Unwrapped: How to Use Read It Later with Your New Computer & Browser

Did someone special get you a computer this year? Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, Read It Later is the best way to make the most of it: You can save stories, videos, recipes and images right from your browser, and then come back to it anytime you want: at your desk at home or work, on a flight and on the go.

With Read It Later, you get a beautiful reading and viewing experience, and easy access to the content that matters most to you.

Here are five tips for getting started with Read It Later:

1. Sign up for Read It Later to set up your queue

You can get started here by creating a username and password. Once you start adding content, you’ll be able to access your queue (above, and newly redesigned for our upcoming 3.0 release) from any browser or device.

2. Start saving content: Put the Read It Later bookmarklet in your browser

Add our bookmarklet to your browser (you can download extensions for Firefox and Chrome, or follow these instructions for Safari), and you’ll be able save stories, videos and images from your computer. With one click of the button, you can save your content and send it straight to your phone or tablet.

Just go to our bookmarklet page, grab a button, and drag it into your browser’s bookmarks bar…

Then use it to click “read later” on whatever interests you on the web:

• Stories
• Videos
• Recipes
• Images
• Travel content
• Products

3. Use Read It Later on your other devices and inside your favorite apps: Twitter, Flipboard, Zite, Pulse and more

Read It Later works seamlessly with iPhone/iPad, Android and Kindle Fire, to name a few. The same goes for some of the most popular apps for each device: You can add your credentials and click “read it later” from Twitter, Flipboard, Tweetbot, Zite, and Pulse, among others. Just go into your device’s or apps’ settings to add your username and password.

4. You’re all set up! Now what kind of content should you save?

Read It Later isn’t just a “bookmarking” service. It takes the content you’ve saved and presents it in a clean, light, readable view. Digging into your favorite magazines, newspapers and blogs has never been easier.

Other content looks great, too: recipes, travel content—and video! When you save links from video services like YouTube & Vimeo, you can stream them right inside the app. You’ll have entertainment queued up whenever you want it.

5. Other goodies that work great with Read It Later

Read It Later also makes it easy to do more with your Queue. Try some of these services:

• IFTTT (“If This, Then That”): This service makes it easy to sync your Google Reader, Twitter favorites, or YouTube and Vimeo favorites with Read It Later. Take a look at their recipes for more great Read It Later ideas.

• Crofflr: Use an E-Ink Kindle along with your computer? Crofflr is an independent service that helps you sync your Read It Later queue with your Kindle.

• Read Now: Want to access your Queue from a desktop app on your Mac? Give this a try.


Coming soon! Get a sneak peek at the new Read It Later 3.0 >


Want to set up Read It Later with other devices? Check out our Getting Started guides for:

Android smartphones and tablets
Kindle Fire
E-Ink Kindle
Other devices and apps