If you read web content on a daily basis, chances are you’ve heard of and are probably already using Pocket, the free Read-Later service for saving articles to read at a later time. Pocket is multi-platform, but is mostly used in mobile. However, if you want to conveniently scan your saved articles from your Chrome Browser, there is a way to do so. Pickpocket is an extension for Chrome that lets you view the contents of your Pocket account from a pop up window.
After installing the extension, you’re immediately prompted to authorize Chrome’s access to your Pocket account. Click on the button that says “Authorize Pickpocket to Access Your Pocket account”.
On the next page, enter your Pocket user name and password. Click “Authorize”.
This should get you to the next page which confirms that you’ve authorized the extension. Now, you should have a little Pocket icon on the top right corner of the browser screen. Unread articles are shown in red.
Clicking on this icon now brings up the Pocket link pop up. From here, you can open, add to favorites, or archive the links. Hovering over the bottom right corner of each article item brings up the appropriate buttons: Favorite, Archive and Delete.
Click on the gear icon on the top right corner of the pop up to access the extension’s Settings page. Here, you can change how the toolbar button functions. By default, clicking on it opens a pop up window with all unread Pocket links in a list. You can then click on a link to open it on a new tab.
However, you can also change the setting so that it opens all links at the same instance. You can also choose whether it opens in other tabs or in a new window. To do this, check the box beside “Open unread links in tabs”. If you want the links to open on a new window, put a check mark beside “Use a new window”.
Other settings such as archiving and refresh rates can be adjusted from this same page. You can also limit the number of links to show, with a maximum of 1000 links. It’s important to note that the extension only loads unread links, so anything that you’ve recently read or opened from any other device will not be loaded into the pop up list. Additionally, archiving an item from the pop up list will mark it as read.
In addition to opening existing links you’ve saved in Pocket, this extension also lets you add new links – either by the plus sign button on the pop up menu, or by context menu (right-click) option “Add Page To Pocket”.
For those who value Pocket as a productivity tool, this extension is a great way to experience the same convenience in your browser window. Your saved articles do not have to only be available on your phone or tablet – but also from your browser’s menu bar. With its superb Pocket integration, this extension provides the convenience of a mobile app right inside Chrome.