How to use Bookmarks and Reading List in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Reading List is Apple's version of a read-it-later service. It's built into Safari and available in other apps, allowing you to save articles and other web items for later perusal on your iPhone or iPad. Alongside Reading List are your bookmarks, which, while not available offline like Reading List items can be, are still a great way to quickly find your favorite sites with just a tap or two.

Both Reading List and Bookmarks sync via iCloud, so your links and stories are available no matter which device you have with you, whether you're taking a quick break from work on your Mac, relaxing with your iPad, or commuting with your iPhone.

How to add a bookmark in Safari

  1. Tap and hold on the Bookmarks button in the toolbar while on the page you wish to bookmark in Safari.
  2. Tap Add Bookmark.
  3. Name your Bookmark.

    Tap and hold bookmark button, tap Add Bookmark, name your bookmark

  4. Tap the location (by default, Favorites) to change where you'd like to save the link.
  5. Tap the new location if you're saving your bookmark to somewhere other than favorites (if you want to add it to Favorites, skip this step).
  6. Tap Save.

    Tap location, tap desired location, tap Save

How to search for a bookmark in Safari

If you're having trouble finding a particular bookmark, you can always search for it.

  1. In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar.
  2. Tap the Bookmarks icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Pull down on the bookmarks list to reveal the search bar.

    Tap Bookmarks button, tap Bookmarks icon, pull down list

  4. Tap the search bar.
  5. Enter your query.

    Tap search bar, enter query

How to edit and remove a bookmark in Safari

  1. In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar.
  2. Tap the Bookmarks icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Tap Edit.

    Tap Bookmarks button, tap Bookmarks icon, tap Edit

  4. Tap the - button if you're looking to delete a bookmark.
  5. Tap Delete.
  6. Tap and hold the positioning bars if you want to rearrange bookmarks.

    Tap -, tap Delete, tap and hold positioning bars

  7. Drag your bookmark to its new intended spot.
  8. Tap Done when you're finished.

    Drag bookmark to new spot, tap Done

How to add an article to your Reading List in Safari

  1. Open the website or any other item you wish to save in Safari or any other app that supports adding items to reading list.
  2. Tap on the Share button.
  3. Tap on Add to Reading List.

    Open site or app item, tap Share button, tap Add to Reading List

How to access your Reading List in Safari

Getting to all of those articles you've added to Reading List is just a matter of a couple of taps.

  1. Tap on the Bookmarks button in the bottom navigation menu in Safari.
  2. Tap on the Reading List button (looks like a pair of glasses).

    Tap Bookmarks button, tap Reading List icon

How to delete an article from your Reading List in Safari

After you've read an article, you can easily remove it from your Reading List.

  1. Tap on the Bookmarks button in the bottom navigation menu in Safari.
  2. Tap on the Reading List button (looks like a pair of glasses).

    Tap Bookmarks button, tap Reading List icon

  3. Swipe left on top of an article you want to delete.
  4. Tap Delete.

    Swipe left on article, tap Delete

Questions?

If you want to know anything else about adding bookmarks or Reading List items to Safari on iOS, let us know in the comments.

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