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How to save and organize links on your Android device

Saving URLs for later reading can sometimes be a bit awkward... that is, until you've tried Basket - Bookmark & Read Later. Jack Wallen introduces you to this user-friendly Android app.

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How often do you come across a link to something that you want to save so you can read it later? What do you do? You can save the link to the likes of Pocket or Google Keep, you can email the link to yourself, or you can let an app like Basket - Bookmark & Read Later help you out. This free tool allows you save links from anywhere you can access your (free) account and view them at any time. It's incredibly simple to use (from both Android and a desktop web browser).

Let's install Basket and take a look at how it works.

Installation

You install Basket just like you would any Android app. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search for basket - bookmark & read later
  3. Tap Install
  4. Read the permissions listing
  5. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept
  6. Allow the installation to complete

Usage

When you first launch the app, you'll be required to create an account. Tap Sign Up and then enter the details (name, email address, and password). Once you've completed that, the app will open, and you're ready to go. Here's what you need to do to add a URL to your Basket:

  1. Open a URL in your default browser
  2. Tap the browser menu button
  3. Tap Share
  4. When the share menu appears (Figure A), tap Add to Basket

That's it! The URL will be saved into your Basket account, ready to be viewed at a later time.

Figure A

Figure A
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Adding to Basket on a Verizon-branded Nexus 6.

When you tap Add to Basket, you'll be prompted to select a category for the URL. If you have no categories created (there are none by default), you'll have to create one. When prompted (Figure B), give the category a name, and tap Add.

Figure B

Figure B
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Adding a category for a saved URL.

You can also create categories (outside of adding a URL) by doing the following:

  1. From the Basket main window, swipe right from the left edge of the screen
  2. Tap the plus sign [+], as shown in Figure C
  3. Give the category a name
  4. Tap OK

At this point, you can now save URLs to your newly created categories.

Figure C

Figure C
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Adding a category to Basket.

To open a saved URL, you simply have to launch the app and then tap on the URL to be viewed. This will open the URL in a "reading-only" view (which is quite easy on the eyes).

I've tried a lot of apps for saving and categorizing URLs for later viewing, but (thanks to simplicity and ease of use) Basket - Bookmark & Read Later managed to find its way at the top of the heap. Give this handy app a try, and see if it doesn't become your go-to app for reading URLs later.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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