How to download a webpage or article to read offline
The information overload is real. You don’t always have time to read a 5,000 word article or juicy interview when it shows up on your Twitter feed, but there are a number of services that allow you to save it for later, even if you don’t. no internet connection.
Whether you’re underground between subway stations, stuck in a dead zone, or your internet connection is cut, the most reliable way to catch up with your digital reading is to make sure it’s downloaded and accessible offline.
Many apps and browsers support offline reading regardless of your device. Here’s how to download whatever you want and save it for later.
Download a file
The easiest way to save a web page is to download it to your computer. In Chrome, open the three-dot menu and select More Tools> Save Page As. For Firefox, open the hamburger menu and choose save page as. On Safari, go to File> Save As Where File> Export to PDF, and in Microsoft Edge, open the three-dot menu and choose More Tools> Save Page As.
You can also right-click anywhere on the page and select “Save As” with any web browser, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + S on Windows, Command + S on macOS.
Chrome can save the entire web page, including text and media, or just HTML text. Edge can do the same thing, but will let you upload multiple files, all in a single file or HTML only. Firefox, on the other hand, will give you the choice between the full package, an HTML file, and a simple text file. On Safari, you can choose between Web Archive (all text and multimedia items) or Page Source (source text only).
Download the file you prefer on your computer and read the page at any time. The web page will load as a local file and can work even if you don’t have an internet connection.
Download in Chrome (Android)
Add to Safari Reading List
When browsing the web using Safari on macOS or iOS, you can save web pages to your Reading List. By default, the playlist will not automatically make saved items available offline, but you can change this on Mac by selecting Safari> Preferences> Advanced and select the “Automatically save articles for offline reading” checkbox. On iOS, go to Settings> Safari> Automatically save offline and activate it.
Add articles to your reading list on any Apple device by selecting the Share pane and clicking “Add to Reading List.” To view the articles you’ve saved, tap the sidebar icon on a Mac (or the book icon on a mobile) and click the glasses icon.
Add to Chrome Playlist (iOS)
In the Chrome app for iOS, you can save an article for later in two ways. Tap the sharing pane and select “Read Later”, or open the browser three-dot menu and choose “Read Later”.
You can then open the browser three-dot menu and select Reading List to view the saved pages. Long press on a saved item until a menu appears, then press “Show offline version in new tab” and you are ready to read offline.
Add to Firefox Reading List (iOS)
Activate Firefox offline mode (desktop)
As you browse the web, your browsing history is kept in a hidden. Firefox allows you to tap into the cache for offline reading. Open the hamburger menu and select Find out more> Work offline. This cuts off the browser’s internet connection, but allows you to access recently viewed pages. Just start typing the site of your choice in the search bar or go to the hamburger menu and select Library> History for a list of recent sites. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can get you through a dead end.
How to view a cached version of a website
If you are trying to view a web page that is no longer available, there are ways to read a cached version of a website.
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