It’s handy to save websites and articles as PDFs so you can read them later. Here’s how you can quickly generate a PDF on your iPhone or iPad, and then save it with a service like Pocket.
How to Save a Full-Page Screenshot as a PDF
In iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and newer, you can take a full-page screenshot of a website in Safari and save it as a PDF in the Files app.
There are two notable points about this new method:
- The PDF generates as one continuous page without any page breaks.
- Instead of a regular PDF, with an A4 page width, the PDF is the same width as the iPhone or iPad on which you’re viewing it.
If you want to generate a cleaner PDF of the page—without the ads and formatting—switch to Reader Mode first. To do this, tap and hold “AA” in the upper-left corner, and then tap it again to customize the text layout.
Open the website on your iPhone or iPad and take a screenshot. If you have an iPhone X-style device with a notch, or an iPad Pro with Face ID, press and hold the “Side” and “Volume Up” buttons together until you see the screenshot animation.
If you’re using an iPhone or iPad with a Home button, press it, along with the “Power/Sleep” button to take a screenshot.
You see a little screenshot preview in the bottom-left corner—tap it.
You’re now in the screenshot editor. Tap “Full Page.”
Now, the whole page appears. You can use the scrollbar at the right edge of the screen to navigate. Because you’re in the screenshot editing screen, the entire annotation suite is available to you. You can doodle over the PDF or use arrows to highlight sections.
You can either save the PDF to the Files app or export it to any app of your choice. To save it to the Files app, tap “Done.”
In the popup, tap “Save PDF to Files.”
Next, select the location in which you want to save the PDF; you can choose the local drive, external storage, or a cloud storage account. After you select the location, tap “Save.”
If you want to send the PDF to an app—as an attachment in the Mail or Books apps, for example—tap the Share button (the box with an upward-pointing arrow). Select the app to which you want to send the PDF.
How to Save a Website as a PDF From the Share Sheet
If you prefer a more traditional method to save a website as a PDF, you can find it in the Share Sheet. This method creates the familiar, paginated PDF in the A4 size.
In iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and above, a new option allows you to choose between a regular PDF and a Reader PDF.
Open the page in Safari and tap the Share button.
At the top of the Share Sheet, you see the title of the page; just below it, tap “Options.”
If necessary, switch to the “Reader PDF” option to create a stripped-down version of the webpage. If you plan to read a long article on your iPad, this is the best option.
After you select the PDF option you want, tap “Done.”
You now return to the Share Sheet. Here, tap “Save to Files.”
Next, select the output folder, and then tap “Save.”
You can now go to the Files app and tap the file to preview it. Tap the “Share” button to open the PDF in the Apple Books app or a third-party PDF reader.
How to Save a Website as a PDF From Any Brower Using Shortcuts
If you use a third-party browser, you don’t have the same PDF creation options you do in Safari. However, you can use a shortcut called “Make PDF.” This shortcut creates a PDF using a URL from any app.
Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad and tap “Gallery.”
Here, tap the “Search” field, and then type, “Make PDF.”
Tap the plus sign (+) next to the “Make PDF” option.
Tap “Add Shortcut.”
The shortcut is added to your Gallery, and it appears directly in the Share Sheet if your device runs iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or above. If your device runs iOS 12 or below, tap “Run Shortcut” in the actions bar to access the shortcut.
Go to a website, and then tap the Share button.
In the Share Sheet, scroll down and tap “Make PDF.”
You see the shortcut working. After the PDF generates, you see a preview of it. Tap the Share button.
Choose “Save to Files” to save the PDF to an iCloud Drive or local storage. You can also choose an action, like “Copy to Books,” to open the PDF directly in the Apple Books app. If you have a third-party PDF reader, you can select it.
How to Save a Website as a PDF in iOS 12 and Earlier
If your iPhone or iPad runs iOS 12, you can use the Create PDF action to convert a website into a PDF.
Open the page in Safari and tap the Share button.
Next, go to the Actions list (the second horizontally scrolling list) and tap “Create PDF.”
You now see the PDF preview—scroll to view the entire page, and then tap “Done.”
If you want to share the PDF to a particular app, tap the Share button to open the Share Sheet. In the popup, tap “Save File To.”
Now, select the location where you want to save the file, and then tap “Add.”
The PDF is now in the location you specified. Open the Files app, and then tap the file to open or share it.
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