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100,000 - 500,000 downloads

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

- Fixed problems downloading newly saved articles

4.1.3: Fixed blank articles on Android 5.x (pagination)
- Improved read progress sync between Android and Web/iOS
- Fixed Cyrillic text issues
- TTS fixes
- Fixed immersive mode in Android 5.x

Version 4.1:
- New built-in dictionary allows you to lookup word definition quickly
- Many UI/UX improvements and bug fixes for Text-to-Speech
- Text-to-Speech notification will now show the progress
- Forward/Rewind in lockscreen

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Comments and ratings for Instapaper
  • (53)

    by Edgard Fonseca on 11/04/2015

    I am very satisfied with the interaction this app has with the instapaper service but it's missing a "add page" button.

  • (53)

    by Dean Chan on 11/04/2015

    It would be better to add support for equation display on pages with Mathjax.

  • (53)

    by Taras Savytskyi on 09/04/2015

    Please, add Georgia or Times New Roman fonts, Thanks!

  • (53)

    by Kunna Aulia on 09/04/2015

    Better than pocket

  • (53)

    by Gene Whitehead on 09/04/2015

    Better than Pocket in permissions, but does ask for location which seems unnecessary. Clean design, nice to read with and navigate. I can understand limits for unpaid version, developers deserve to be compensated, but seriously, 5 highlights limit or 3 bucks per month?

  • (53)

    by Naeem Ullah Dawar on 07/04/2015

    I found this app really helpful for students. Easy and smooth..... Amazingly cool & simple.

  • (53)

    by Jon Smithers on 05/04/2015

    Broken on lollipop? Works on KitKat. Pagination is way better than Pocket's.

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