If you use Safari as your default browser on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you don’t need a third-party read-later service like Pocket. You can use Safari’s built-in Reading List feature to save articles to read later in a distraction-free environment.
How to Use Reading List in Safari for iPhone and iPad
Safari’s Reading List feature syncs all saved articles across all your devices, so you can save an article on your Mac and read it on your iPhone or iPad at your leisure.
You can save both open articles and links to the Reading List. To get started, open the Safari app on your iPhone or iPad, and open the page that you want to save for later.
Then, tap the Share button from the toolbar.
Choose the “Add to Reading List” option. This method will also work in apps that use Safari’s in-app browser.
To quickly add the current page to the Reading List, simply tap and hold the Bookmarks button and choose the “Add to Reading List” button from the pop-up.
You can also press and hold a link and choose the “Add to Reading List” option to quickly add any link to the Reading List without having to open it first.
You’ll find all your Reading List articles in a separate tab in the Bookmarks section. To get there, tap the Bookmarks icon from the toolbar.
Switch to the Reading List tab (the one that looks like a Glasses icon). On your iPad, this will show up in the sidebar.
You will see all your saved pages or articles here. Just tap on a page to open it in Reader View. Here, you can customize the font, font size, and background color.
Once you’re done reading a saved article, you can go to the bottom of the page and swipe up to load the next article.
To delete a single page from the Reading List, swipe left on the page title and tap the “Delete” button.
If you want to delete multiple pages together, tap the “Edit” button from the bottom of the page.
Then select the pages that you want to delete and tap the “Delete” button.
How to Use Reading List in Safari for Mac
While the process of using the Reading List is different for Safari on Mac, you’ll find the same feature set here.
On your Mac, open the Safari app to get started. Then open the page that you want to save for later. Here, go to the URL bar and tap the little “+” button to add the page to the reading list.
Alternatively, you can click the Share button from the toolbar before clicking the “Add to Reading List” button to save the article.
You can also add any link to Reading List. Simply right-click the link and choose the “Add Link to Reading List” option.
In Safari for Mac, you’ll find the Reading List feature in the sidebar. First, click the Sidebar button from the top toolbar.
Here, go to the Reading List tab.
You will now see a list of all saved articles. Click an article to open it in Reader View. From here, you can change the article text size, font, and background theme.
To remove a page from the list, right-click and choose the “Remove Item” option.
If you’re using Safari 14.0 and higher, you can access the Reading List from the new customizable start page as well.
How to Use Reading List Offline on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
By default, the Reading List feature doesn’t download the articles for offline use. If you want to read articles during your commute, this might be a problem. Luckily, there’s a setting that enables the offline feature for Reading List.
On your iPhone or iPad, open the “Settings” app.
Go to the “Safari” section.
Then, from the “Reading List” section, toggle on the “Automatically Save Offline” option.
You can enable the same feature for Mac as well.
After opening Safari on Mac, click the “Safari” button from the top menu bar and choose the “Preferences” option.
Navigate to the “Advanced” tab and enable the “Save Articles for Offline Reading Automatically” option.
Now you’re all set. All the articles that you save for later will be downloaded to your device. Happy reading!
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