The internet is filled with interesting pages to read, though we rarely have time to do it. Manage your Reading List in Safari to keep track of all those posts and read them at a more convenient time.
Safari’s Reading List allows you to quickly save web pages on any Apple device for viewing at a later time. It’s great for storing recipes, blog posts, reviews, or news updates. Anything that you might find online but not have time to read right away.
However, as with many things, it’s easy to let your Reading List get out of hand. Unmanaged, a Reading List can bloat and become disorganized, filled with articles you’ve already read or no longer have any interest in reading.
But alas, all is not lost! Read on below to learn how to manage your Reading List and sync it across all your Apple devices automatically.
- 1 How to View Your Reading List
- 2 How to Edit Your Reading List
- 3 How to Save Pages for Offline Viewing
- 4 How to Sync Your Reading List Across Devices
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How to View Your Reading List
To view your Reading List on an iPhone or iPad, launch Safari and tap the Bookmarks button, which looks like an open book.
View your Reading List by tapping the reading glasses icon at the top of the screen.
To view your Reading List on a Mac, launch Safari and open the Sidebar by clicking the Sidebar button or using the shortcut cmd+shift+L.
Then view your Reading List by clicking the reading glasses icon.
How to Edit Your Reading List
1) Save Pages to Your Reading List
Load the web page you want to save in Safari. Tap the Share button and choose Add to Reading List.
Load the relevant page in Safari then use any of the methods below to add that page to your Reading List:
- Click the share button and choose Add to Reading List
- Hover over Safari’s Smart Search field and click the plus button that appears
- Use the shortcut cmd+shift+D
- Or shift-click any link to save that page to the Reading List
2) Delete Pages from Your Reading List
Open your Reading List and swipe left on the item you wish to delete, then tap Delete. Alternatively, tap Edit and select multiple pages to remove from your Reading List at once.
Open your Reading List and control-click the item you wish to delete, then click Remove Item.
Alternatively, click Clear All Items… to delete everything from your Reading List in one go.
3) Mark as Read or Unread in Your Reading List
Items in your Reading List automatically mark themselves as read after you’ve viewed them.
This action allows you to simplify your Reading List by viewing only the Unread items at any time.
Sometimes, however, you’ll want to manually mark web pages as Read or Unread, which you can do using the methods below.
Open your Reading List and swipe right on an item. Tap Mark Read or Mark Unread, depending on the current state of the item.
Open your Reading List and control-click on an item. Click Mark Read or Mark Unread, depending on the current state of the item.
How to Save Pages for Offline Viewing
A great feature of Safari’s Reading List is the ability to save web pages to view offline.
That way you can catch up on your reading even without an internet connection or without using precious cellular data.
Open your Reading List and swipe left on an item, then tap Save Offline. Alternatively, tap edit and select multiple pages to Save Offline at once.
If an item is already saved, you can choose Don’t Save to remove the download.
Automatically save your entire Reading List for offline viewing by going to Settings > Safari.
Scroll down and turn on Automatically Save Offline under the Reading List heading.
Open your Reading List and control-click an item, then click Save Offline. If an item is already saved, you can choose Don’t Save to remove the download.
Automatically save your entire Reading List for offline viewing by going to Preferences in Safari.
Under the Advanced tab, check the box that says, ‘Save articles for offline reading automatically.’
How to Sync Your Reading List Across Devices
Your Safari Reading List can sync across all your Apple devices using iCloud and the same Apple ID.
That means any changes you make on your iPhone — adding items, removing items, or marking items as read — automatically mirrors on your Mac, or vice versa.
Follow the steps below to ensure Safari syncing is turned on for iCloud.
- Open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top.
- Then go to the iCloud page and turn on Safari in the list.
- Open the System Preferences app and click on iCloud.
- Make sure the box next to Safari is turned on.
What if Your Reading List Won’t Sync?
Some users have found that their Reading List doesn’t sync across all their Apple devices.
If this is happening to you, try these tips below to fix it:
- Turn Safari off in the iCloud menu, wait 30 seconds and turn it back on
- Ensure all your devices are signed in to the same Apple ID account
- Open your Reading List and tap All instead of Unread to view all items
- Turn your devices off and on
- Sign out of iCloud and sign back in after 30 seconds on each device
- Visit this page on Apple’s website for more advice
That should give you all you need to know to make the most of Safari’s Reading List. Let us know in the comments what web pages you like to use it for!
Dan is a freelance writer based in South West England.
He spent two years supervising repairs as a Genius Admin for Apple Retail and uses that knowledge to keep our troubleshooting guides up to date.
Long before that, Dan turned to Apple products from a musical background. Having owned iPods for years, he bought a MacBook to learn sound recording and production. It was using those skills that he gained a first-class Bachelor of Science in Sound Technology.