How to Setup Safari for Offline Reading of Web Pages

Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.

Whether you’re underground between subway stops, caught in a dead zone, or your internet is out, the most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.

If you have an iPhone or iPad linked to an iCloud account, you can save articles to your Reading List for later reading offline using a feature buried in Settings. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for iPhone and iPad using Safari browser

Dilbert and Empathy
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

Check out TechSavvy.Life for similar blog posts!

Enable the Reading List

First we need to make sure iCloud is set up to save your Safari bookmarks and Reading List. To do that, open Settings and tap on your name at the very top. Refer to below image:

Offline Reading 1
Accessing Settings

Next, tap iCloud. See below image:

Offline Reading 2
Accessing iCloud

In iCloud settings, scroll down until you see Safari. Tap the toggle (it will turn green) to enable if it’s not already on. See following image:

Offline Reading 3
Accerssing Safari for iCloud

Return back to the Settings main screen. Scroll down to the Safari option and tap to open. Note! This is a different setting than the one mentioned above. Refer to below image:

Offline Reading 4
Accessing Safari from Settings

Now, scroll down to the Downloads option and ensure that iCloud Drive option is selected. In my example, the option is selected. See below image:

Offline Reading 5
Accessing Downloads

If not selected, tap the Downloads option and select iCloud Drive from the two available options. See following image:

Offline Reading 6
Accessing Downloads options

Continue to scroll down until you find the Reading List section. There you will see the toggle for Automatically Save Offline. Simply enable this toggle. When enabled, the toggle color will turn green. Refer to below image:

Offline Reading 7
Enabling offline reading

Save to the Reading List

Now exit Settings and launch Safari. Whenever you’d like to save a web page to your Reading List for offline viewing, tap on the Share button at the bottom of your screen. See below image:

Offline Reading 8
Accessing the Share button

A pop-up menu will appearr. Select the Add To Reading List option. See following image:

Offline Reading 9
The Add to Reading List option

View Your Reading List

To view your Reading List later, tap the Bookmarks button at the bottom of your screen. Refer to below image:

Offline Reading 10
Accessing the Bookmarks button

Now, tap on the tab that looks like a pair of glasses in the uipper center of your screen. See below image:

Offline Reading 11
Accessing your offline Reading List

From here, you can tap on any one of the items you’ve saved and it should load even if no internet connection is available. See following image for my offline reading list:

Offline Reading 12
Previewing your offline Reading List

I hope you found this post helpful. If so, please leave a comment and or a tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath