How to use Reading Lists in Safari on iPhone and iPad

Load up a list of articles to peruse when you have time with Safari's Reading List and Bookmarks features.

Reading List is Apple's take on a read-it-later service: Built into the Safari browser for iPhone and iPad, Reading List let you save any articles you stumble across while browsing the web for offline viewing; you can then go back and peruse them at your convenience. Bookmarks, in contrast, aren't available offline, but can be added to your Favorites bar for easy repeat access.

Because both Reading List and Bookmarks sync via iCloud, your links and stories are available while you're on the go with your iPhone, lounging at home with your iPad, or while you're enjoying a coffee at your Mac. Here's how to use them.

How to add a bookmark in Safari

  1. In Safari, navigate to the site you wish to bookmark.
  2. Tap and hold on the Bookmarks button in the toolbar.
  3. Select Add Bookmark.
  4. Name your Bookmark.

  5. Tap the location (by default, Favorites) to change where you'd like to save the link.
  6. Press Save.

To add an item to your Favorites bar, follow the same steps above, but during step 5, make sure you select the location Favorites.

How to search for a bookmark in Safari

  1. In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar.
  2. Select the Bookmarks icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Make sure you've returned to the top-level menu by tapping on any back arrows in the upper left corner.

  4. Pull down on the Bookmarks list to reveal the Search bar.
  5. Enter your query.

How to edit and remove a bookmark in Safari

  1. In Safari, tap the Bookmarks button in the toolbar.
  2. Select the Bookmarks icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Make sure you've returned to the top-level menu by tapping on any back arrows in the upper left corner.

  4. From here, you can rearrange or delete bookmarks or add folders in your top-level Bookmarks menu by tapping the Edit button. You can also go into a specific Bookmarks folder or location (for instance, Favorites) to edit Bookmarks there.
  5. When you're finished, press Done.

How to add an article to your Reading List in Safari

  1. Launch Safari from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad (you can also use any other third party app that supports sending links to Safari's Reading List).
  2. Navigate to the web address for the article or page that you'd like to add to your Reading List.
  3. Tap on the Share button.
  4. Tap on Add to Reading List.

    Launch Safari, Navigate to a web page you want to add, tap on share, and tap on Add to Reading List.

The process can vary a little when in App Store apps that support Safari Reading List. If all else fails, just look for a Share button or hold down on a link to see if the option comes up.

How to access your Reading List in Safari

  1. Launch Safari from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Bookmarks button in the bottom navigation menu (looks like a book).
  3. Tap on the Reading List button in the top navigation that looks like reading glasses (Safari may open up to this list by default, so you may just skip step 3).

    Launch Safari, tap on the Bookmarks button, and tap on the Reading List button.

You're now in your reading list! Tap and scroll around to find articles you have saved in your list.

How to delete an article from your Reading List in Safari

  1. Launch Safari from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Bookmarks button in the bottom navigation menu.
  3. Tap on the Reading List button in the top navigation that looks like reading glasses (Safari may open up to this list by default, so you may skip this step).

    Launch Safari, tap on the Bookmarks button, and tap on the Reading List Button

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

  5. Tap on the delete button.

    Swipe left and tap on the Delete button.

As you probably noticed, when you swipe right on an article, you can also mark it as unread. Within the Reading List you can sort items to show all items or just unread items, so marking certain articles as unread might be handy for you.

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