most Convenient Premium: $19/year Import Content
Offline Reading
Customizable
X Notifications
Sharing
InstaWeb — Best PDF Converter In-app purchases: $2.99 Import Content
Offline Reading
X Customizable
X Notifications
Sharing
Raindrop.io — Best Bookmark Manager Pro: $3/month Import Content
Offline Reading
Customizable
Notifications
Sharing
Flipboard — Best Curated App Flipboard TV: $2.99/month Import Content
X Offline Reading
Customizable
Notifications
Sharing