Instapaper's review

    Published: 2012-06-06, by .

    Instapaper gives you a read later bookmark

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

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

    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.

    Manu Appszoom logo

    by Manu , Appszoom

    Jun 06, 2012


    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

    Users review

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    Users comments for Instapaper

    Max GT

    by Max GT

    Nov 12, 2017  |  "Good"

    Why are the paging dots at the top??? It a fundamentally bad design decision.

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Nov 11, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Easy to use. Great and useful features.

    Shabbir Patel

    by Shabbir Patel

    Nov 08, 2017  |  "Great"

    I use both Pocket and Instapaper, personally I find Instapaper more reliable for offline reading as it seems to save articles properly, whereas the same ones on Pocket might not save properly and then you need to go online which defeats the entire point of the app. Instapaper doesn't look as nice as Pocket but I'd say it does a better job overall

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Nov 07, 2017  |  "OK"

    I used to like it for me the playlist feature and for the many included fonts (instead of just two with Pocket). But I despise​ the text-to-speech function that speaks each open and close quotation mark as N-Q-U-O-T. It is awful, annoying, and avoidable. Instapaper is the only app with this deficiency.

    Linda Suurkula

    by Linda Suurkula

    Nov 05, 2017  |  "Good"

    Great for saving articles to come back to later. Allows search for free as opposed to Pocket. My problem is that it doesn't allow articles to be stored on the external SD card - no such option. Any app which can let you download lots of data should give an option to store on external SD, this is pretty basic in my opinion.

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Nov 03, 2017  |  "OK"

    Two stars for actually saving new articles I set from phone browser and keeping place of where I stopped reading them. Negative three stars for massive load times which update nothing and previous articles saved that won't load. I would think it's due to the grey matter of all your saved library but it set for only 50 in offline mode. However they at least save for the desktop version.