Automatically save your Safari reading list for offline viewing [Pro tip]


Automatically save your Safari reading list offline
Access your reading list anywhere, anytime.
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Safari pro tips bugWe want to help you master Safari. Cult of Mac’s Safari Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of Apple’s web browser on iOS and Mac.

Need something to read on the go when you don’t have great data connectivity? Automatically save your Safari reading list to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac so that you can keep up with your favorite sites anytime, anywhere.

We’ll show you how in this Safari pro tip.

Adding pages to your reading list is a great way to ensure you don’t miss out on interesting articles that you don’t have time to read right away. And saving those pages locally means you can access that content at all times, without the need for Wi-Fi or a stable data connection.

So that you don’t forget to save your reading list to your iPhone or iPad, you can have Safari do it automatically. The same can be done on macOS, too, although it’s arguably not quite as useful there. We’ll show you how.

How to save you Safari reading list offline

Simply follow these steps on iOS and iPadOS:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Scroll down to Reading List, then enable Automatically Save Offline.

And follow these steps on macOS:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click Safari in the menu bar, then click Preferences…
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Enable Save articles for offline reading automatically.

All your saved pages inside Safari’s reading list should now be accessible at any time, even when you have no Wi-Fi or data connection at all. Note, however, that you will need to give pages a little time to be downloaded and saved (after first adding them to your list) before you head out.