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How to use Instapaper on Android (Droid) - App configuration

Updated on September 1, 2011
The RSS Feed link is to the lower-right of your Instapaper Unread page.
The RSS Feed link is to the lower-right of your Instapaper Unread page.

My favorite iPhone app (when I had an iPhone) was Instapaper, which allows you to save articles you'd normally read on your computer for offline reading on your iPhone. I often find interesting articles I want to read on my computer in the morning, save them to Instapaper, and then read them while taking the subway to work.

Well, now I'm a confirmed Android guy. I had a Nexus One for a year and a half, and now have an HTC Sensation. Sadly, the app doesn't exist for the Android platform (the developer states that he doesn't have the time currently to port it over) but there is a workaround that works beautifully. (These will work if you have an Android tablet, too)

BenPaper


  1. In the Android Market, search for, download and install BenPaper.
  2. Click the Menu button on your phone and click the Settings button.
  3. Back on your computer, look for your Instapaper RSS URL. On http://www.instapaper.com, go to your Unread page and look for the RSS Feed link in the right column under FOLDER TOOLS. Copy down the long link, which should be of the format like:
    http://www.instapaper.com/rss/99999/uVKHWlSX3KwGRJCD8zaPjG07YE0
    You can do this by hovering over the link and seeing the full URL to the lower left corner of your browser window.
  4. Enter this URL in your Settings field of BenPaper on your phone. Hit the Confirm button.
  5. Your Instapaper articles should start loading. If they don't, click the Menu button again and press the Update button.

EverPaper


An alternative to BenPaper is a great new app called EverPaper that allows you to pull in your Instapaper articles, and also share via EverNote (optionally). Definitely worth checking out.

Yet another option...InstaFetch


I've been using InstaFetch for the past year now, and really like it. It does load articles oddly slowly (even on my dual-core Sensation, which is blindingly fast otherwise), but it does feel the most like InstaPaper, if you're used to that UI.

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      Gunnar 6 years ago

      THANKS!

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      Pat 7 years ago

      instapaper pro works for me also, had free version but upgraded.

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      irunbackwards 7 years ago

      I like Instantpaper Pro, it's $1.99 though. Free version doesn't autosynch but is good enough for lite users.

      https://market.android.com/details?id=com.geekwork...

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      Shrike 7 years ago

      EverPaper seems to me like the best overall app for Instapaper+Android.

      http://www.appbrain.com/app/everpaper/com.homelinu...

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      Jason Menayan 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Rob: GOOD idea! Glad it works.

      Immortal: I agree - you have a great app. I've been using it for a couple of months now and I updated my post above recommending it.

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      Jeremy 7 years ago

      Perfect. Just what I was looking for. Went with EverPaper. Thanks so much.

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      Immortal 7 years ago

      Hi there Instapaper fans. You might want to also check out my InstaFetch (http://instafetch.immortal.pl ) app which nicely integrates with Instapaper.

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      Rob 7 years ago

      Take your long instapaper URL and shorten it with a service like bit.ly so you don't have to type in that craziness. It works.

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      Mark G. 8 years ago

      Thanks. Works well on the Nexus One so far....

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      uvmann 8 years ago

      Any idea we it is currently not working? (with the HTC Desire, Android 2.1)

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      Alan 8 years ago

      Sooo cool. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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      Cian 8 years ago

      Much better to just use Read it Later together with Paperdroid, it means you get instant syncing, and can add sites from the browser on the phone too.

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      Nokia 5800 Themes  8 years ago

      Love the application and thanks a lot for giving step-by-step instructions.

      Like your hub very much!!

      Hope that next time i will use the application correctly... ;-)

      @Immortal Thanks for sharing free application with us...

      Cheers!

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      petertaylor 8 years ago from UK

      Instapaper is one of my very favorite apps. So simple. Thanks for the instructions!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks

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      Immortal 8 years ago

      I was also looking for a way to use Instapaper on Android but didn't find it. So I just created an app for this by myself. If you're interested, check out InstaFetch (http://instafetch.immortal.pl) - a free app which synchronizes with Instapaper and allows adding web pages to Instapaper directly from the device. Greetz.

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      Bill 8 years ago

      It would be awesome if there was a way to add new items to the unread feed from Andriod. If the browser supported bookmarklets, that would be fine.

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      peter616 8 years ago

      really informative tips . thanks

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