chrome reading list

The Google Chrome web browser on your desktop computer has a handy “Reading List” feature. It’s an easy way to save things for reading later, and it syncs with your iPhone or iPad. We’ll show you how to add web pages to the list.

The “Reading List” button on the desktop can be found on the right side of the bookmarks bar. If it’s something that you don’t want, it is possible to remove it.

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How to Use the Reading List in Google Chrome

The Reading List is a similar concept to bookmarks but intended for reading material that you find online. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chrome on the desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and for iPhone and iPad. The feature isn’t available on Android, although it probably will be eventually.

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Add Web Pages on Chrome for Desktop

After opening Chrome on your computer, the first thing to do is find a web page that you would like to read later. Once you have, click the star (bookmark) icon on the right side of the address bar.

A menu with two options will appear. Select “Add to Reading List.”

add to reading list

It’s as simple as that to add to your Reading List.

To actually use the Reading List, you’ll need to have the bookmarks bar visible. This can quickly be achieved by typing Ctrl+Shift+b on Windows or Cmd+Shift+b on Mac, or by going to Settings > Appearance > Show Bookmarks Bar.

show bookmarks bar

Now you’ll see the Reading List on the far-right side of the Bookmarks Bar. Click it, and you’ll see all of your saved articles in a list.

open the reading list

“Unread” pages are located at the top, while “Pages You’ve Read” are situated at the bottom. You can also see how long it’s been since the pages were added/read.

Mouse-over a page to mark it as read/unread, or to remove it from the Reading List.

delete or mark read

Add Web Pages on Chrome for iPhone and iPad

Chrome for iPhone and iPad has two different ways to add web pages to your Reading List. It can either be done from Chrome or from another app.

In Chrome on your iPhone or iPad, find a page to save for later, and then tap the share icon in the address bar.

Next, select “Read Later” from the menu.

select read later

That’s it! The page is now in your Reading List.

The second method allows you to add things to the list from outside of Chrome. Find a news article or story that you’d like to read later in any app. In this case, we’re using Apple News. Find the share button in the app and tap it.

Next, find “Chrome” in the app row and select it.

select Chrome

From the Chrome menu, tap “Read Later.”

select Read Later from menu

To access the Reading List on your iPhone or iPad, open Chrome and tap the three-dot menu icon at the bottom.

open the menu in chrome

Select “Reading List” from the menu. You’ll notice a number that indicates unread pages.

select Reading List

The Reading List will open with “Unread” pages at the top and “Pages You’ve Read” at the bottom. Pages marked with a green check are ready to read offline.

Reading List layout

Tap “Edit” in the bottom corner to manage the list.

edit the list

From here, you can select pages and delete or mark them as read.

delete or mark read

The Reading List isn’t something that everyone will want to use, but it’s a nice, simple alternative to apps that provide similar services. It all happens right inside of Chrome without any additional software. That’s handy.

RELATED: How to Disable and Remove the Google Chrome Reading List

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