Information overload is real. You don’t always have time to read a 5,000 word article or a juicy interview when it appears on your Twitter account. And even when you have the time, you may be underground between subway stops, stuck in a dead zone, or have no Wi-Fi connection.
The most reliable way to catch up on your digital reading is to make sure it is saved and accessible for offline reading. Many applications and browsers can help you save it for later. Here’s how to download what you want and keep it readable, even without an internet connection.
Save a web page in Chrome
For Chrome users on the desktop, the easiest built-in way to save a web page for offline reading is to download the page as a file. Open the three-dot menu in the upper 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 on Windows or Command + S on macOS.
Chrome can save the entire web page, including text and media, or just HTML text. Download the file of your choice on your computer and read the page at any time, even without an Internet connection.
Save a web page 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 will tell you when the page is available for offline reading. Click Opened 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 within the Chrome app on iPhone or iPad, tap the Share icon (an up arrow) and select Add to reading list. Open the browser’s three-dot menu and select Reading list to view saved pages. Touch and hold a saved item until a menu appears, then touch Open offline version and you’re ready to read offline.
Save a web page in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft’s Edge browser runs on the same Chromium engine found in Google Chrome, so the instructions here will be similar. Click the three-point ellipsis menu in the upper right 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 at the bottom center of the screen. Tap on it, swipe up slightly, and select Download page. The download will appear at the bottom of the screen; touch Open to read. To read later, tap the three-dot menu and select Downloads. The web pages you have saved will be available to read offline automatically.
In Edge for iOS, the Reading List option appears when you tap the three-dot menu, although it was grayed out for us. Your best option might be to tap on the Share icon and Save to Pocket.
Save a web page in Safari
Save a web page in Safari by opening File> Save As. You can then choose between file formats Web Archive (all text and media resources) or Page source (source text 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 click the Share icon and choose Add to reading list. Another option is Bookmarks> Add to Reading List. Once added, click the Show sidebar on the Safari toolbar and make sure the glasses icon is selected. Right-click an entry and select Save offline.
Make sure saved articles are available for offline reading by default at Safari> Preferences> Advanced. Check the box next to Save articles for offline reading automatically.
The process works similarly on iOS and iPadOS. Tap on the Share panel and choose Add to reading list. Tap on the Marker and choose the glasses icon to view your reading list. Long-press the item and select Save offline in the pop-up menu to save the article.
Set saved articles to be available offline by default in Settings> Safari. Scroll to the bottom and turn on the switch next to Auto save offline.
Save a web page in Firefox
To read offline with Firefox, open the hamburger menu and choose Save page as to download the page as a file. You will have the option to download the full page, just the HTML, or a simple text file.
Otherwise, the desktop browser relies heavily on integration with Pocket, the save-later service that Firefox maker Mozilla acquired in 2017. Right-click and select Save page in pocket to do just that, or click the pocket icon in the top right. Content saved on Pocket can be accessed through GetPocket.com or the Pocket mobile apps. Please update Pocket to ensure that what you saved appears in your account and will be available for offline reading.
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 has been saved, tap on the hamburger menu and select Reading list. Select the item you want to open and it will be available to you offline automatically.
Meanwhile, in the Firefox apps on iOS and Android, you can also select Save to Pocket.
Extensions and applications
Although the save-later service Pocket is owned by Mozilla, it is not limited to Firefox. It is available as an official browser extension for Chrome and Safari for one-click save and on 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 settings to determine how much information is saved.
For more powerful solutions, use the HTTrack utility software (for Windows, Linux, and Android) or SiteSucker (for macOS and iOS). These programs can download entire website directories from one URL, allowing you to browse a site offline.