Pocket Transition to Firefox Accounts - FAQ

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What you need to know:

  • All Pocket accounts will be transitioned to use Firefox accounts. For those who enjoy logging in to Pocket via Google or Apple, you'll still benefit from the enhanced security that's enabled by having Pocket backed by Firefox accounts.
  • By using a Firefox account to access Pocket in any browser or mobile device, you will benefit from Mozilla’s privacy policy which always puts the user first. (To learn how to manage your Firefox account and the data associated with it, click here).
  • Users will continue to be able to log in to Pocket via Apple ID or Google sign in, powered by their existing (or new) Firefox account.
  • This change, which will affect all Pocket accounts starting on July 11, 2023, will give users the benefit of enhanced security functionality, like two-factor authentication (2FA) and account recovery keys.
  • All Pocket users will need to log in with a Firefox account by August 15, 2023.

Pocket, which has been a part of Mozilla's family of products since 2017, is your home and guide to discover and stay up to date for great content around the Web. Pocket lets you save things from anywhere on the Web and find suggestions from our editors for what to read next. When you use Pocket, you can access saved articles and videos in a private and secure account, and read or watch on your computer or mobile device.

In order to provide additional security benefits to users, all Pocket accounts, including those that use Apple & Google authentication to log in, will be migrated to use Firefox accounts starting July 11, 2023. Users will still be able to log in to Pocket on any browser or mobile device, powered by Firefox accounts.

Why is Pocket migrating to Firefox accounts?

Previously, Pocket allowed users to sign up and log in via four options:

  • Email and password managed by Pocket
  • Firefox account
  • Google account
  • Apple account

Going forward, we are removing Pocket accounts and relying on Firefox Accounts as our centralized and secure account system. Additionally, users will still be able to choose to continue with Google or Apple when logging in. The change is that Google and Apple authentication will be provided via Firefox accounts instead of Pocket directly. Soon all Pocket customers will need to log in via Firefox accounts.

With this transition, not only will it make Pocket more secure, but it also allows you to opt-in to enhanced security functionality like two-factor authentication (2FA) and account recovery keys.

In addition, this will allow our Pocket team to focus on providing more value to the core Pocket product and features.

We want you to have the best security for your account — and we’re lucky to be a part of the Mozilla family of products that have a team working full-time on creating the best authentication experience possible.

What is the account migration process like?

Existing users of Pocket who log in via username or email address and password will be asked to transition their account the next time they log in. At that time, they’ll have the option to create a new Firefox account or use an existing one. They can also skip the migration step for a limited time.

Google and Apple ID authenticated users will be transitioned to authenticate with a Firefox account starting July 11, 2023. After this date, Pocket users will be prompted to migrate to a Firefox account in order to login and access their Pocket account. If you access Pocket via your username and password, you should create a Firefox account or use a current Firefox account to log in at your earliest convenience.

Aside from changing how you log in to Pocket, this does not affect your saved items. For Pocket Premium subscribers, logging in with your Firefox account will not impact your subscription.

How to move to Firefox account login for Pocket

If you’re already logged in, simply log out to be redirected to the Log In page.

  1. Log in to Pocket. If you haven’t already set up your Firefox account, you’ll be prompted with instructions. For Pocket users who log in via Apple ID or Google, please see below
  2. Pocket users who log in via Apple ID or Google, please see *below.
  3. Select Upgrade my account to proceed. (Note: If you select I’m not ready, you will be prompted to transition your account the next time you log in.)
  4. Log in to your Firefox account or create a new one.
  5. You’ll then be redirected to your Pocket account.

And then from now on, simply use Continue with Firefox to log in to Pocket.

For Apple ID and Google login users

Your account will be auto-migrated on July 11, 2023. The next time you login after this date, you’ll access Pocket with your newly created (or linked existing) Firefox account and log in with your Apple ID or Google login.

Note that if you have already signed in to Pocket with your Firefox account, your account has already been converted. There’s nothing else to do!

While we’ll now require a Firefox account to sign up or log in, you can continue using your preferred web browser to access Pocket. Our Pocket browser extensions for many popular browsers and apps for iOS and Android will continue to be available as well.

Common Questions

What is your relationship with Firefox?

Pocket is part of the Mozilla family of products, which are all connected via Firefox accounts.

