Information overload is real. You don’t always have time to read a 5,000 word feature or a juicy interview when it comes up on your Twitter feed. And even if you have the time, you may find yourself in between subway stops on the subway, in a dead zone, or without a WiFi connection.
The most reliable way to catch up on your digital readings is to make sure they are stored and accessible for offline reading. Many apps and browsers can help you save it for later. So download what you want and keep it readable, even without an internet connection.
Save a webpage in Chrome
For Chrome users on the desktop, the easiest built-in way to save a webpage for offline reading is to download the page as a file. Open the three-dot menu in the top right and select More tools> Save page as. You can also right-click anywhere on the page and select Save as or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + S under Windows or Command + S on macOS.
Chrome can save the entire webpage, including text and media assets, or just the HTML text. Download the file you want to your computer and read the page anytime, even without an internet connection.
Save a webpage in the Android app by opening the three-dot menu icon and tapping the download icon at the top. A banner at the bottom of the screen informs you when the page has been made available for offline reading. click Open minded to view a static version of the page. Access downloads later by opening the three-dot menu and tapping Downloads.
Chrome on iOS and iPadOS
To make an article available for offline reading in the Chrome app on the iPhone or iPad, tap the share Icon (an arrow pointing upwards), and select Add to reading list. Open the browser’s three-dot menu and select Reading list to view saved pages. Long-press a saved item until a menu appears, then tap Open offline version and you can read offline.
Save a webpage in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft’s Edge browser is powered by the same Chromium engine found in Google Chrome, so the instructions here are similar. Click the ellipsis three dot menu in the upper right corner and select More tools> Save page as to download a file to your PC.
On Android, the process is also similar to Chrome, but the three-dot menu is in the lower center of the screen. Tap it, lightly swipe up, and choose Download Page. The download will appear at the bottom of the screen; Tap Open to read. To read later, tap the three-dot menu and select Downloads. Web pages you have saved can be automatically read offline.
On Edge for iOS, the Reading List option appears when you tap the three-dot menu, even though it was grayed out for us. The best way to do this is to tap the Share icon and then Save to Pocket.
Save a webpage in Safari
Save a webpage in Safari by clicking. to open File> Save As. You can then choose between file formats Web archive (all text and media assets) or Page source text (source code only). Choose File> Export as PDF if you need a PDF version of the article.
Safari also has a reading list feature that allows you to save articles for offline reading. Desktop users can access the share Icon and select Add to reading list. Another possibility is Bookmarks> Add to Reading List. After adding, click Show sidebar in the Safari toolbar and make sure the glasses icon is selected. Right-click an entry and choose Save offline.
Make sure saved articles are available for offline reading at by default Safari> Preferences> Advanced. Check the box next to Automatically save articles for offline reading.
The process works similarly on iOS and iPadOS. Tap the share window and choose Add to reading list. Tap the bookmark and select the glasses icon to view your reading list. Long press the item and choose Save offline from the pop-up menu to save the article.
Set saved articles to be made available offline under by default Settings> Safari. Scroll all the way down and toggle the switch next to it on Automatically save offline.
Save a webpage in Firefox
To read offline with Firefox, open the hamburger menu and select Save page as to download the page as a file. You have the choice of downloading the entire page, just the HTML code, or a simple text file.
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Otherwise, the desktop browser relies heavily on integration with Pocket, the Save-it-later service that Firefox manufacturer Mozilla acquired in 2017. Right click and select Save the page in Pocket to do just that, or click the pocket icon in the top right corner. Content stored on Pocket is accessible through GetPocket.com or the Pocket Mobile Apps. Update Pocket to make sure what you have saved can be seen in your account and then read offline.
The iOS version of Firefox has a reading list feature that allows offline reading. Open the three-dot menu in the search bar and select Add to reading list. Once an item is saved, tap on the hamburger menu and select Reading list. Select the article you want to open and it will automatically be made available to you offline.
In the meantime, you can also select Save to Pocket in the iOS and Android Firefox apps.
Extensions and apps
While the Save-it-later Pocket service is owned by Mozilla, it’s not limited to Firefox. It’s available as an official browser extension for Chrome and Safari for one-click save and mobile devices.
Other options include the Save Page WE extension for Chrome and Firefox, which saves web pages to your computer with a single click; Adjust the settings to determine how much information is saved.
For more powerful solutions, turn to the utility software HTTrack (for Windows, Linux and Android) or SiteSucker (for macOS and iOS). These programs can download entire directories of websites from a URL so that you can navigate a website offline.
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