10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • Simplicity
  • Highly compatible
  • Dark mode
  • Highly configurable.
  • Needs social integration
  • Web version is too simple
  • No Lite/trial version
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Expert's Review

"I have no time right now, I'll read it later"

Reviewed by / Jun 06, 2012

Instapaper gives you a read later bookmark

After becoming the most-known bookmarklet for iOS, Instapaper, powered by Tumblr developers, hits Android OS. It allows you to save webpages, articles and any other resource to read them later, even offline. What's more, it provides a good-looking and friendly layout for making easier reading all that resources. A layout which is highly configurable.

There are other similar resources, some of them have been on Android for a long time. What could be the added-value feature of Instapaper? I would say a high compatibility and integration. Since Instapaper reached great success on iOS, there are already lots of browsers plugins and alternative apps that makes things easier. What's more, it's backed by a professional team of developers.

Regarding features: Instapaper allows you to save to read later lots of resources just by tap "share" button and then selecting Instapaper or through browsers plugins. Likewise, you can add folders and tags to organize your articles, save worthy articles in the archive after reading them or like them.

From setttings you can enable "dark mode" manually or automatically at night. You can re-download articles manually too, sort articles, set prompting and set up download limits.

In summary: Instapaper is set in a good-looking and highly configurable layout, it's simple and user-friendly and it's fully integration with other resources. Highly recommendable.

Developer's original description available here
Instapaper is the simplest way to save and store articles for reading: offline, on-the-go, anytime, anywhere, perfectly formatted.

Instapaper for Android provides a mobile and tablet-optimized Text view that makes reading Internet content a clean and uncluttered experience. Read offline, even on airplanes, subways, on elevators, or on Wi-Fi-only devices away from Internet connections.

- Saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for tablet and phone screens
- Distraction-free reading environment gets out of your way so you can focus on the content
- Everything you download is then available **OFFLINE**, so you can read whenever you want, even on airplanes, subways, or Wi-Fi-only devices away from internet connections

- Optimized tablet interface
- Adjustable fonts, text sizes, line spacing, and margins
- Dark mode and brightness control for night reading
- Sort your list of unread items by popularity, date, article length, and shuffle
- Folders for organization
- Share via web browser and any app that supports sharing
- Rotation lock
- Download up to 500 articles on your phone or tablet, and store unlimited articles on the Instapaper website
- Folders for organization
- Dictionary and Wikipedia lookups
- Tilt scrolling, page-flipping
- Preview links in the built-in browser without leaving the app
- Search, via in-app purchase

Recently changed in this version

* Version 2.7:
- Fixed all battery issues in Nexus phones (Android 4.4)
- Fixed save via Twitter issues

* Version 2.3:
- Fixed high CPU usage issue
- Subscribers can send articles to their Kindle
- Swipe items in article list to reveal tools (phone only)
- Bug fixes

* Version 2.2:
- Improved download performance
- Downloaded content will no longer be erased randomly
- Offline sync: managing your articles during offline use will now sync correctly
- Fixed repetitive connection error messages

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Comments and ratings for Instapaper
  • (67)

    by Ulmas Pulatov on 28/03/2014

    So I add items into IP while on my computer.... Then following morning I'm on the subway travelling to work. So I pull up the phone, fire up the app, and.... NOTHING! Won't download unless you launch the app and have access to the Internet. Even though I

  • (67)

    by Sajin Panicker on 23/03/2014

    Best reading experience on android but loading articles is rather inconsistent. Otherwise perfect.

  • (67)

    by Anthony Lasala on 21/03/2014

    I'm back and will be using this again going forward.

  • (67)

    by Marcus Badach on 20/03/2014

    If you have a Kindle and enjoy clean uncluttered reading look no further

  • (67)

    by Damo Skees on 12/03/2014

    Keeps reloading articles I've archived - also lacks many features from iOS version that could make it easier to use. Service is good, but this implementation is frustrating

  • (67)

    by justin shockley on 08/03/2014

    Great app but there is no way to create folders as advertised...

  • (67)

    by Zifeng Xu on 06/03/2014

    Articles archived offline will be download again in unread folder after re-connect to network.