How to install the Read it Later bookmarklet on the iPad and iPhone in mere minutes

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Read it Later is a service  for creating and saving a reading list that can be accessed online or offline. It is available for a variety of platforms–a web-based version via Readitlaterlist.com as well as for iOS, Android, Blackberry, S60, Web OS, Windows Mobile, and eBook readers. In this post, we will show you how to add the Read it Later bookmarklet directly to Safari on your iOS devices. This will allow you to save web pages to your Read it Later account for “reading later.”

We will need to create a bookmark and then go back and edit the bookmark to include the Read it Later bookmarklet JavaScript code. The steps that we will be following are similar to the install steps for Instapaper on the iPhone or install steps for Instapaper on the iPad–only we will be inserting the Read it Later bookmarklet code.

Steps for installing the Read it Later bookmarklet on the iPad

  • First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper via the link above so you are comfortable with the steps.

The remaining steps will be completed via the iPad only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps.

  1. From your iPad, go to “Settings.” Choose “Safari.” Be sure Always  Show Bookmarks Bar is set to “ON.” Be sure JavaScript is set to “ON.” Be sure Accept Cookies is set to “From visited.”
  2. Open this page in Safari on your iPad –> http://wp.me/p1iIjD-di
  3. Now copy the code in this link (press and hold on the code and then release; then adjust the blue overlay so it coves the entire code, and tap “Copy.” read-it-later-bookmarklet-code
  4. Next, click on the share icon (square with a right arrow) at the top of your Safari page and click “Add Bookmark.” Ensure that it will be saving to the “Bookmarks Bar” and then hit “Save.”
  5. Now click on the bookmark icon (open book) to pull up your bookmarks. Click on the “Bookmarks Bar” folder. Then click “Edit” in the top corner of your window.
  6. Select the bookmark that you just created. Change the name to something of your choice–perhaps ‘Read it Later’ or ‘Read Later’ Next delete the URL shown and paste the new code that you copied in step 2 (press and hold, then release, then tap “Paste.” Hit “Bookmarks Bar” located in the bottom top left corner to go back.  Click “Done” located in the top right corner. Click the bookmark icon to make it disappear.

Those are all the steps! You’ve now installed the Read it Later bookmarklet on your iPad.

To bookmark a page: Hit your Read it Later bookmark that’s on your Bookmarks bar.

Note: the first time the Read it Later bookmarklet is used, it will ask you to log in.

Steps for installing Read it Later bookmarklet on the iPhone

  • First be sure you’ve had a look at the install steps for Instapaper via the link above so you are comfortable with the steps.

The remaining steps will be completed via the iPhone only but keep it open on your computer browser so you can continue to follow the steps.

  1. From your iPhone, go to “Settings.” Choose “Safari.” Be sure JavaScript is turned “On” and that Accept Cookies is set to “From visited.”
  2. Next, launch this page via Safari on your iPhone –> http://wp.me/p1iIjD-di
  3. Now copy the code in this link (press and hold on the code and then release; then adjust the blue overlay so it coves the entire code, and tap “Copy.” read-it-later-bookmarklet-code
  4. Next, click on the share icon (square with a right arrow) at the bottom of your Safari page and click “Add Bookmark.” Without making any changes, hit “Save.”
  5. Now click on the bookmark icon (open book) to pull up your bookmarks. Click “Edit” in the bottom corner of your window.
  6. Select the bookmark that you just created. Change the name from Untitled to something of your choice–perhaps ‘Read it Later’ or ‘Read Later.’ Next delete the URL shown and paste the new code that you copied in step 2 and hit “Done” located in the bottom right corner.  Click “Done” located in the bottom left corner. Click “Done” located in the top right corner.

Those are all the steps! You’ve now installed the Read it Later bookmarklet on your iPhone.

To bookmark a page: Hit the bookmarks button and choose your Read it Later bookmark.

Note: the first time the Read it Later bookmarklet is used, it will ask you to log in.

Image source: Read it Later

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Read it Later is now Pocket: View tutorial for Pocket

  • Rasanandas

    I did install read later in my iPad, but I didn’t set any user name and password for login. What to do, please advise. Thanks in advance. Ronaldo

  • PPitalia

    Please help with installing . Please mail more simplified way of installing Thanks

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  • Wangyi724

    Update needed?

  • http://dsimmer.com/ Dean P. Simmer

    Looks like the code no longer works. Does not work with my account even though I am logged in.

  • alca3z

    This is now a working code for Pocket

    javascript:(function(){ISRIL_H=’080c';PKT_D=’getpocket.com';ISRIL_SCRIPT=document.createElement(‘SCRIPT’);ISRIL_SCRIPT.type=’text/javascript';ISRIL_SCRIPT.src=’http://’+PKT_D+’/b/r.js';document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(ISRIL_SCRIPT)})();

  • alca3z

    javascript:(function(){ISRIL_H=’080c';PKT_D=’getpocket.com';ISRIL_SCRIPT=document.createElement(‘SCRIPT’);ISRIL_SCRIPT.type=’text/javascript';ISRIL_SCRIPT.src=’http://’+PKT_D+’/b/r.js';document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(ISRIL_SCRIPT)})();

  • Angela

    thank you for really great clear instructions, I paid for another bookmarking app which I could not install because the instructions were so bad.

  • Housewife

    HEY!!!!!!!’ I do not have an engineering degree nor am I a great puzzle solver. Try to SIMPLIFY this process. Geeeeeze!