You can use read-later apps to bookmarks digital content. You can use such apps to save articles and websites.

You will have a moment later to catch up on current affairs when you don't have an internet connection. There are five read-later apps that we strongly recommend.

All of these apps have a free tier, so you can find a read later solution that offers the right layout, and has the features you need before making a decision.

1. Instapaper

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Instapaper is a very popular app that allows users to save and read articles later. One of the strengths of Instapaper is its ability to format. It's easy to read on a small screen with the app saving the content of web pages.

Adding to that ease of reading is that you can change the look and feel of your screen with a variety of options. With folders to sort your saved articles into categories, and the ability to sort articles by popularity, it's easy to organize your Instapaper content.

The ability to highlight text and add up to five notes a month is offered by Instapaper, as well as the ability to listen to your saved content.

Most average users will like the free offering of Instapaper. If you want to take things to the next level, you can subscribe to an Instapaper Premium subscription for a fee. Premium gives you full-text search, unlimited highlights and notes, a text-to-speech playlist, and unlimited use of the speed reading feature.

On the Apple App Store, you can find Instapaper.

2. Matter

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The creators of Matter say it's a powerful reading tool for active and demanding readers. If you're offline, Matter will allow you to save articles, threads, and PDFs into your queue to check out later. It is possible to listen to your saved content with a human sounding voice.

You can subscribe to individual authors in Matter. If you subscribe to Matter, you'll get fresh content in your feed from over 10,000 leading journalists.

All your newsletter subscriptions can be delivered directly to the app with Matter. If you sign up for a new subscription, you can use your unique Matter email address to receive content directly into the app.

You can highlight your screen with Matter by long pressing and dragging. Matter calls it "Quoteshots," snippets of text that are designed to be shared on the social networking site.

There are discovery options offered by Matter. There is a tab dedicated to staff picks. On a daily basis, Matter handpicks between five and 10 recommendations from across the social media platform.

Matter can be found on the Apple App Store.

3. NewsPal

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NewsPal is a great offline browser that has a free tier but is well worth the annual fee that is currently charged. The 200MB download limit is taken away by Premium.

The developer of NewsPal was tired of being forced to play games when they were stuck on the subway. With the ability to download entire websites to your device, and then instantly load an ad-free version for you to peruse, this offline reader will ensure you have something to read.

NewsPal allows the setting of download schedulers. You can set NewsPal to automatically download the latest version of your favorite websites overnight, then be able to browse fresh content on your morning commute without any cellular coverage.

The app uses an auto-update feature that learns your NewsPal usage pattern and adjusts your content refresh time.

NewsPal is available in the Apple app store.

4. PaperSpan

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PaperSpan allows you to save articles to read or listen at any time, even if you don't have an internet connection. PaperSpan has an ad-free layout that is easy to read on both phones and tablets with the option to choose a dark or light theme and adjust brightness.

PaperSpan's organization function is strong, the app automatically auto-categorizes content so you can choose your next read to match your mood. If you only have five minutes to spare, you can tailor your next read or listen to what you want to hear. You can put your articles in different places.

You can use the PaperSpan app to highlight text, create notes, and send single articles to your device. How many articles you've read, how many you have to read, and a snapshot of your reading habits are some of the things PaperSpan has to offer.

PaperSpan Premium is an excellent option if you're interested in reading statistics. It shows you your read rate, daily peak reading time, categories you read, and your most popular sites. It also allows you to send multiple articles to your Amazon account.

PaperSpan can be found in the Apple App Store for the iPhone and in the Google Play Store for the mobile device.

5. Pocket

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Pocket's "Save" is one of the things we like. Don't forget to read. It's a slogan. Pocket has been designed to capture the content that comes at you all day long, allowing you to organize your own space filled with only the topics you care about. Even if you're offline, you can use Pocket to save stories, articles, news, sports, and videos.

Pocket has a clean layout that can be tailored to your liking. The dark and sepia themes are designed to reduce visual stimulation before you sleep. Pocket has a feature that lets you listen to text without looking at it. Estimated reading times are provided by the pocket.

It's a great way to find new content on Pocket. Pocket offers up "best of the web" content that's been discovered by Pocket users and approved by Pocket curators

Pocket is a read-later app that is free to download and use. You can enjoy a permanent library of your saves, even if they disappear from the web, if you choose to go ad-free or premium.

Pocket can be found in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.