What is Offline Reading List and How to Use it in Safari on your iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch

Add articles to Reading List in iOS 6With the introduction of iOS 5, Apple included Reading List. This was a way to keep record of a link to a page that you wanted to look up and read at a later time. The only issue with this was that you needed an internet connection to be able to reload the page.

When iOS 6 was released, Reading List was upgraded to include offline reading. This means that you can preload a bunch of articles and webpages on your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch before you jump on the plane and access all of them even though your iOS device is in airplane mode. This feature can obviously be used even when you know you will have a data connection just to save web articles that you can come back to at any time.

Here is how to use Offline Reading List:

1. Open up a webpage on your iDevice in Safari that you want to add to Reading List for later reading.

2. Once the page has loaded, tap the Sharing icon located in the middle of the navigation controls at the bottom of your screen. This will reveal all of the sharing items for this page. In the bottom left corner, you will see an icon with glasses and “Add to Reading List” written below it. Tap on this to add the page to your reading list. The page will download and be saved for later.

IMG_7104IMG_71053.  To access your reading list, simply launch Safari and tap on the Bookmark button at the bottom of your screen just to the right of the sharing icon. Here you will see all of your bookmarks and bookmark folders. At the top of this list is the Reading List. Tap on this to show all of the articles and pages you have saved. Tap any of the articles to read it. Once you have read the article, it will be moved from the Unread section of the Reading List to the All section. The next time you open the Reading List, all you will see are the articles that you have not yet read.

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  4. This just doesn’t work. I save a page to my reading list in ios6 and now ios7 and when I try it offline, it just says Safari can’t access the page because the iDevice is not connected to the internet. Am I the only one? Opens fine when online. Not when offline.

    • That is too bad that it doesn’t work on your device. I just tested it on my iPhone right now and I have data and WiFi turned off and was able to access the saved page. A couple things to keep in mind is that if the webpage has a lot of images it may take a few minutes to fully download so that it can be accessed offline. Other than that, you may want to try to close the app from the multitasking tray and then restart your device and try again. Hope this helps!

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