Frequently Asked Questions




What is a bookmarklet?

Bookmarklets are tiny programs that you can add to your browser's Bookmarks Bar in order to add new features & functionality to the browser. When clicked, a bookmarklet can perform a wide variety of tasks such as running a search query, comparing prices across shopping websites, extracting data from a table etc. 

In the case of EmailThis, our bookmarklet discards all ads and distractions from an article or web page & creates a readable view with only the important text and images of that page.


Does EmailThis work on all browsers?

Yes, it works on all browsers, irrespective of your operating system (Mac, Windows, Linux etc). All you need to do is drag the EmailThis bookmarklet to your browser's Bookmarks Bar.

A quick note, some browsers might have the Bookmarks Bar hidden by default. You can show the Bookmarks Bar by using the following keyboard shortcuts -  

Mac:

Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer (IE) or Edge browsers: Command + Shift + B

Firefox: Command + B


PC:

Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer (IE) or Edge browsers: Control + Shift + B

Firefox: Control + B

I have also written short visual guides on how to use EmailThis on different platforms and devices.


Will it work on my mobile/tablet? Can I use it save web pages from my iPhone/Android device?

Yes, you can use EmailThis to save web pages and articles when browsing using a mobile device.

If you are using an Android device, since there is no Bookmarks Bar, you need to use the Address Bar to save web pages. If you find an interesting article, click the address bar and type "EmailThis". You'll see an option which starts with "javascript://". Tap that option and EmailThis will send you an email with that article/web page. 

Please check the how to save web pages guide for a much clearer idea.


Is it free? What's the catch?

Yes, Email This is a free service. You are welcome to install our bookmarklet or browser extension for free and save articles for later reading.

However, running a web application costs money. I want to be able to continue developing and maintaining Email This for many more years and for that, I need your support.

If you find continued utility, please consider purchasing the Premium Plan. This allows you to save unlimited bookmarks, send PDF/DOCX/images and other files as email attachments and gives you access to the latest updates.

If you are not convinced about EmailThis and the Premium plan, do read some of the testimonials and reviews given by our users.



Can I trust you with my email?

Yes! Your privacy and security are my top priority. Your email will only be used to send you the articles that you save or to communicate some absolutely critical updates regarding EmailThis.

Also, this website itself uses SSL encryption to secure the connection between your browser and our server. 


How is it different from Instapaper / Readability?

Unfortunately, Readability closed down on September 30, 2016, and is no longer available.

Instapaper is a wonderful tool. I started using it first when Marco Arment was the sole developer building it. Since then, it has been acquired by Pinterest. While it has apps and extensions for almost all platforms, my only gripe with it is that you either need to install a separate app or login to my Instapaper account to access all your saved links. I use multiple devices to read - a MacBook at work, an Android mobile or an iPad at home/during commute/breaks. With Instapaper, I need to install the app on all my devices and have it sync my bookmarks. Also, if for some reason, Instapaper goes down, I need to worry about backing up and exporting my bookmarks.

With EmailThis, it is much simpler. This service will simply send you an email with the contents of the article that you find interesting. Since an email client is something that comes built-in with most devices, there is no need to install any additional applications.

Emails are automatically synced to your email clients, so you can read your articles even when you are offline.

I am sure Instapaper will be around for a long time. After the Pinterest acquisition, they have blogged about continuing the development of Instapaper and they have even made their premium features available as part of the free plan. However, if something happens to their servers or if their service is interrupted, you might have to look at ways to backup or download your bookmarks. This is not the case with EmailThis. We will simply forward all your bookmarks to your email address so you don't need to worry about backing up your bookmarks or worry about losing them.

All email services have spent a considerable amount of time to make their searching & filtering capabilities top-notch. Using EmailThis, you can leverage the full power of that searching capability to find the particular bookmark/article that you are looking for.


How smart is the article extractor? Does it work on all web pages?

I’d like to think that it is pretty smart ;) For most blogs, news articles, recipe websites, magazines, guides/tutorial websites etc., the extractor is able to remove ads & distractions from the page, leaving only a readable view of the text and images.

However, in cases where we are not able to extract useful content from a page, we will email you the link itself which you can then open and read.

Another point to note is that if a web page is behind a login system, then we will not be able to extract useful content from it. In such cases also, we will email you the link itself.


I don't want emails from EmailThis cluttering my primary inbox. Can I move it to a separate folder?

Sure, most email services like Gmail and Outlook have options for filtering and separating emails into separate “folders” or “labels”.

You can create a filter in Gmail/Outlook that adds a particular label to all emails from “bot@emailthis.me".  I have written a small visual tutorial that walks you through the process of setting up a separate label for messages in Gmail.


I think I found a bug. How do I report it?

Thanks for taking out the time to report bugs and send your suggestions. It will help me improve the product.

Please drop me an email at bharani@emailthis.me. Alternately, you can also tweet to me @bharani91.


Ugghh! It doesn't work / I can't use it in my browser. Can you help me out?

Sure, send an email to support@emailthis.me and I'll be happy to help you out. Please do mention the browser and operating system that you are using. It will help me debug the issue.


Do you have a Chrome/Firefox/Safari browser extension or add-on?

Our Chrome Extension is available on the Chrome Web Store. I am working on extensions for Firefox, Opera & Safari. Follow me on Twitter to get notified when those extensions is available.


Who is behind this project?

Hi, I am Bharani. Nice to meet you.

I am a designer, full-stack web developer and amateur boxing enthusiast from Pondicherry, India.

I enjoy reading about technology, marketing, productivity hacks and mindfulness. Click here to see a list of some of my favorite blogs and websites.

I am @bharani91 on Twitter.