Do I need to switch to the Firefox browser to keep using Pocket?

No, you do not need to switch your browser. While Pocket now requires a Firefox account to sign up or log in, you can continue using your preferred web browser to access Pocket. Our browser extensions for many popular browsers and apps for iOS and Android will continue to be available as well.

I already have a Firefox account and a Pocket account. What do I need to do to transition my account?

  • If you have already signed in to Pocket with your Firefox account: You’re all set! You are already using a Firefox account, so there’s no action required.
  • If you have not signed in to Pocket using your Firefox account: To transition your account, log in to Pocket using your Firefox account. Then, your Pocket account email address will change to the address you’re using for your Firefox account.

What if my Firefox Account uses an email address that’s different from my Pocket account and I want to change it?

Click here to learn how to change your Firefox account email address.

Can I continue to use my Google or Apple account to log in?

Yes, Pocket will continue to support logging in with Apple and Google as part of the Firefox accounts update.

If you currently log in to Pocket using Google or Apple, you will continue to have the ability to log in to Pocket using these accounts. After July 11, 2023 your authentication with Google and Apple will be powered by Firefox accounts.

What happens if I don’t convert my account by the deadline?

After July 11, 2023 you’ll be prompted to transition your account the next time you attempt to log in to Pocket’s app or website. By August 15, 2023, you will not be able to proceed to your Pocket saves until you complete the Firefox account update.

Is there any cost associated with this transition to Firefox accounts?

There is no cost to sign up for Pocket, and there is no cost to move your existing Pocket account to a Firefox account.

I have a subscription to Pocket Premium. Do I need to convert my account?

All Pocket users are being asked to transition their account. If you subscribe to Pocket Premium, there will be no impact on your subscription or the available features.

How does this change impact my privacy?

It doesn’t. Pocket is a part of the Mozilla family of products. By using a Firefox account to access Pocket, your account is subject to Firefox and Pocket’s terms of service and privacy policies. To learn how to manage your Firefox account and the data associated with it, click here.

I use Pocket on my Kobo e-Reader. How does this change affect how I log in to Pocket?

Kobo is committed to maintaining support of Pocket on all their eReaders and will update the Pocket login to support Firefox accounts.

Kobo users logged in to an existing Pocket account will not be affected, nor lose access to their accounts. For new Pocket users with accounts created after August 2023, an eReader update will be required and Kobo will have a new sign-in flow to support Firefox accounts.

Existing users who want to switch to a Firefox account to login must update their eReaders at that time to continue using Pocket. Kobo users can also continue to use Pocket on their iOS or Android device or use Pocket’s website.

I no longer want to use Pocket. What should I do?

If you no longer wish to use Pocket, you can click here to export your account data (optional) and access the account deletion page here.

Warning: Account deletion is permanent and cannot be undone.

Can I delete my Pocket account without deleting my Firefox account?

Yes, you can delete your Pocket account without impacting your Firefox account. To make changes to or delete your Pocket account, click here. Before deleting your account, we recommend exporting your data. Deleting an account is permanent and cannot be undone.

How can I get help with an account-related issue?

If you need assistance regarding updating your account, click here to contact Pocket Support.

What if I want to create username/password access for my Firefox account, even if I authorized Apple or Google?

Access Firefox accounts with the same email address used for Apple or Google access, and you’ll be prompted to create a password.

What if I have authorized both Apple and Google on my Pocket account?

Both can be moved over to your Firefox account.

I need to reset my Pocket account password. How can I do so?

Click here to reset your Pocket account password.

I use Pocket with a Third-Party Integration, such as IFTTT. Can I still use it?

Yes, Third-Party Integrations will still work with the Firefox account login process.

I’m a developer and my app uses Pocket’s “V2” API. Do I need to make any changes?

The V2 API will stop working as part of this update. Developers who used that API should use our V3 API instead.

I can no longer log in to the Pocket Mac app. Will this be resolved?

The Pocket Mac app is no longer supported as of August 15, 2023. Pocket for iOS has been ported to macOS for Macs running Apple Silicon. Click here to learn about Apple Silicon Macs and install Pocket for iOS here if your device is eligible. You can also access Pocket on our website or mobile apps.

I have a question that isn’t answered here. How can I get in touch?

Click here to contact Pocket Support and we’ll be glad to help you.

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