4 Ways to Save Webpages for Offline Reading

Today you're going to see 4 of my favorite ways to save webpages for offline reading.

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For this article, we'll focus on the following :

  • Download a page from Chrome
  • How to Save Webpages as PDF Files on Chrome
  • Save-for-later service Pocket (formerly Read It Later)
  • How do you Save on Instapaper

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The Internet has been one of the most important inventions of our time. This online society has made life easier in many ways, but it also means that if you don’t have a connection, you’re left out of the loop with all your friends and family on social media.

However, there are ways to save web pages for offline reading so that no matter where you are, you can still catch up on what’s happening without having to worry about data charges. Let’s explore how!

When a 7,000-word feature or juicy interview appears on your favorite notifications, you may not always have time to read it now, but several services allow you to save it for later—even if you’re offline.

Many options are available to save web pages, like save-for-later services, bookmarking services, and offline readers.

Table of Contents

How to Download a Page from Chrome

The best way to save web pages or articles is in PDF format. Follow these simple steps to download a page from Chrome to read offline :

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  1. Open Chrome browser and go to the page you want to Save
  2. On the top right, click the vertical three dots
  3. Go to “More Tools” and tap on “Save page as…”
  4. Save the webpage directly to your Computer
  5. Tap Save

The download will open up in a new tab or save it right away.

How to Save Webpages as PDF Files on Chrome

Follow these steps to save the webpage as a PDF file :

  1. Open Chrome browser and go to the page you want to Save
  2. Press Ctrl +P on your keyboard
  3. A window pops up on the screen
  4. Look for the Destination dropdown
  5. Select “Microsoft Print to PDF” 
  6. Choose the Pages & Layout as per your requirement
  7. Tap on the Print button to save it as a PDF on your Computer

From the “Pages” dropdown, you get to choose the range of pages you want to save.

How do you Save on Instapaper?

Instapaper is another excellent way to save web pages for reading later. You can save any weblink—blogs, articles, videos, cooking recipes, etc.—and easily view them offline; all of the text formattings will be kept intact.

Step 1: Open your browser. Go to www.instapaper.com

Step 2: Log into your account (or sign up if it’s your first time)

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Step 3: Click on Add Link on the top right part of the screen

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Step 4: Provide the webpage link you wish to save and Tap on Save

Step 5: The link gets added and is visible on the homepage.

Step 6: Now you can access it from either your iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, etc.

How to Download from Instapaper?

Step 1: Go on the top right corner of your Instapaper page

Step 2: Look for your Login UserID

Step 3: Click on it, and a dropdown menu appears

Step 4: Tap on Download

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Step 5: Download options such as Kindle, ePub, Printable, and RSS Feed is displayed

Step 6: Choose your preferred choice for downloading the web page.

How do you add a Website to Pocket?

You can use Pocket to save articles or web pages for later reading. Just head to the website and save it using one of these easy steps :

  1. Log into your Pocket account or sign up for a new account
  2. Click on the “+” button in the top right corner and add any article link you want to save
  3. Find the article inside My List
pocket dashboard to add article link

The ability to access your material from any device, even if you do not have an internet connection, is one of the most significant advantages of using it. We frequently have time to read when we’re on a flight or driving, so offline access makes sense for Pocket.

FAQ: Save Webpages for Offline Reading

Does Pocket have a Chrome extension?

Yes, Pocket does have a Chrome extension. Click on get Pocket to download and get it installed.
If you are already using Firefox, then Pocket is already built-in.

How to save items to Pocket using your Android phone or tablet?

You may save web pages directly from your mobile browser and most applications that utilize the standard share menu. Look for the Share button on your Andriod once you’ve discovered something you want to save. Now click on Share and choose “Add to Pocket.” Now go to the Pocket app to access your saved articles.

I save web pages, but they don’t appear in the Instapaper app?

The main reason for this issue could be you are using two different account names. Ensure you’re using the same account name on both the web browser (where you’re saving articles) and the iPhone app (where you’re reading them). 

Now It’s Your Turn

Pocket is a popular save-it-later service. It has been around for a long time. It’s not limited to Firefox either; you can find official browser extensions for Chrome and Safari that will allow you to save web pages with just one click.

If you want more control over how much information is kept or your Computer isn’t compatible, then turn to tools like HTTrack (for Windows, Linux, and Android) or SiteSucker (which is the first dedicated program for iOS and macOS).

These programs can download entire website directories from a URL.

Which strategy do you like best? Let me know in the comments below!

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